Caffey's Game-Winner Highlights Comeback Victory Over Cal Poly
Long Beach State trailed by nine in the second half but rallied for the win.
Long Beach, Calif. - Mike Caffey's driving layup with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted Long Beach State to a 50-48 win over Cal Poly Saturday in the Walter Pyramid. Both teams played stingy defense, with the 49ers in the end grabbing the win by holding the Mustangs under 50 points and to 31.4 percent shooting.
Caffey, who finished with a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds, was the only double-digit scorer for the Beach, who instead picked up the win with balanced scoring and stout defense down the stretch in the second half.
Cal Poly (8-7, 1-2 Big West) held their largest lead of the game with 9:52 to play on a David Nwaba tip-in, but Long Beach State (8-11, 2-1 Big West) would bounce back with a massive defensive stand.
A Jack Williams 3-pointer kickstarted a 10-0 run for the Beach, as the 49ers would take their first lead of the second half at 42-41 by holding Cal Poly off of the scoreboard for over five minutes.
The Mustangs answered with a three from Reese Morgan to take a 44-42 lead, but after David Samuels missed the second of a pair of free throws, Branford Jones scooped up the offensive rebound and Caffey found an open Tyler Lamb for three to complete a four-point possession.
Cal Poly tied the game at 48-48 all with 29 seconds remaining, but both teams opted to hold on to their timeouts, and Caffey was able to drive the lane and sink the winning shot in the final seconds.
"I live for moments like [that]," said Caffey about the final shot. "To have the last shot, ball in my hands, I want to be that guy makes that winning basket, makes that winning pass."
Long Beach State remains in the Walter Pyramid for the next game, hosting UC Santa Barbara in another Big West contest at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.
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