Nov. 9, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Mike Caffey scored a career high 27 points while Dan Jennings finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points with a career-high 17 rebounds in a 71-59 win over Hawaii Pacific. A sellout crowd of 4,513 enjoyed the Homecoming game in the Walter Pyramid.
Long Beach State (1-0) started out the game strongly, opening up a 14-6 lead, and then a breakaway dunk by Mike Caffey brought the crowd to its feet. Riding the wave of momentum, Long Beach State would take a 22-6 lead on a tip-in from Dan Jennings with 11:46 to play.
Hawaii Pacific was able to hang around, however, taking advantage of the new touch foul rules to shoot 15 free throws in the first half, making 11 as the Sea Warriors pulled to within eight at the half 39-31.
The Sea Warriors stayed within reach of the 49ers through the second half behind junior guard Justin Long, who finished with 20 points for Hawaii Pacific, including 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc.
A Long three-pointer cut the 49er lead to seven points with 5:08 to play, and Hawaii Pacific reached their closest point with 1:48 to play on a fast break basket by Darry Jones, Jr. Long Beach State answered with a Jennings bucket on the other end, and after a stop, a layup by Caffey stretched the 49er lead and Long Beach State was able to seal the win from the free throw line.
The 49ers dominated the boards, out-rebounding Hawaii Pacific 56-30, in large part to the efforts of Jennings, who finished with a career high of 17 rebounds. Caffey added nine rebounds, finishing one shy of a double-double, while David Samuels picked up eight rebounds while scoring 11 points, second on the team behind Caffey.
Long Beach State has a quick turnaround, and will face No. 5 Arizona in the desert for their next game in two days. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. PST, and the game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.
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