Long Beach State rode a 9-0 run to take a 53-50 lead at No. 9 Texas Saturday, but the Longhorns answered with a run of their own, and held off a tough 49er challenge in a 78-68 defeat. Mike Caffey led Long Beach State with 23 points, while Jack Williams added nine points and five rebounds for LBSU.
Long Beach State continues their six-game road swing with two ranked opponents, traveling first to No. 9 Texas. The 49ers face off with the Longhorns at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 20. The game will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.
Down four points with 14 seconds to go, Long Beach State was able to pull to within one, but Travis Hammonds' halfcourt buzzer beater hit off the front of the iron, and the 49ers missed their chance to knock off No. 18 San Diego State on the road 60-59.
Long Beach State will play its first ranked opponent of the year Wednesday, traveling south to face No. 18 San Diego State at Viejas Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.