A tie for second place is on the line when Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara meet tonight at 8 p.m. (or so) in the Stan Sheriff Center.
Both teams are 4-2. Cal State Fullerton, which is 5-2, has a bye tonight.
> UH forward Jack Purchase is 10 away from tying Zane Johnson‘s UH record of 180 career 3s. On Thursday, Purchase set the UH record for most 3s attempted in a career. He has launched 475. Of course, there’s no telling how many Clarence “Pop” Dickerson and Aaron Strayhorn would have been credited with launching if the 3-pointer had been in place back in the day. Back story: Back in my Ka Leo O Hawaii days, I’m interviewing Riley Wallace, who was Larry Little‘s assistant at the time. This skinny guy keeps draining deep shots during the interview. Wallace said the guy was transferring from Elon, and that he’s very good. It turns out it’s Dickerson. And he was very, very good. By the way, “Elon” is the answer to the four-letter North Carolina college, a clue that appears at least once a month in the New York Times’ crossword puzzles.
> Zigmars Raimo is easily the most improved, leading the ‘Bows in shooting accuracy (58.4 percent) and steals (26). Also remarkable is how he backed his pledged to improve his free-throw shooting after converting 45.8 percent in the first 17 games. In the past three games, he has converted 11 of 13 (84.6 percent).
> After leading the Gauchos in scoring last year (19.1 points), guard Max Heidegger has struggled to regain his accuracy. He missed the first nine games because of an ailment. In nine games this season, he is averaging 7.3 points on 24.3-percent shooting. But the Gauchos have enough weapons. Ar’mond Davis, a 6-6 transfer from Alabama, is averaging a team-high 14.3 points. Guard Devearl Ramsey, a transfer from Nevada, averages 3.5 assists. JaQuori “J-Rock” McLaughlin, an Oregon State transfer, is one of four double-digit scorers. Robinson Idehen, a 6-10 post with a 7-3 wingspan, and Amadou Sow (6.3 rebounds) provide an interior presence.