Playing its first game since its dramatic victory in the Diamond Head Classic on Christmas, the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team kicked off the Big West Conference schedule Thursday night with a 74-66 win over UC Davis. did.
Hawaii improved to 10-3 in the 2022-2023 season, while UC Davis dropped to 7-6.
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UC Davis started the game on a 7-0 run with multiple ‘Boes in foul trouble, but Hawaii tamed the Aggies and scored 25 at halftime behind backup point guard Justus Jackson’s play. Took a lead of -23. Bench with 7 points and relentless defense.
Jackson added offensive output in the second half, posting a career-high 12. process. Meanwhile, starting center Bernardo da Silva recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
For UC Davis, Christian Anigwe had a perfect 5-5 from the field in the first 20 minutes, shooting 7-10 with team-leading 21 points and 8 rebounds.
The Rainbow Warriors will wrap up their homestead against Cal Poly on Saturday at 5pm.