Feb. 4, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Mike Caffey scored all 11 of his points in the final six minutes and 18 seconds and T.J. Robinson finished with his 49th career double-double to lead Long Beach State to a 75-67 Big West Conference win over Cal State Northridge Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid.
Caffey helped LBSU (17-6, 10-0 Big West) break open a close game scoring 11 of Long Beach State's final 17 points. Robinson finished with 14 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, and 11 rebounds. Larry Anderson led the 49ers with 16 points, while adding seven boards, three assists and three steals. James Ennis chipped in 13 points, four assists and three steals, while Eugene Phelps had 12 points, six rebounds and a career-high tying four blocks.
Casper Ware, who has held to single digits (five points) for just the second time this season, finished with three assists allowing him to tie Billy Walker (1984-88) for the most assists (507) in school history. He also moved into a tie for 10th all-time in the Big West Conference in assists.
Josh Greene led Cal State Northridge (6-15, 2-8 Big West) with 26 points, while Stephen Maxwell added 10.
The 49ers stormed out to an early eight-point lead, 12-4, behind Robinson and Ennis. The duo each scored six points with Ennis' coming on a pair of threes and Robinson getting his on two hoops and two free throws.
The Matadors raced back with an 8-0 run to take a 14-12 lead. Greene scored eight for CSUN, while Maxwell had six.
Anderson helped LBSU take the lead back as it built a five-point, 31-26, advantage at the four minute mark on a beautiful fast break that saw Ware throw a long bounce pass to a streaking Ennis who found Anderson cutting baseline from the other side to score. Anderson scored all nine of his first half points in an 8:26 spurt from the 12:29 mark to the layup with 4:03 to play.
Cal State Northridge finished the half on a 9-6 run to cut the 49ers lead to two, 37-35 at the half.
Ennis led the 49ers with 11 points before the break, while Phelps and Robinson had six each. Anderson finished the half with nine points, three steals and two assists. Greene led the Matadors with 13 points before the break.
The 49ers made 46.4 percent (13-of-28) of its shots, while CSUN answered with 46.2 percent (12-of-26). LBSU was 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from 3-point range, while Northridge made 5-of-9 (55.6 percent). The Matadors controlled the boards with a 19-12 first half advantage, but LBSU forced 11 CSUN turnovers, four coming off LBSU steals.
The 49ers came out of the half to outscore the Matadors 11-6 in the first 4:42 of the second half to push the lead to seven, 48-41. Phelps scored six of the 11 points, while Anderson added three and Ennis two. The 49ers made 4-of-7 shots in the stretch, but just 2-of-5 free throws. They also held CSUN to 2-of-7 shooting.
The 49ers pushed the lead to 54-45 at the next media timeout, but the Matadors went on a 7-0 run to get within two, 54-52, forcing LBSU to burn a timeout with 9:54 to play. Stephan Hicks scored all seven of the points in the run, his first seven points of the game. He made it nine straight scoring again for the Matadors on their next possession to tie it 54-54.
Caffey sparked the 49ers leading them on an 11-2 run to push the lead to 65-56. After Nick Shepherd and Anderson hit two free throws each, Caffey scored seven straight points to extend a 58-56 lead to 65-56. Caffey started it with two free throws, then followed a Ware miss with an offensive rebound and a basket. After a Northridge miss, Caffey drilled a 3-pointer to polish off the spurt.
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