Jan. 19, 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Casper Ware scored 22 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to lead Long Beach State to a come from behind 78-69 win over Cal Poly in Big West Conference action Thursday night.
Ware made seven of eight shots after the break, including all four of his 3-point attempts to lead the 49ers to a 46-30 scoring advantage in the second half. LBSU connected on 12-of-17 shots (70.6 percent) in the half while holding Cal Poly (11-8, 2-4 Big West) to just 32.3 percent shooting after a hot shooting first half.
"This is (Casper's) team," Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said. "He got into a great offensive rhythm and to these guys' credit they got him open. It also started with some defensive stops. In the first half we only got two defensive stops in a row once. In the second half we were able to string some stops together, get out in transition and find some space which helped."
Larry Anderson added 12 of his 20 points in the second half. Anderson made his only field goal attempt in the half, but also connected on 9-of-10 free throws.
The 49ers finished the game making 59 percent (23-of-39) of their field goal attempts, while converting on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) threes. Ware made 5-of-6 from three to pace LBSU.
"I've probably couldn't have been more disappointed with our mind set at the start of the game and more proud of it at the end," Monson said. "Other teams, years past, maybe even earlier this year would have tried to panic and go off on their own. Instead they stayed together and got out of here with the win and that is the bottom line."
Cal Poly got out to an early lead building three early six-point leads and took a 16-10 lead into the first timeout. The Mustangs made seven of their first eight shots, including both 3-pointers they attempted.
The 49ers were efficient offensively as well making 5-of-7 shots but none from three. Long Beach narrowed the lead to 16-13 when James Ennis hit a three coming out of the break, but CP scored seven of the next nine points to force an LBSU timeout trailing 23-15.
Cal Poly extended the lead to 27-16 on a shot by Will Taylor before Phelps answered with a dunk to cut the lead to single digits heading into the media timeout with 7:28 to play. The Mustangs continued their hot shooting making 11-of-13 shots and all three of their threes.
Amaurys Fermin made it a 12-point lead with a contested three with the shot clock running out, before Robinson cut it back to 10 with a pair of free throws, sparking a 12-3 run that Ware capped with a three to get the 49ers within three, 33-30.
Cal Poly finished the half scoring six of the last eight points to take a seven-point advantage, 39-32, into the half. The Mustangs finished the first half making 16-of-21 shots (76.2 percent), while connecting on 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) 3-pointers. The hot shooting plus three offensive rebounds on five missed shots allowed Long Beach State to grab just four first half rebounds.
The 49ers made 11-of-22 shots (50 percent), 2-of-3 threes and 8-of-11 free throws (72.7 percent), while committing just two turnovers to stay in the game.
Robinson, Anderson and Ware led the 49ers with eight points each in the half. Taylor (5-of-5 shooting, 10 points) and Fermin (3-of-3 shooting from three, 9 points) combined for 19 points to pace the Mustangs.
The teams traded baskets coming out of the locker room with Long Beach cutting the lead to five, 45-40, with 14:56 to play. Robinson, Anderson, Ware and Eugene Phelps all scored two points in the stint, while three different Poly players scored.
The 49ers came out of the timeout with eight straight points to take a 48-45 lead. Phelps started the run with a hoop, Anderson followed with a three to tie it, before Ware gave LBSU its first lead of the game with a three with 13:48 to play.
Ware led Long Beach State as it continued the run to 20-6 to take the biggest lead of the game, 65-51 with 8:54 to play. Ware scored 15 of the 49ers' 20 points in the run with three 3-pointers and two old-fashioned 3-point plays.
Cal Poly cut the lead to eight twice in the final one minute and 40 seconds but could never get closer thanks to Anderson converting 5-of-6 free throws in the last minute and a half.
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