December 3, 2017 / 2:35 AM / 16 days ago

Utah takes down Hawaii

Utah takes down Hawaii

Donnie Tillman and David Collette each scored 16 points, leading Utah to an 80-60 win over Hawaii on Saturday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

Tillman, Collette and Gabe Bealer shot a combined 16 of 26 from the floor. The rest of the Utes were 9 of 30.

Leland Green completed an 11-3 Rainbow Warriors’ run to cut the Utes’ lead to 63-51, but Utah pushed it back to 18 while Hawaii went more than five minutes without a field goal.

Drew Buggs scored 14 points and Mike Thomas added 12 for the Rainbow Warriors (4-2), who were 4 of 22 from beyond the arc.

Utah (6-1) made a 12-1 run to take a 59-40 lead on a 3-point play by Jayce Johnson with 11:03 remaining.

Hawaii trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Buggs’ 3-pointer with three seconds left narrowed the Utah’s lead to 37-30 at the break.

Buggs and Samuta Avea combined to make 8 of 12 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The rest of the Rainbow Warriors were 4 of 20.

Hawaii missed its first eight 3-point attempts of the game. Brandon Thomas connected with 1:24 to go to cut the Utah lead to 35-26.

Tillman, who came off the bench, scored seven points during a 15-4 Utah run that broke open an early tie.

The Utes travel to Indianapolis to face Butler on Tuesday. The Rainbow Warriors return home to take on Prairie View A&M on Wednesday.

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