Hawaii holds on to beat Long Beach State in Big West final
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Aaron Valdes scored 14 points, Stefan Jankovic scored all 10 of his points in the second half, and Hawaii hung on late to beat Long Beach State 64-60 in the Big West Conference Tournament championship game Saturday night.
The Rainbow Warriors (27-5) earned an automatic bid to their fifth NCAA Tournament and first since 2002.
Top-seeded Hawaii blew a 12-point, second-half lead and was tied at 58, but Jankovic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:45 to go and the Rainbow Warriors made it stand up.
Nick Faust scored 17 points before fouling out to lead the third-seeded 49ers (20-14).
Justin Bibbins missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer for Long Beach State with 5 seconds to go, and Noah Blackwell and A.J. Spencer missed potential go-ahead 3s in the final 90 seconds as well. The 49ers finished 5 for 22 from 3-point range.