Jan. 11, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Down 44-40 after a fast-paced first half, Long Beach State kept its foot on the gas, but also clamped down defensively, opening up the second half against UC Davis with a 30-0 run over the first eight minutes of play on the way to a 99-74 blowout win against the Aggies.
No big speeches prompted Long Beach State (5-11, 1-1 Big West) to the big run out of the half, down by four. Instead a quick paint touch for Dan Jennings led to a basket on the first possession to cut the UC Davis (5-12, 0-2 Big West) lead to two points in the start of a brilliant stretch of play for Long Beach State.
A steal by Tyler Lamb led to a Mike Caffey jumper, and a fast break three on the next trip down from the junior point guard spotted the 49ers seven points after the first 90 seconds in the second half.
The 49ers kept the pressure on, with a Caffey and-one free throw extending the Long Beach State lead to eight points, and a pair of missed free throws by Corey Hawkins kept the run going for The Beach. Up 57-44 on a 17-0 run after the first media timeout of the second half, Long Beach State would score 13 more points in a row, the last coming on a layup by A.J. Spencer with 12:03 remaining in the second half.
A foul on Hawkins brought the second media timeout with the 49ers up 70-44 with 11:54 remaining, before the junior stopped the 30-0 run with a pair of free throws. Long Beach State would continue to extend their lead however, moving out by as many as 28 points on a tip-in from Jennings with just under nine minutes to play.
Inserting the bench at the final media timeout up 91-70, the 49ers picked up threes from Anson Moye and Desmond Ross to come tantalizingly close to the team's first 100-point game since 2007, but held on to the ball to close out LBSU's widest margin of victory since the 49ers' Big West Tournament championship run in 2011-12.
The rout was the opposite of what the early minutes of the game would have indicated, as UC Davis took a 16-8 lead over the first seven and a half minutes of the contest. Freshman Travis Hammonds was the catalyst for a change in fortune for the 49ers, hitting his first seven shots in the first half, including two 3-pointers to help Long Beach State keep pace with UC Davis despite allowing 44 first half points to the Aggies.
Hammonds, who scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, finished with a line of 7-of-9 shooting for 20 points, with six rebounds four assists, three steals and just one turnover in 20 very effective minutes working the high post. The 49ers' established star guards, Caffey and Lamb, finished with 17 and 16 points each, with Caffey handing out seven assists. David Samuels also picked up his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Long Beach State will take its first Big West road trip next week, heading to California's Central Coast to face UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The trip begins with the Gauchos on Thursday, January 16 with an 8 p.m. tip on ESPNU.
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