RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Christian Standhardinger scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Hawaii never trailed in an 87-76 victory over UC Riverside on Thursday night.
Chris Patton's layup with 10:26 pulled the Highlanders within one, but Standhardinger scored six points during a 10-0 Hawaii (17-7, 6-4 Big West) spurt over the next 2½ minutes. A 3 by Brandon Spearman with just more than 5 minutes left in the half gave the Rainbow Warriors a 35-22 advantage before UC Riverside went into the break on an 8-1 run, trimming its deficit to 36-30.
Patton scored five straight points early in the second half to make it a three-point game but the Highlanders (8-16, 3-7) would get no closer.
Garrett Nevels hit three 3-pointers as Hawaii — which equaled its win total from last season — scored 16 of the next 20 points to put the game away.
Patton finished scored 21.