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Standhardinger, Hawaii beat UC Riverside 87-76

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- 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 2 1/2 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.

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