Despite shooting 48 percent from the field, the Rainbow Warrior basketball team struggled to contain Long Beach State in their Big West Conference opener, falling 89-81 at “The Pyramid” on the road.
The Warriors (9-5, 0-1 BWC) have now lost their sixth straight game against LBSU (7-10, 1-0 BWC) since joining the Big West as LBSU simply dominated against Hawaii’s big men, shooting an absurd 63 percent from the floor with 50 of the team's points coming in the paint.
LBSU shot 65.5 percent in the first half for an eight-point lead at the break and would continue to stretch its lead until a late Warriors comeback in the final minutes of the game brought the deficit to four points.
The Warriors tried to play the foul game at the end of the game by putting LBSU on the free throw line, but they were unsuccessful. Warrior guard Brocke Stepteau scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Sheriff Drammeh and Drew Buggs combined for 29 points.
As for LBSU, it was a team effort in today’s win as four players tallied at least 18 points, including a game-high 21-point performance from Barry Ogalue.
The Warriors will look to turn this road trip around at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m., HT.
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