UE drops UST to end three-game slump in UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball

The University of the East Red Warriors clamped down on the University of Santo Tomas to come away with a resounding 81-51 win in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball tournament on Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Red Warriors pulled away after a 20-9 second quarter that pushed their 11-point first-frame lead to a 22-point spread at the half, 45-23. UE then just pounced more in the second half, leading by as much as 34 after a Harvey Pagsanjan triple with 43.1 seconds left in the match, 81-47.

"Game plan namin talaga ngayon is not to involve UST ano? We all know medyo maybe down 'yung morale nila pero 'yun 'yung nakakatakot eh," said Red Warriors coach Jack Santiago in the postgame huddle.

CJ Payawal heated up after halftime, dropping all of his 17 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists for UE.

Luis Villegas chimed in 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and two blocks.

UE improved to 4-5 while extending the UST's woes to seven games at 1-7.

Adama Faye was the lone bright spot for the Growling Tigers with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Cebuano gunner Nic Cabañero was held to seven points on a 2-of-15 clip from the field.