Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Cal Riverside Highlanders
Hawaii is 5-6 in the Big West and will take on UC Riverside, who is 2-9, and in last place. But the Highlanders have won two of their last three games, including a 69-62 win over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday. Hawaii broke a five-game losing streak with a 62-61 win over UC Irvine on Thursday. Cal Riverside defeated Hawaii on Feb. 7, 64-60 on the road.
Thomas leads Warriors over Anteaters
Michael Thomas hit four free throws in the final 42 seconds to lead Hawaii over UC Irvine on Thursday. That win for the Rainbow Warriors snapped a five-game winning streak for the Anteaters. Gibson Johnson and Sheriff Drammeh scored 13 points apiece to lead Hawaii. While Thomas added 10 points and seven rebounds, but went just 1-of-7 from the field. Hawaii had to grind this one out because they shot just 35.2 percent from the field and 4-of-17 from beyond the arc (23.5%). Their foul shooting (20-24) was key to the victory. Defensively, they held UC Irvine to 42.3 percent from the field and 3-of-20 from the three-point range (15%).
On the season, Hawaii averages 69.8 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting. They allow 69.7 points per game on 44.4 percent and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Martin leads Highlanders over Matadors
Dikymbe Martin scored 18 points to lead UC Riverside over UC Northridge on Wednesday night from the Matadome. The Matadors used just seven players, including Reggie Theus Jr, who led them with 19 points in 36 minutes. The depth of UC Riverside paid off as they used 10 players and just one played over 30 minutes. Chance Murray played 35 minutes and finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists but shot just 4-of-13 from the field. The Highlanders shot 40.3 percent from the floor and 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. On the season, UC Riverside averages 63.5 points per game on 39.7 percent shooting (31.4% 3pt). They allow 71.6 points per game on 42 percent shooting (32.7% 3pt).
- 1-7 ATS last 8 after an ATS win.
- 2-6 ATS last 8 Saturday games.
UC Riverside is:
- 4-1 ATS last 5 overall.
- Underdog is 4-0 ATS last 4 in this series.
Hawaii has one less day of rest, which is a big advantage for the Highlanders. UC Riverside won the first game and they’ll take the second with ease.