49ers Fall to Anteaters in Closing Seconds of Game
After trailing by 11 at the half, the 49ers fought back to tie the game, but could not pull in the win.
March 2, 2013
Long Beach State (17-11, 13-3) dropped a tough one on Saturday evening to UC Irvine (17-13, 10-6), falling to the Anteaters 72-69 in the first of three road games for Long Beach State.
The 49ers had four players score in double-digits, led by Mike Caffey who tallied 23 points, one shy of his career-high. Keala King added 14, all of which came in the second half. James Ennis added 12 for his 33rd-consecutive game in double-digit scoring, while Dan Jennings chipped in 10 and nine rebounds.
"It's very hard to come from behind because your margin for error is a lot smaller," said Head Coach Dan Monson. "We just couldn't put our offense and defense together at the same time and we dug a pretty big hole for ourselves in the first half. The guys battled back, but couldn't quite get over that 11-point deficit."
LBSU opened up the second half on a 10-4 run to close UCI's lead to just three at 37-34, but Irvine would go on a 6-0 run to lead 43-34 five minutes in. LBSU would answer with a 4-0 run to close to 43-38 with 14:14 to play.
King scored six unanswered points to bring the 49ers within 51-50, but UCI would go on a 6-0 run to push its lead to 57-50 with just under six minutes to play. Trailing by four, a lay-in by King, followed by a huge Ennis steal and two-hand slam would tie the game at 63 all with 2:33 to play. UCI broke the tie with a Michael Wilder three and the team then tacked on two more points at the free throw line. Caffey raced back down the court and drained a three to make it a two-point game, 68-66, w/ 22 seconds to play.
UCI then headed back to the charity strip, making both, to lead 70-66 w/ 19.9 seconds to play and as the 49ers went back on offense James Ennis was called for a foul with 13.9 seconds to play, giving Irvine back the ball. After a bad inbounds play, the Anteaters turned the ball over to the 49ers where Caffey knocked down another three to close the game to 70-69 with 3.8 seconds to play. LBSU was forced to foul, putting UCI back at the free throw line where Wilder made both to put the Anteaters up 72-69. A last second half court shot by Caffey could not drop and UC Irvine would win the game.
With The Beach up 15-14, UCI went on a 14-4 run to lead 28-19 late in the second half. A Caffey three-pointer would close the lead to 28-22 with just over one minute to play, but the Anteaters would score five unanswered points to lead 33-22 at the break.
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