Feb. 20, 2014
Davis, Calif. - A 14-2 second half run extended an already healthy lead for Long Beach State, helping the 49ers improve to 8-4 in Big West play as LBSU won 79-57 Thursday on the road at UC Davis. A.J. Spencer led the 49ers with 14 points.
In all, however, it was a balanced effort for Long Beach State (12-14, 8-4 Big West) that carried the 49ers over UC Davis (8-18, 3-8 Big West). Spencer led the way in scoring, but Mike Caffey added 13 points with six rebounds and six assists. Dan Jennings neared a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds while Tyler Lamb also finished with 11, all scored in the second half.
In all, the 49ers shot 55.4 percent from the field, passing 50 percent for the second straight game, and were actually better from beyond the arc, shooting 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from three.
Neither team started the game particularly well, and UC Davis held a 15-13 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first half. Long Beach State answered back, and took the lead back on a free throw from Spencer with 8:56 left in the first half. Leading by four with 1:38 to go, the 49ers pushed out to a big halftime edge with back-to-back 3-pointers from Branford Jones and Spencer to end the half, going into the locker room ahead 35-25.
Long Beach State scored the first two buckets of the second half, and after a Brynton Lemar field goal, The 49ers would score 10 points unanswered, opening the half on a 14-2 run and building the lead to 22 at 49-27 on a Caffey 3-pointer.
The 49er lead would grow as large as 28 points on a Jennings alley-oop with just over seven minutes to play, and Dan Monson began to phase out the starters, as the bench held the final gap over 20 points while playing out most of the clock following the final media timeout of the game.
Long Beach State has Saturday off as the other eight teams in the Big West face off. The 49ers are back in action Thursday in the Walter Pyramid, hosting Hawai'i at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
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