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Warriors win second straight conference game

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DAVIS, Calif. - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team chalked up an emphatic win for the second straight game with a 90-73 road victory versus UC Davis Thursday night at the Pavilion.
 
After starting league play with a pair losses, UH (12-5, 2-2 BWC) has responded with back-to-back double-digit wins, including its first Big West road win of the year. The win also ended a string of five straight regular-season road losses in league play dating back to last year. The win comes on the heels of a 100-69 home thumping of UC Riverside last Saturday as the 'Bows have now evened their Big West record.
 
All five UH starters finished in double-digits and accounted for 87 of the team's 90 points. Christian Standhardinger led the way with a monster effort. The senior forward posted his sixth double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while also adding five assists, five steals and two blocks.
 
Isaac Fotu scored 20 points, Garrett Nevels poured in 16, Brandon Spearman added 15 and Keith Shamburger finished with 14.  UH shot 58 percent from the floor, 83 percent from the line and tied a season-low with just  nine turnovers.
 
UC Davis (6-14, 1-4 BWC) swept the season series last year on the strength of its three-point shooting and it looked all too familiar early on. The Aggies hit five of their first seven attempts from three, and led by as many as seven points. UH however didn't buckle and began to execute on both ends of the court. UH shot 53 percent from the floor and forced 10 Aggie turnovers in the first half while Shamburger added an exclamation point  with a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the 'Bows a 45-34 lead at the break.
 
UH continued the momentum out of the locker room as its lead ballooned to 65-45 seven minutes into the second. The Aggies eventually cut the deficit to nine points with less than seven minutes remaining but would get no closer as the 'Bows buried the Aggies in the final minutes, building its lead to as many as 23 points. UH shot a sizzling 64 percent from the floor after the break.    
 
UH now heads south to face league-leader and preseason favorite UC Irvine on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. HT).