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UH cruises to 60-46 win over Southern Mississippi in Diamond Head Classic


    University of Hawaii forward Gibson Johnson looked to the basket as Southern Miss guard Cortez Edwards followed in the second half.

Hawaii got out to a fast start and cruised to a 60-46 victory over Southern Mississippi in the seventh-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Sunday.

The Rainbow Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak in improving to 5-7 before a sparse Christmas morning crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Golden Eagles fell to 3-9 with their eighth consecutive loss.

UH got out to a 10-4 lead as Brocke Stepteau hit two 3-point shots in the early going. Southern Miss tied it at 17-all, but Hawaii then went on a 10-1 run and controlled the game the rest of the way.

Jack Purchase led UH with 17 points, including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Gibson Johnson added 10 points.

Michael Ramey led Southern Miss with 11 points and Eddie Davis added 10.

It was Hawaii’s fourth Christmas Day win in a row, and sixth in the eight-year history of the holiday tournament of which UH is the de facto host.

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