Nov. 11, 2013
Tucson, Ariz. - Ice cold shooting in the first half from Long Beach State stopped any hope for an upset of No. 6 Arizona, as the Wildcats overwhelmed the 49ers 91-57 in the first road test of the year for LBSU. Senior Dan Jennings led the 49ers with 16 points and eight rebounds on the night.
Long Beach State (1-1) shot 5-for-35 in the first half, and was 0-13 from beyond the arc in a slow start, with McKay LaSalle hitting the final shot of the half for the 49ers. Defensively, the 49ers held well against No. 6 Arizona (2-0) for the first 10 minutes, trailing 17-9 with 10 minutes remaining despite making just two field goals over that time.
The Wildcats started a 7-0 run to open up a 15-point lead after a dunk from Nick Johnson, and the 49ers were never able to close the gap, as Arizona took a 44-18 lead into the second half.
Play was much closer in the second half, as Jennings scored 13 points to pace the 49er offense that scored 39 points in total. The 49ers shot 42.9% in the second half, and were 4-for-9 from three in the second. However, Arizona continued to score at a big rate, closing the game with 58.6% shooting overall from the field.
Jennings was close to a second straight double-double, scoring 16 points with eight total rebounds, including six on the offensive end. The senior forward also rebounded from a bad effort from the free throw line in the opener by shooting 8-for-10 from the stripe on Monday.
Brandon Ashley led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson and Gabe York all scored 14 points to pace Arizona.
The 49ers return home for their next game, hosting Loyola Marymount on Thursday in the Walter Pyramid. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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