UH ends regular season with loss to Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Temidayo Yussuf made all nine of his field-goal attempts and finished with 23 points, Roschon Prince had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Long Beach State beat the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team 84-75 on Saturday.
After Sheriff Drammeh’s jumper brought the Rainbow Warriors to within 65-64, Long Beach State (14-18, 9-7 Big West) went on a 16-4 run and led 81-68 on Prince’s jumper with 1:53 remaining. The 49ers led 45-39 at halftime.
Long Beach State moved a game ahead of the Rainbow Warriors, who finished fifth in the conference standings — the NCAA announced on Friday that UH (14-15, 8-8) had won its appeal of its postseason ban and is eligible to play in the Big West tournament.
Noah Blackwell scored 17 points and Justin Bibbins added 12 for Long Beach State. The 49ers shot 54 percent (32-of-59) from the field and outscored Hawaii 44-18 in the paint.
Noah Allen led the Rainbow Warriors with 21 points, Leland Green added 14, Drammeh scored 12 and Gibson Johnson 10.
Hawaii will face Long Beach State, the No. 4 seed, again in the first round of the Big West tournament on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.