Jan. 18, 2014
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Long Beach State battled back for a much-needed win Saturday, rallying from a 12-2 start and holding off a late rally for a 63-62 win at Cal Poly. Tyler Lamb finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Dan Jennings added his fourth double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Cal Poly (7-10, 3-1 Big West) used their Mott Gymnasium momentum at the start however, scoring the first six points of the game, and opening a 12-2 lead over the first four-plus minutes of the game. Lamb's first basket started the offense for the 49ers, but the Mustangs would lead by as many as 11 in the first half.
Trailing 19-9 with 11 minutes left in the first half, Long Beach State (6-12, 2-2 Big West) clamped down defensively to get back into the game. Holding Cal Poly without a basket for over nine minutes, the 49ers took their first lead at 20-19 with 4:29 to play, and eventually stretched their lead to 26-19 on a Kris Gulley 3-pointer. A late 3-pointer from Jamal Johnson pulled Cal Poly within three points at 32-29 at the half.
Long Beach State had a nine-rebound edge at the half, and that continued through a monster stretch from Dan Jennings to start the second half. Three quick baskets for the forward helped the 49ers maintain their lead, and a 3-pointer from A.J. Spencer extended the LBSU lead to nine with 13:46 to play.
That edge would hold through continued scoring from Lamb and Mike Caffey, as Long Beach State led by six with under a minute to play. A layup from Mustang guard Johnson and a 49er turnover gave Cal Poly late life however, and Chris Eversley responded with a 3-pointer to bring Cal Poly within one with 14 seconds left.
Caffey missed the front end of a one-and-one chance, but Johnson's heave at the buzzer came up short as Long Beach State held on for the win.
Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid next Saturday, hosting Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m.
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