Warriors rout Long Beach State, 94-73
A sizzling first half was more than enough to carry the Hawai’i basketball team to a 94-73 victory over first-place Long Beach State in a Big West Conference showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday night.
The Warriors raced to a 33-point lead in the first half, and then held off the 49ers in the second half.
Hawai’i improved to 14-9 overall with its fourth consecutive victory, and moved into a tie for second place in the Big West at 8-4. The 49ers had their eight-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-9 overall and 9-2 in the conference.
Hauns Brereton scored 21 points to lead five Warriors in double-figure points. Christian Standhardinger continued his torrid pace with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Vander Joaquim scored 18, Brandon Spearman 16, and Brandon Jawato 12.
The Warriors shot 54.2 percent from the field and dominated the boards, 46-21.
The Warriors opened the game with a 16-5 surge in the first five minutes and basically ran away with it after that. A 25-3 run by the Warriors over an eight-minute stretch later in the first half increased the lead to 41-13.
By halftime, the Warriors had a stunning 53-20 advantage. Standhardinger (13), Jawato (12) and Joaquim (12) were all in double-figure scoring in the first half. Joaquim’s difficult turnaround jumper from the baseline went in as the first-half horn sounded, setting off a raucous celebration in the arena.
That celebration would turn cautious as soon as the second half started, when the 49ers came out with a full-court defense that stymied the Warriors. Long Beach out-scored the Warriors 25-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half to cut the Hawai’i lead to 61-45.
The 14-point margin was the closest the 49ers would get, and the Warriors were able to pull away again at the end.
The Warriors will play another Big West Conference home game on Saturday when they host UC Irvine.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.