The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team was poised to play the role of spoiler but UC Davis used a second-half surge to turn back the Rainbow Warriors, 69-58, Thursday night at the Pavilion.
With the loss UH (14-14, 8-7 Big West) dropped into a tie for fourth-place in the Big West standings with Long Beach State. The 'Bows will close the regular-season against at the 49ers on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the first place Aggies (19-11, 11-4 Big West) completed a perfect 11-0 record at home, the second time in the last three seasons UC Davis finshed the season with a spotless home record. UC Davis will travel to UC Irvine on Saturday with the Big West regular-season title on the line.
Bryton Lemar led four Aggies in double-digits with a game-high 19 points. Lemar scored all but five of those points in the second half to help UC Davis overcome a six-point deficit. Forward Chima Moneke added 14 points and nine rebounds.
Jack Purchase led UH with 15 points off of five three-pointers, while also tying his career-high with nine rebounds. Noah Allen added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Gibson Johnson chipped in 12 points.
Like the first meeting in Honolulu, it was a close affair throughout. UCD took a 30-27 lead into the locker room, but UH came out strong out in the second half. Johnson scored eight straight points for UH to start the half and the Bows built their lead to as many as six on a pair of occasion.
UH led by two, 47-45 with eight minutes left, but the Aggies used a game-turning 15-4 run over the next five minutes to build nine-point advantage, 60-51 with just 3:31 left. A Purchase three-pointer cut the lead to six on the next possession, but that would be as close as UH could get as UC Davis closed with eight of the game's final 12 points.
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