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Hawaii basketball team defeats Cal Poly

  • (Video by Brian McInnis)

    UH point guard Drew Buggs and center Dawson Carper talked after Thursday night's 75-54 victory over Cal Poly in the Stan Sheriff Center. Carper posted a season-high 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting, launched mostly on dunks and lay-ins off pirouettes. Buggs amassed 17 points and eight assists.

  • (Video by Brian McInnis)

    Fueled by reserve power, the Hawaii basketball team surged to Thursday's 75-54 victory over Cal Poly in the Stan Sheriff Center. Head coach Eran Ganot talks after the game.


    Hawaii Warriors guard Drew Buggs goes to the basket against the Cal Poly Mustangs.

A gritty performance carried the Hawaii basketball team to a 75-54 Big West win over Cal Poly tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.

A Valentine’s Day crowd of 2,914 saw senior forward Jack Purchase tie the Rainbow Warriors’ career 3-point record of 180, but the team was carried to victory by sophomore point guard Drew Buggs (career-high-tying 17 points, eight assists) and freshman center Dawson Carper (career-high 15 points, 7-for-8 shooting).

UH (15-9, 6-4 Big West) moved into a third-place tie with UC Santa Barbara with six games to play in the regular season. Purchase will go for the outright record against UC Riverside on Saturday.

It was a defensive battle from the outset. UH led 26-19 at halftime, holding the Mustangs to the fewest first-half points of any opponent this season.

The Rainbows finished shooting 51.8 percent to 37.7 percent for the last-place Mustangs (5-18, 1-9).

A 6-0 Mustangs run brought Cal Poly back within nine, but Leland Green got a 3 to rattle in to extend it back to double digits with nine minutes left, followed by a tough fadeaway off the glass and in.

Cal Poly got it back to nine, but Green again turned back the visitors, hitting a 3 falling over.

Purchase tied Zane Johnson’s career mark of 180 with 4:30 remaining on his second official attempt from long range. He was also fouled on a 3 and finished with five points and eight rebounds.

Mustangs leading scorer Donovan Fields fouled out with 11 points with 2:34 remaining.

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