49ers Drop First Big West Road Test At UC Santa Barbara
Jan. 16, 2014
Santa Barbara, Calif. - Junior Mike Caffey scored 21 points along with four assists and three steals, but didn't get enough help to offset 50.9% shooting by UC Santa Barbara in a 64-51 loss on the road to the Gauchos.
Caffey shot 9-20 on the field on the night, but the rest of the 49ers went 11-for-47, a bad night from the field that undermined another solid defensive effort from the 49ers. Long Beach State (5-12, 1-2 Big West) held the conference's leading scorer, Alan Williams, to 12 points, but the big man had 15 rebounds, part of a 47-33 rebounding edge for the Gauchos that helped UC Santa Barbara (10-5, 1-1 Big West) to capture the win.
UCSB took a quick early lead at 5-3, but a strong stretch defensively by the 49ers helped Long Beach State open up a 12-6 advantage on a 3-pointer by Caffey. The Gauchos answer with a 3-pointer of their own on the next trip down, and held onto a 13-12 lead over a three-minute drought by both teams.
A basket by Caffey gave the 49ers a one-point lead at 22-21, and another Caffey lay-in answered a UCSB field goal on the other end for Long Beach State's last lead of the game. UCSB tied the game with a free throw, and a final basket at the buzzer put the Gauchos on top 26-24 at the half.
UC Santa Barbara opened the second half on a 9-0 run, and eventually extended the lead to a high of 19 points with 7:45 remaining in the game at 50-31. Long Beach State mounted a rally, cutting the lead to single-digits on a David Samuels basket with 4:36 to play at 52-44, capping a 13-2 run for The Beach, but UCSB got a basket from Williams to get back on track offensively and hold off the 49er threat.
Long Beach State continues their Central Coast road trip Saturday, facing Cal Poly at Mott Gymnasium with a 7 p.m. tip.