ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Faust scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and third-seeded Long Beach State defeated No. 6 seed UC Riverside 82-74 in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament on Thursday night.
Long Beach State (19-13) will play No. 2 seed UC Irvine and top-seeded Hawaii will play No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in Friday's semifinals.
UCR was within two points after Steven Jones' 3-pointer with 2:39 to go but the 49ers scored the next nine points to lead 78-67 with 27 seconds remaining.
The 49ers have won 10 of their last 11 games.