HONOLULU (AP) — Gibson Johnson tossed in 18 issues on Eight-of-Nine capturing and Brocke Stepteau added 12 issues and 5 assists to lend a hand Hawaii slip previous UC Santa Barbara 77-76 on Saturday evening.

Sheriff Drammeh added 11 issues and 6 rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (12-Five, Three-1 Big West Conference), whilst Michael Thomas scored 11.

Max Heidegger crowned the Gauchos (12-Five, 1-2) with 22 issues. Heidegger, who leads the convention with a 21.6 scoring moderate, had simply 3 issues at halftime. Jalen Canty chipped in with 16 issues and 8 rebounds, Leland King II and Gabe Vincent added 11 issues apiece and Marcus Jackson scored 10 as all 5 UCSB starters scored in double figures.

Stepteau and Drammeh blended to attain 19 within the first part as Hawaii shot 58 % from the ground and took a 42-33 lead into intermission.

Gibson scored seven in a 13-6 run to open the second one part to offer the Rainbow Warriors a 55-39 lead. But Heidegger discovered his capturing contact and scored 11 in a 13-Zero run to tug the Gauchos inside 55-52 with 12:21 left to play. The Gauchos hung tricky and trailed 64-63 with four:10 left on a Vincent layup, however Jack Purchase knocked down a Three-pointer and Drew Buggs hit from lengthy vary to offer Hawaii a 72-65 lead with 51 seconds left. Heidegger hit 3 loose throws and a Three-pointer to chop the deficit to 3 with 10 seconds left, however Johnson made 1 of two loose throws to offset Jackson’s Three-pointer on the buzzer for UCSB.

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