Long Beach State Rallies Back, But Loses To UC Santa Barbara On Buzzer Beater
Feb. 13, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Down by as many as 13 points in the second half, Long Beach State was able to come all the way back and take a two point lead in the final minutes against UC Santa Barbara, but Michael Bryson's putback at the buzzer ended the 49ers hopes in a 65-64 loss against the Gauchos.
Long Beach State had a balanced scoring effort, with three players in double figures, led by Tyler Lamb with 13 points, while two more were just a single point away from reaching the total. Alan Williams led UC Santa Barbara with 16 points, and he, along with LBSU's Dan Jennings and Bryson, each finished with eight rebounds, but none more troubling to the 49ers than the last by Bryson.
Trailing 56-43 with 9:43 left in the second half, Long Beach State made a small push, picking up a couple of baskets, and a fourth foul from Bryson helped the 49ers continue to clamp down defensively. Down seven at 59-52 after the foul on Bryson, Long Beach State would hold UCSB to just one made free throw over the next four minutes down the stretch, taking a 62-60 lead with just under three to play.
Williams converted a basket on the block with 1:13 to play to give the Gauchos back the lead, but a foul on Mike Caffey with 16 seconds to play sent the junior to the line with the chance to tie the game or give LBSU the lead. Caffey canned both shots, putting the 49ers in front, but after a miss by Williams owing to strong defense from Jennings, Bryson snuck in and tipped the ball in just under the wire to give UCSB the lead.
The 49ers started strong in the game, taking a 19-10 lead over the first eight minutes of play, but UC Santa Barbara turned around the action, pulling even with the 49ers with 5:45 to play in the first half and then pushing out to a 37-30 lead by scoring the final seven points of the first half.
Long Beach State remains at home to continue Big West Conference play, hosting Cal Poly in the Walter Pyramid. Tip-Off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.