MAUI, Hawaii – Michael Thomas scored 12 points and hit back-to-back baskets — the second one a dunk — late in the game that pushed Hawaii into a slender final lead to beat Pittsburgh 74-70 Friday night.
Isaac Fleming led the Rainbow Warriors (4-1) with 15 points, Nequs Webster-Chan and Garrett Nevels added 11 each and Aaron Valdes scored 10.
Chris Jones scored 19 to led Pitt (2-1). Jones hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to bring the Panthers within 73-70.
Hawaii sank seven of nine free throws in the final 51 seconds, nursing a slight lead. Webster-Chan hit a 3-pointer as Hawaii, working for the final shot, grabbed a 40-36 halftime lead.
Pitt roared back to briefly lead 58-55 when James Robinson scored four straight points, and the game was tied eight times down the stretch until Thomas hit his back-to-back buckets.
Michael Young scored 13 for Pitt and Robinson 12.