Jibril Hodges led the 49ers with 17 points in a comeback win over UCSB.
Mar. 5, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - Second half comebacks in the Walter Pyramid have become somewhat of a Homecoming tradition, and no one who was there will forget the last-second victory over UC Santa Barbara, 58-57, on March 5, 2005 in front of a season-high 2,967 fans.
After struggling mightily in the first half, the 49ers came out of the locker room down by 13. Long Beach got back into the game with good defense and great outside shooting from Jibril Hodges and Cody Pearson. Hodges led the 49ers with 17 points, going 5-for-9 from behind the arc, and it was Pearson's three-pointer with 9:21 remaining that tied it at 43-43.
"When Cody hit his first three, you could feel the Walter Pyramid forces around us," said coach Larry Reynolds. The Big West foes went back-and-forth after Pearson tied it, but the Gauchos opened a three-point lead after two free throws from Josh Davis. The 49ers came back down the floor with 27 seconds left, decided not to take a timeout, and found Hodges in the corner. That was his spot on the floor all year long, and the junior drained the three to tie it at 56.
Santa Barbara would get fouled, but only made one of the two free throw attempts. Again, Long Beach charged back down the floor without taking a timeout, and when Hodges took the ball on the wing, the Gauchos closed out on the hot shooter. That opened up a huge lane, and Hodges found Kevin Houston cutting towards the basket. Houston's driving lay-up with 2.5 seconds left proved to be the game-winner.
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