March 3, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Michael Caffey scored a career-high 20 points but it wasn't enough as Long Beach State saw its hopes of an unbeaten Big West Conference season come to an end with a 77-74 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Caffey made 7-of-11 shots, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, while matching a season high 30 minutes played. Caffey filled in most of the second half for senior Larry Anderson, who left the floor with 13:54 to play and didn't return, after injuring his knee.
T.J. Robinson added 13 points and nine rebounds despite playing just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. James Ennis had 11 points, nine in the second half. Anderson finished with eight points and eight rebounds in just 24 minutes. Senior Casper Ware struggled most of the game making just 2-of-15 shots, including 2-of-9 from three. He finished with 10 points, but had seven assists.
D.J. Seeley led all scorers with 27 points. The Titan went 12-of-14 from the line. Isiah Umipeg added 16 points.
Long Beach State (22-8, 15-1 Big West) struggled from the floor making just 41.4 percent (24-of-58) of its shots, including just 31.6 percent (6-of-19) from three. The 49ers made just 32 percent (8-of-25) of their shots in the first half.
Cal State Fullerton (21-8, 12-4 Big West) connected on just 39.3 percent (24-of-61) field goals, but made 42.9 percent (9-of-21) threes. The Titans had 14 offensive rebounds, while out-boarding LBSU 41-37.
Both teams struggled early with LBSU making three of its first 15 shots and CSF connecting on just two of its 12 shots in the first eight minutes.
Long Beach State finishes as the regular season Big West Conference champions, while Cal State Fullerton earned the second-seed for next week's Big West Conference Tournament. The 49ers face No. 8 seed UC Davis Thursday at 6 p.m.
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