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Hawaii to play Long Beach State for Big West tournament title

Hawaii to play Long Beach State for Big West tournament title

With a postseason ban and scholarship reductions looming after this season, Hawaii's best shot at breaking a 14-year NCAA tournament drought appears to be now.

After Friday's semifinal win in the Big West tournament, the Rainbow Warriors are one game away from making that a reality.

A day after beating Cal State Fullerton by 31 points, top-seeded Hawaii picked up another victory at the Honda Center, this time over the fourth-seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 88-76.

The Rainbow Warriors (26-5) had some sloppy moments — errant passes in the first half, and trouble breaking the press later on — but shot the ball well throughout, finishing at 52% from the floor,...

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