RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Freshman Dragan Elkaz scored a career-best 25 points on seven 3-pointers and UC Riverside picked up its first conference win, beating Hawaii 75-71 on Saturday night.
Dikymbe Martin added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Highlanders (7-13, 1/3 Big West Conference). Callum McRae had 12 points and five rebounds and Ajani Kennedy had eight points and five rebounds.
UCR had a 36-34 edge at the break and Martin, Elkaz and Ajani Kennedy each sank a 3-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half to push it to 51-45 with 14:53 to play. Hawaii closed to 70-68 with two minutes to go but Martin replied with a layup and a jumper to make it 74-69 with 1:24 remaining.
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