Sophomore guard Drew Buggs and freshman center Dawson Carper carried the Rainbow Warriors to a 75-54 victory over Cal Poly on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Buggs tied his career-high of 17 points and eight assists, while Carper made a career-high 15 points.
“We have a really unselfish team," Buggs said of the team's performance. "That's my job to give people good shots and open looks. Dawson and our bigs did a great job rolling."
Hawaiʻi (14-9, 5-4 Big West Conference) moves into a third-place tie with UC Santa Barbara, while Cal Poly (5-17, 1-8 BWC) is in last place.
“Carper he is about above 60 percent, plus from the field for the year," head coach Eran Ganot said. "He tries to flush everything at the rim, which he should. He gave us a huge lift and he made sure he would finish.”
UH went on a 6-0 run in the middle of the first half and maintained ball possession to lead 15-8.
The Mustangs cut the deficit to five points with two minutes left in the first half, 20-15.
UH led 26-19 at the half, holding Cal Poly to its fewest first-half points against any opponent this season.
UH shot an impressive 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the field while the Mustangs shot 26.9 percent from the field in the first half.
While the second half started off slow, 3-pointers by senior guard Brocke Stepteau and Buggs made it 36-21 for the 'Bows at 15:59.
Cal Poly went on a 6-0 run to trail within nine, but junior guard Leland Green hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead back into double digits, 49-37 with nine minutes left.
With 4:30 left in the game, senior forward Jack Purchase made his first 3-pointer of the night to tie Zane Johnson's all-time record for 3-pointers made in UH history (180).
Mustang senior guard Marcellus Garrick led Cal Poly with 15 points, while sophomore wing Mark Crowe added 11 points and six rebounds.
Next up for the 'Bows is another Big West match-up against UC Riverside on Feb. 31 at 8 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.