Feb. 9, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - Casper Ware scored a career-high 38 points to lead Long Beach State to a 74-66 win at Pacific on Thursday night in Big West Conference action at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Ware, who tied a school record with eight 3-pointers, scored 27 of his points in the second half to help LBSU overcome a halftime deficit. The Cousy Award finalist made 7-of-11 threes in the second half, while going 8-of-15 from 3-point range for the game. He matched his career high with 12 field goals made (12-of-23), while going 6-for-6 at the free throw line and grabbing five rebounds.
Ware tied Stephan Gilling (Dec. 12, 2009), Tony Darden (Dec. 2, 2002) and Morlon Wiley (Dec. 5, 1987) for the most 3-pointers made in school history. He just missed becoming the sixth player in school history to score 40 points in a game, tying Bill Florentine for the seventh most points in a game in LBSU history.
It wasn't all Ware for the 49ers. T.J. Robinson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, his 50th career double-double, while Eugene Phelps added 11 points and eight boards. Larry Anderson chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.
Long Beach State (18-6, 11-0 BWC) won its 11th straight game, as well as its 19th straight Big West Conference game. The 49ers also extended their Big West Conference road-winning streak to 10 games and its overall road string to six straight wins. LBSU beat Pacific in Stockton for the second straight season, the first time since 2001 and 2002 that the 49ers have won back-to-back games on the Tigers' home floor.
Pacific (9-14, 5-6 Big West) was led by Lorenzo McCloud with 16 points.
Things didn't start well for the 49ers as a pair of early turnovers led to five quick points for the Tigers to start the game. Robinson finally answered for the 49ers with an old-fashioned three-point play to get LBSU within two. Pacific responded with an 8-5 run to take a 13-7 lead behind 5-of-9 shooting in the first 5:06 of the game.
Anderson led a 49er 8-3 spurt with a pair of threes that helped LBSU take its first lead of the game, 15-13, on his second 3-pointer. Pacific answered with a three to regain the lead, but Phelps responded with his third hoop of the game, a slam dunk off a pass from Edis Dervisevic, to give LBSU a 17-16 edge.
Long Beach State turnovers kept Pacific in the game most of the first half. The 49ers committed nine in the first 13:23 and trailed by two, 23-21. LBSU countered by making over 60 percent of their shots, 9-of-14. During the opening 13-plus minutes, LBSU took six less shots because of the nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.
Pacific extended its lead to seven, 32-25, with a 9-4 run capped by a 3-pointer in transition from Trevin Harris forcing LBSU to burn a timeout. Dervisevic responded with an offensive rebound and a basket. Ware followed with a 3-pointer and Long Beach State was back within two, 32-30, with 2:17 to play in the half.
Robinson tied it with 32 seconds to play, his first basket since the 17:24 mark, but McCloud gave UOP the lead at halftime, 34-32, with a driving basket with less than five seconds to play.
Long Beach State made 56 percent (14-of-25) of its shots against the Pacific zone defense in the first half, but finished with 10 turnovers which led to a 16-0 Tiger scoring advantage off turnovers. UOP hit 43.8 percent (14-of-32) of its shots, but made 4-of-10 threes.
Ware led LBSU with 11 first half points, while Phelps had eight points (4-of-4 shooting) and four boards. McCloud led the Tigers, who had nine different players score in the half, with eight points.
Ware pushed the 49ers on a 13-5 spurt coming out of the locker room forcing Pacific to burn a timeout with 16:16 to play. Ware opened the half with a pair of threes, sandwiching two Robinson free throws. James Ennis scored his first basket on a put back to give LBSU a 42-39 lead. Ware capped the run before the Pacific time out with a three in transition to give LBSU a 45-39 lead.
LBSU forced a Tiger turnover out of the timeout and the 49ers made them pay with dunk by Robinson off a nice pass from Ennis. McCloud finally stopped the LBSU run with a pair of free throws, but Phelps scored at the other end.
Long Beach State built the lead to 10, 53-43, but Pacific went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 55 behind the play of Ross Rivera. Ware snapped LBSU out of it canning a three, his fifth of the half, from the top of the key, and then Robinson added a pair of free throws to get the lead back to five, 60-55. Ware hit another three, his sixth of the half and seventh of the game, pushed the lead to eight 63-57. Colin Beatty snapped the LBSU run at 8-0.
Ware made it an 11-2 run with yet another 3-pointer to push the lead to 66-57. After a UOP hoop, Robinson hit two more free throws for a 68-59 lead.
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