Jordan Roberts hit a pull-up jumper with a half of a second staying to lift Long Beach State to a 68-66 victory over Hawaii in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament tonight at the Honda Center.
The result finished the Rainbow Warriors’ season at 18-13, and vaulted the 49ers into Friday’s semifinal round against best seeded UC Irvine.
The ‘Bows driven by upwards of 18 in the first half, and were ahead 59-47 with 7:03 to play.
However, a 16-4 flood helped the 49ers set up an dramatic finish.
UH center Zigmars Raimo’s layup tied the score at 66 with 15.6 seconds left
After a timeout, the 49ers inbounded to Deishuan Booker, their best playmaker. Booker fed Roberts, who drove the paint and hit the go-ahead basket.
UH’s final hope finished when 6-foot-9 Mason Riggins thumped down Drew Buggs’ inbounds pass.
The 49ers scored 14 of the last 18 points in the first half to near 37-29 at the intermission.
The ‘Bows caught control right on time, due to a limited extent to an inside-outside attack. The ‘Bows hit nine of their initial 10 shots inside the arc, completing 12-for-18 from that run in the first 20 minutes. They additionally figured out how to moderate Booker with a succession of defenders.
In any case, the 49ers, as they have done all season, started to initiate fouls at a fast rate. Regardless of being constrained to 8-for-24 shooting in the first half, including 0-for-4 on 3-point endeavors, they drew 12 UH fouls. The 49ers hit 13 of 19 free tosses in the first half. The ’Bows made one of two.