UC Riverside ends UH’s five-game winning streak, 75-71

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Freshman Dragan Elkaz scored a career-best 25 points on seven 3-pointers, and UC Riverside ended the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team’s winning streak at five with a 75-71 win Saturday.

Jack Purchase scored a season-high 24 points to lead the Rainbow Warriors (11-6, 2-1 Big West Conference). Sheriff Drammeh added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Drew Buggs had nine points, nine assists — to go along with no turnovers — and six rebounds.

Dikymbe Martin scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Highlanders (7-13, 1-3). Callum McRae had 12 points and five rebounds, and Ajani Kennedy had eight points and five rebounds.

UC Riverside had a 36-34 edge at the break and Martin, Elkaz and Kennedy each sank a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to push it to 51-45 with 14:53 to play. Hawaii closed to 70-68 with two minutes to go, but Martin replied with a layup and a jumper to make it 74-69 with 1:24 remaining.

The Rainbow Warriors return home this week to begin a four-game homestand, starting with a matchup Wednesday against UC Irvine.