The Rainbow Warriors, 15-12 after only their second victory in 10 games on opponents’ home floors, are in seventh place in a conference with nine members. And the 49ers (18-7 overall) are 9-2 in the Big West and just one win away from clinching at least a share of the conference title. Hawaii committed 23 turnovers but had little difficulty getting quality shots once it got securely into its half-court offense. The Warriors shot 28 of 50 from the field, as well as 31 of 33 from the free-throw line. And, with Riley Luettgerodt (23 points and eight assists), Matt Lojeski (22 points, seven rebounds and five assists), Ahmet Gueye (16 points and six rebounds), Matt Gibson (22 points, seven rebounds and five assists) and Bobby Nash (15 points and five rebounds) never leaving the floor in the second half, the Rainbow Warriors also contained Long Beach’s dribble penetration and contest most of the 49ers’ jump shots. The 49ers, who next play again Saturday evening at home against UC Davis, used 12 Hawaii turnovers to break out to a 24-12 advantage 8 minutes into the game. Coach Riley Wallace’s team, scheduled to board a flight for Honolulu this morning before turning around and flying back to the mainland Thursday for a game at San Jose State Saturday, snapped Long Beach’s five-game winning streak by outscoring the 49ers 40-16 in the final 11 1/2 minutes. And, in front of 2,385, a season-high home attendance for the 49ers, the visitors used the Bracket Buster matchup to drive home a point to illustrate the overall on-court superiority of Hawaii’s Western Athletic Conference over Long Beach’s Big West Conference. But the 49ers’ own turnovers, and hasty shot selection, enabled Hawaii to build a five-point lead in the first half before Long Beach closed with a 7-2 run to create a 37 deadlock at intermission. A 27-footer by Aaron Nixon gave the 49ers a 62-53 advantage with 11:53 to go. But Hawaii had built an eight-point advantage 78-70 before Long Beach’s next field goal, a fastbreak layup by Sterling Byrd with 3:23 remaining. “We knew this was going to be a tough game,” Long Beach Coach Larry Reynolds said. “They are a very good defensive team, and they do a lot of things offensively that you have to be sharp for.” Long Beach hit just 14 of 38 shots from the field in the second half, including 3 of 14 behind the arc, as Nixon (17 points), Kejuan Johnson (15) and Kevin Houston (11) combined to hit only 16 of 45 for the game. Frank Burlison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 499-1320. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PhotosLBSU vs HawaiiLONG BEACH – The University of Hawaii team that visited the Walter Pyramid Saturday night figured to be the toughest opponent the Long Beach State men’s basketball team had played host to this season. And that assumption proved right, as the Rainbow Warriors came from nine points down with 11 1/2 minutes left to hand the 49ers their first loss, 93-78, in 11 games in the building.