ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Garrett Nevels scored 19 points and Aaron Valdes 15, and both grabbed nine rebounds, as Hawaii held off East Carolina 75-73 on Wednesday to win the fifth-place game at the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Hawaii withstood a season-high 10 3-pointers by the Pirates (3-3) with a 41-29 rebounding advantage.
Hawaii's biggest lead of 11 points came early in the second half. ECU rallied to lead with 8:18 remaining. Hawaii came back with a 14-3 run, including six points from Nevels. Five straight ECU points cut Hawaii's lead to four, 68-64, with 2:26 remaining. Neither team scored over the next minute and three free throws by Bobbitt in the final 13 seconds secured the win.