Jan. 3, 2013
Despite three players scoring in double digits, including a double-double by Keala King, the 49ers fell to Cal Poly for the first time in five meetings at Mott Gym, losing by a score of 79-73. LBSU falls to 5-8 (1-1 Big West), while the Mustangs improve to 6-6 (2-0 Big West).
James Ennis led the team with 22 points, extending his double-digit scoring streak to 17 games. He has now scored over 20 points four times this season, including in three of the last four games. King saw extensive time on Thursday night, tallying 34 minutes of play while grabbing 10 rebounds and notching 16 points. Mike Caffey chipped in 13 points to round out the 49ers scoring in double-digits.
"I'm disappointed in our performance tonight," said Head Coach Dan Monson. "I thought we were going to be able to build off of Saturday's win defensively and it just didn't happen tonight. We broke down and struggled with rebounding in the second half and that hurt us. We have to do a better job on the boards if we want to win games."
The second half saw six lead changes as both teams were fighting to move ahead. After a back-and-forth battle, Cal Poly went on an 8-0 run to lead to 72-62 with four minutes to play, a gap that the 49ers could not close. Long Beach State came within three with 48 seconds to play, 76-73, after back-to-back lay-ups by Caffey, but Cal Poly would hang on to win the game.
Cal Poly outrebounded Long Beach State in the second half by 22-15, picking up 11 boards on the offensive side. Overall, the Mustangs notched 38 rebounds compared to LBSU's 34.
The 49ers opened up the first half on an 8-2 run, but Cal Poly came back to tie the game at 12. King helped LBSU regain the lead with a two-point bucket and the 49ers would push the lead to 19-12 with 10 minutes left in the half.
With the 49ers up 23-16 with about 7:30 remaining, Cal Poly stalled the Long Beach offense, eventually tying the game at 27 all after back-to-back threes by Dylan Royer. The Mustangs then took the lead (29-27) after a lay-up by Chris O'Brien. Pappageorge tied the game at 29 after making two of three free throws, but Cal Poly would retake the lead by two (31-29) with just over 1:30 to play. A foul and subsequent technical was called on Tony Freeland, putting Cal Poly at the charity strip. Making three of four free throws, the Mustangs pushed their lead to 34-31. Ennis closed out the first half scoring with a made free throw, ending the half with Cal Poly up 34-32.
In the first half, the 49ers outrebounded Cal Poly 19-16 with King tallying five boards. LBSU shot 40% from the field compared, while Cal Poly shot 39%.
The 49ers continue the Central California road trip on Saturday when they face-off with UC Santa Barbara at 4:00 pm. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports PrimeTicket.
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