UCR ends Big West winless streak
HONOLULU (AP) — Menno Dijkstra scored 17 points, Chance Murray added 16 points with six assists and UC Riverside beat Hawaii 64-60 on Wednesday night.
It was UCR’s first victory in Big West play, broke a 10-game losing streak and was the first victory for interim coach Justin Bell, who took over when Dennis Cutts was fired Dec. 30.
The visiting team won for the fifth straight time in the series.
Hawaii’s Brocke Stepteau cut the deficit to 59-57 with 45 seconds left on a 3-pointer and after DJ Sylvester answered with a 3, Stepteau added another 3 to make it 62-60. Dijkstra sealed it at the line with two makes.
Sylvester finished with 12 points for UC Riverside (6-17, 1-8 Big West).
Michael Thomas led Hawaii (13-9, 4-5) with 18 points. Stepteau added 11 and Jack Purchase grabbed 10 rebounds. The Rainbow Warriors shot just 33 percent from the field.
Hawaii was just 10-of-30 shooting in the first half but it was tied at 30-all after UC Riverside was outrebounded 22-9. The Bows finished with a 40-26 edge on the glass.