LONG BEACH, Calif. - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team squandered a sizable early lead in a 65-50 Big West Conference loss to Long Beach State on Saturday night at the Walter J. Pyramid.
The 'Bows fall to 15-8 overall and 3-4 in the Big West. Long Beach State improves to 12-11 and 6-1 in league play.
Roderick Bobbitt had eight steals to put him 11 away from breaking the UH single season record set by Tom Henderson in 1972-73 campaign.
Stefan Jankovic led the 'Bows in scoring for the second straight game with 13 points on 5-9 shooting. Mike Thomas added eight points and tied his career-high of 10 rebounds before fouling out.
Travis Hammonds led the 49ers with 12 points and David Samuels added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Hawai'i got off to a fantastic start, reeling off the first 12 points of the game and holding the Beach to without a bucket until 13:36 remaining in the first half. Long Beach State would rally, using an 11-0 run late in the half highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from Hammonds. The 'Bows would stem the tide though and carry a 27-26 lead into the break.