Eddie Stansberry hit all five of his 3-pointers in the second half to carry the Hawaii basketball team to an 82-75 win over Division II counterpart Hawaii Hilo tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
A season-low crowd of 2,054 was on hand to witness UH (5-4) snap a three-game losing streak, but the Rainbow Warriors had to fight to the final buzzer to earn it and beat the Vulcans for the seventh time in eight years — and sixth straight year at the Sheriff.
Hilo kept it close down the stretch despite Stansberry matching his season bests in points with 19, plus a season-best 16 points from point guard Drew Buggs.
Zigmars Raimo scored all of his 13 points in the first half to help UH take a 37-31 lead at intermission.
UH finished with a season-high-tying 11 3-pointers and shot 54.7 percent, but UHH was nearly as efficient at 52.8 percent.
Guard Kupaa Harrison recorded 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting for the Vulcans, adding 10 rebounds and five assists. Larry Bush added 20 points.
UH improved to 11-0 all-time against UHH, which was allowed to count the game as an exhibition for its part.
The Rainbows next face Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 16.