'Bows start road trip the right way; throttle UC-Riverside

The University of Hawaii men's basketball team continued its success on the road with a 87-76 win over UC Riverside Thursday night at the SRC Arena.  UH improved to 17-7 overall and 6-4 in the Big West with its third straight road win.

The Rainbow Warriors were led by Christian Standhardinger who posted his second straight double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Keith Shamburger  also posted a double-double—his second in as many road games—with 11 points and a game-high 10 assists. Garret Nevels poured in 20 points while Brandon Spearman added 11.

The win moved UH into a tie for third-place in the Big West standings and just 1.5 games within first place. UH shot 54 percent from the game and put a halt to its perimeter woes, nailing 7-of-15 from beyond the arc, including four treys by Nevels.

The game was decidedly closer than UH's 100-69 rout of the Highlanders (8-16, 3-6 Big West) last month as the 'Bows led by just six points at halftime. UH, however, led from wire-to-wire and was in control throughout with double-digit leads in each half.

UH clung to a 17-16 lead midway through the first half but scored 10 unanswered points to kick-start an 18-6 run. That gave the Bows a 13-point lead, however, the team went without a field goal the final five minutes of the half and saw its lead shrink to 36-30 at the intermission.  UH shot 54 percent in the first half while holding the Highlanders to just 37 percent shooting.

The Highlanders cut the deficit to just three points, 40-37, less than three minutes into the second frame. But  UH responded with a 12-2 run to push its lead back to double-digits and were never seriously threatened again as the margin ballooned to as many as 18 points.

UH will look for an unprecedented fourth straight conference road win when its play at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb. 15.Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. HT).