Hawaii guard Zane Johnson hit six 3-pointers and the Rainbow Warrior basketball team pulled out a 77-71 road win over San Jose State today.
Johnson led Hawaii (18-10, 8-7 Western Athletic Conference) with a game-high 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range, as the Rainbows won their fifth straight.
Johnson now has 90 3-pointers, the second highest single-season total in school history.
Hawaii forward Bill Amis had 19 points and nine rebounds as the Rainbows completed the season sweep against the Spartans. Center Vander Joaquim and guard Bo Barnes added 12 points each. Point guard Miah Ostrowski had two points with 10 assists with no turnovers.
UH shot 46.7 percent from the field, hitting nine of 21 3-pointers, and went 12-for-15 from the free-throw line.
Adrian Oliver led four San Jose State players in double figures with 18 points, 12 coming in the game’s final 10 minutes. Guard Justin Graham scored 15 for the Spartans (15-13, 5-10), who made eight of 13 3-point attempts.
With the win, Hawaii is tied with New Mexico State and Nevada for fourth place in the WAC. The Rainbows close the regular season on Saturday at Fresno State.
Hawaii trailed by 10 midway through the first half before going on a 13-2 run to take the lead at 28-27.
SJSU held a 37-36 lead at halftime and UH moved ahead 43-39 on a jumper and 3-pointer by Johnson early in the second half.
Keith Shamburger hit a 3-pointer to give SJSU a 50-48 lead and the Spartans eventually built a six-point lead on an Oliver layup with 5:50 left. Hawaii remained within striking distance, closing to 68-67 on Johnson’s fifth 3-pointer with 3:40 left.
After Shamburger missed two free throws, Amis hit a jumper to beat the shot clock to give UH a 69-68 lead at the 2 minute mark.
Oliver was then called for an intentional foul on SJSU’s next possession. Barnes made both free throws to give UH a three-point lead.
SJSU’s Will Carter made one of two free throws and Johnson drained his sixth 3-pointer to stretch the UH lead to 74-69 with 40 seconds left.
UH answered two Oliver free throws with an Amis layup and Barnes added another free throw with 8 seconds left for the final margin.