UH gets past Prairie View

HONOLULU (AP) — Drew Buggs scored 17 points, Brocke Stepteau added 16 and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team beat Prairie View A&M 72-60 on Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Prairie View trailed by 13 points in the second half but pulled within 61-57 with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left. Stepteau answered with a deep 3-pointer, as the shot clock was ending, for the Rainbow Warriors’ second field goal in their last 13 attempts.

The Panthers went without a field goal for the final 4:30 of the game.

Michael Thomas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Hawaii (5-2), which turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 20 points.

The Rainbow Warriors scored the first nine points of the game but didn’t have a field goal in the closing six minutes of the half.

Gary Blackston led Prairie View (2-6) with 27 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Zachary Hamilton added 19 points, five rebounds and four steals.

UH next hosts UH Hilo on Saturday.

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was honored at the game, presented with his retired No. 14 jersey. Wong, a native of Hilo, starred at UH from 2009 to 2011. His number is only the third retired at UH, joining Les Murakami’s No. 11 and Derek Tatsuno’s No. 16.