HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Stefan Jankovic poured in a career-high 29 points and the University of Hawai'i men's basketball team pulled away in the second half for an 83-71 win over Hawai'i Pacific on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Aaron Valdes played the role of facilitator for the 'Bows, dishing out a career-high seven assists while also adding 12 points. Isaac Fleming posted 16 points with Quincy Smith adding 10 points and seven rebounds.
Trevor Baker led the Sharks (5-3) with 15 points off the bench and Chauncy Orr added 12 of his own.
The 'Bows were firing on all cylinders to start the game led by Jankovic who scored 14 of UH's first 18 points. Fleming added a pair of early buckets as well and UH led 10-2 just over four minutes into the game.
The Sharks would unleash a run of their own. Back-to-back three pointers from Baker off the bench shaved the UH lead to two points, then another triple from Baker just over a minute later gave them their first lead at 13-12.
Both teams locked in for the rest of the half and the game headed to the break deadlocked at 31-31.
The 15 straight points and 20-2 run by the Rainbow Warriors in the second half ended up being the story of the game. UH scored on five straight possessions to quickly push the lead to 10 points, also taking advantage of a 5:12 HPU scoring drought to pull away. When it was all said and done, the 'Bows led 64-43 with 9:22 to play.
The 'Bows will now enjoy nine days in between games, next facing Northern Iowa at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Tip off at the Stan Sheriff Center is set for 8:00 p.m.