Long Beach State closed out the opening game of the Wooden Legacy on a 27-4 run, pulling away over the final eight minutes to take a 73-55 win in Titan Gym Thursday. With the win, 49ers head coach Dan Monson won his 122nd game at LBSU, tying Jerry Tarkanian for the most in school history.
Long Beach State will participate in the 2014 DirecTV Wooden Legacy, playing three games in four days beginning on Thursday. The 49ers open the tournament by playing Western Michigan at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 on ESPNU.
Long Beach State rode 19 second-half points from Mike Caffey to give UCLA a scare in Pauley Pavilion, getting to within five points with five minutes to play, but the Bruins were able to hold on in a 77-64 win Sunday.
Long Beach State will try to win a second-straight game over a power conference opponent, traveling to face UCLA in Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Sunday.