UH takes down Davidson

HONOLULU (AP) — Sheriff Drammeh scored a career-high 22 points and Gibson Johnson tied his career best with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team to a 79-71 win over Davidson on Saturday night in the consolation bracket of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.  Leland Green hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and Jack Purchase scored 10 for Hawaii (8-3).

Drammeh scored eight points during a 17-2 run, capped by his 3-pointer, that gave UH a 12-point lead fewer than eight minutes in, and the Rainbow Warriors led the rest of the way. Green hit a 3-pointer to make it 40-32 at the break.

Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored six points in the first four-plus minutes of the second half to help Davidson trim its deficit to 48-45, but Johnson converted a three-point play to spark a 9-0 run that pushed the lead back to 12 points when he hit two free throws with 13:29 to play. The Wildcats never got closer than seven again.

Peyton Aldridge led Davidson (4-6) with 23 points, but was 7-of-21 shooting, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats will play Akron in the seventh-place game, and the Rainbow Warriors will play Princeton in the fifth-place game, on Monday. The tournament has an off day today, with the Hawaii Bowl being held at Aloha Stadium.