Hammonds Hits Game Winner As 49ers Topple Hawai'i
Long Beach State holds on for a 63-61 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.
Feb. 27, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Travis Hammonds buried a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining to give Long Beach State its largest lead of the night since the opening basket - 2 points - as Long Beach State defeated Hawai'i 63-61 Thursday night. Dan Jennings finished with a double-double and Tyler Lamb led the 49ers with 18 points on the day.
Jennings ended with 15 points and 11 rebounds, helping Long Beach State finish with an edge on the glass. Meanwhile, Hammonds took four charges, had three offensive rebounds, and finished with nine points, none bigger than the last shot of the night for LBSU.
Long Beach State (13-14, 9-4 Big West) trailed by five with 3:32 to play, but cut the lead to two points on a 3-pointer from Lamb, his fourth of the day, tying a season high. Christian Standhardinger, who led the Rainbow Warriors with 17 points, had a chance to put the lead back to two possessions at the charity stripe, but missed the second of two shots, and the 49ers made Hawai'i (19-9, 8-6 Big West) pay with a Jennings basket on the other end.
After defending a Keith Shamburger shot, Long Beach State missed a chance to take the lead on a Hammonds jumper, but Mike Caffey tipped the ball loose and A.J. Spencer was able to force a tie-up, with LBSU in possession. Graced with a chance to take the final shot, the 49ers found Hammonds in the corner out of a timeout, and the freshman found the bottom of the net with nine seconds to go. Caffey guarded Shamburger the length of the floor following the shot, and the point guard could only take a contested 3-pointer that fell way short at the buzzer.
The 49ers had fallen behind by as many as seven in the first half, but cut the UH lead to two at 35-33 at the end of the half, and the teams traded the lead through the second half in a low-scoring, defense friendly period.
With the win, Long Beach State moves into a tie for second-place in the Big West, one game behind UC Irvine for the top spot with three games to play. Next up for the 49ers is a rivalry game, traveling to Cal State Fullerton, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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