Utah’s Diamond Head Classic drought came to an end against the tournament host.
Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Kyle Kuzma, the Utes clamped down defensively and held Hawaii to 29 percent shooting in a 66-52 victory on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Junior David Collette finished with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Utes (8-3), who improved to 3-0 in games after a loss and won for the first time in five attempts in the DHC after finishing eighth out of eight teams in 2010.
Jack Purchase had 13 points and Brocke Stepteau added 11 points for Hawaii (4-7), which has scored 97 points in two tournament games.
Hawaii will play Southern Mississippi in the seventh-place game on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.