Hawaii 83, San Jose St. 76
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Jeff Blackett scored a career-high 19 points as Hawaii beat San Jose State 83-76 Saturday night.
Michael Kuebler, the leading scorer in the Western Athletic Conference, added 16 points as the Rainbow Warriors (10-3, 2-1 WAC) won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Jason Carter had a career-high 14 points and Julian Sensley added 13 for Hawaii.
Eric Walton scored 19 points to lead the Spartans (5-8, 0-3), who lost their fifth straight. Demetrius Brown added 15 points and Brett Lilly had 12.
After trailing much of the game, San Jose State rallied to within 72-69 when Brown made a pair of free throws with 1:52 to play. But the Spartans couldn’t cut the deficit any further, as Hawaii responded with key baskets down the stretch.
San Jose State was still within three points, however, when Blackett converted a key three-point play with 29 seconds remaining.
Hawaii made nine of its first 11 shots and took a 35-25 lead with 4:08 remaining in the first half. The Rainbow Warriors took a 40-28 lead into halftime on the strength of 15-of-25 shooting, their best percentage in any half this season.