Jan. 4, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - Two early threes by Tyler Lamb helped the 49ers jump out to a quick start, but foul trouble and a late push by Missouri allowed the Tigers to take a 69-59 win. Long Beach State had a chance to tie the game at 57 with under six minutes to play, but No. 25 Missouri pulled away late.
Long Beach State (4-10) jumped out to an early lead in the first half, as Dan Jennings opened the scoring with a layup, and then Tyler Lamb hit two quick threes along with a pair of free throws to open the game with a 12-5 lead over the first five minutes.
The 49ers would hold that cushion through most of the first half, but Missouri (12-1) was able to eventually cut into the Long Beach State lead as LBSU ran into foul trouble. Both Jennings and Christian Griggs-Williams were limited with two early fouls, and when Tyler Lamb picked up his second with 7:26 remaining, the Tigers made their move.
Long Beach State was leading 23-16 before that infraction, but the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to take their first lead of the game with 4:21 left in the first half. Missouri went on to lead at the half 37-34.
Missouri scored the first six points of the second half, and used that momentum to take their largest lead of the contest, 13, at 51-38 with 13:33 left to play.
Long Beach State had one more charge left in them. Lamb's third 3-pointer of the game and a pair of free throws cut the Missouri lead to five, and a good stretch by Gulley, capped by a layup and two free throws pulled Long Beach State within two at 57-55. A steal led to a 49er fast break, but Branford Jones' layup rimmed out, and LBSU was unable to even the score.
After holding off that score, the Tigers scored four straight points to extend their lead and hit their free throws down the stretch to seal the 69-59 win.
Gulley tied a career high with 13 points, his second time in double-figures in his career, while Mike Caffey added 10 to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 10 games
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid to open Big West Conference play next week, starting with the Black and Blue Rivalry against UC Irvine on Thursday, January 9 at 8 p.m.
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