Hawaii pulls away from UAPB late Sunday

HONOLULU — Hawaii went on an 11-0 run going into the second half to come from a 27-25 deficit and went on to lead by as many as 30 points Sunday night in an 81-54 men’s basketball win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second night of the Rainbow Classic.

Hawaii took off after building a 33-27 halftime lead, hitting 54.8 percent of its field goals in the final 20 minutes to finish the game shooting 49.1 percent (28 of 57). UAPB went cold from the field in the half, connecting on 7 of 38 shots and finishing 17 of 65 for 26.2 percent.

The Golden Lions (0-2), who play Maryland-Eastern Shore at 8 p.m. Central today in the final night of the Classic, also went 4 for 22 from three-point range and converted 16 of 23 free throws for 69.6 percent. Lazabian Jackson led UAPB with 12 points, five assists and three assists, while Terrell Kennedy added 10 points and eight rebounds, Davon Haynes 11 points and six boards, and Mitchell Anderson nine points and six boards.

Starter Hauns Brereton and reserve Vander Joaquim led Hawaii (2-0), which will play Houston Baptist for the Classic title tonight, with 15 points apiece. Brandon Spearman had 12 points and Nebraska transfer Christian Standhardinger added 11.

Hawaii hit 11 of 24 three-point baskets for 45.8 percent and shot 14 of 20 free throws for 70 percent.

The score was tied five times and the lead changed eight times in the first half. UAPB’s biggest lead was 8-3.