HONOLULU — Jack Purchase made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 40 seconds and finished with 21 points to help Hawaii hold on for its fourth consecutive win, 77-72 over UC Davis on Saturday night.
Sheriff Drammeh added 14 points, while Gibson Johnson and Leland Green scored 11 apiece, for Hawaii (13-5, 4-1 Big West).
Buggs and Drammeh hit 3-pointers 44 seconds apart during a 10-0 run that gave Hawaii a 49-39 lead with 14 minutes left and UC Davis trailed the rest of the way. The Aggies trimmed their deficit to three points on three occasions in the final 2½ minutes, but got no closer as Purchase scored six points and the Rainbow Warriors made 9-of-11 free throws from there.
TJ Shorts II had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Aggies (12-7, 3-2) and Siler Schneider added 16 points. Chima Moneke had 14 points and nine rebounds, but committed nine of UCD’s season-high 23 turnovers, which Hawaii converted into 24 points.
The Rainbow Warriors had a season-best 13 steals — including three apiece by Purchase, Johnson, Green and Drew Buggs.