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Warriors pull away from Long Beach State, 74-57

Brocke Stepteau scored 16 points with five assists and Eddie Stansberry added 14 points and five rebounds tonight to help Hawai’i pull away from Long Beach State, 74-57, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

A vocal Stan Sheriff Center crowd of about 4,200 watched Zigmars Raimo add 11 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors improved to 13-7 overall and 4-2 in league play. Mason Riggins scored 18 points and Deishuan Booker added 14 points for the 49ers, who fell to 8-14, 2-4.

Long Beach State jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first five minutes but UH responded with a 13-4 run and tied it at 15-15 on Stansberry’s 3-pointer from the right corner. Soon after, Stepteau scored on a three-point play to put the Warriors ahead got good at 18-17 with 8:48 remaining in the half.

Hawai’i led 36-28 at halftime, and after the 49ers closed it to 41-40 on Riggins’ layup with 15:08 left, the Warriors later went on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 57-47 on Buggs’ three-point play with 8:19 remaining.

The Beach could not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.


More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

Big West Conference
Thursday’s Results

Cal Poly 71, at UC Riverside 45
UC Irvine 66, at UC Santa Barbara 62 (OT)
Long Beach State at Hawai’i

Saturday’s Games
UC Davis at UC Riverside
UC Irvine at Long Beach State
Cal Poly at CSUN
UC Santa Barbara at Hawai’i

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