Hawaii beats Southern 71-57

HONOLULU (AP) Stefan Jovanovic and Aaron Valdes each scored 13 and Hawaii led almost the entire way in a 71-57 win over Southern on Monday night.

Hawaii (11-4) pulled away during the middle of the second half with a 17-2 run to take its largest lead at 58-34.

Southern (3-11) had runs of seven and eight straight in the final 10 minutes but got no closer than 69-56 on Tre Lynch's jumper with 1:28 left.

Lynch led the Jaguars with 13 points and made all three of Southern's 3-pointers. Trelun Banks added 12 points.

Hawaii held Southern to 23 first-half points and Mike Thomas finished with five blocks.

Both Hawaii and Southern host Prairie View A&M for their next games - Hawaii for its final nonconference game on Tuesday and Southern to open Southwestern Conference play on Saturday.

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