Gameday: Long Beach State

The UH student section donned "Minion" costumes prior to the Rainbow Warriors' game against Long Beach State.
The UH student section donned “Minion” costumes prior to the Rainbow Warriors’ game against Long Beach State.

As golden opportunities go, it doesn’t get much better for Hawaii tonight.

The Rainbow Warriors already had borderline-sellout crowd behind them at the Sheriff Center for Long Beach State. Then, UC Santa Barbara went and shook up the Big West.

The Gauchos won by 16 at UC Irvine tonight, ending the Anteaters unbeaten streak at home and dealing them their first loss in conference play (6-1).

That means UH (16-2, 5-0) is the last unbeaten team in the Big West and can move into sole possession of first place after tonight if they take care of business at home. The Rainbows are favored by 8.5 points over the 49ers (10-12, 4-3).

As of 20 minutes before tipoff, there were about 300 tickets left unsold.

Expect Aaron Valdes to make his return, likely off the bench, as Isaac Fleming has continued to practice with the first team this week. The top three stealers in the BWC (Roderick Bobbitt, Quincy Smith and Fleming) face off against a bunch of sharpshooters in LBSU, who make nine 3s a game.

You’d expect the UH coaches to work Valdes back in gradually, but you never know.

Maryland transfer Nick Faust is coming off a 34-point outburst in an OT win over UCSB, while diminutive point guard Justin Bibbins can also fill it up.


  1. Warrior Dave January 30, 2016 9:11 pm

    Warriors playing terrible most o# the 1st half. Lucky to be down by only 3 at half. Need to calm down and pound it inside more. Let’s Go Warriors!!

  2. frings January 30, 2016 11:09 pm

    What an embarrassment to lose to the low lifes of Long Beach State College.

  3. the kicker January 31, 2016 9:56 am

    ugly ugly game, but i like the heart that the team displayed. hopefully they get their rebounding issues cleaned up for the next game. this really is a solid team.

  4. Hoosier January 31, 2016 12:33 pm

    Disappointing to see such uninspired play befor such a great crowd. No energy and constantly digging holes throughout. Now the team has to answer question of “can they beat upper level of BW teams or only those in bottom half”. Gotta all look in the mirror and get ready for strong finish to the season. Need to win regular season title, tourney title or both. Use thi loss for fuel to push even harder for rest of season

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