Nov. 13, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Sophomore Mike Caffey led the 49ers with 17 points, but a poor offensive second-half hurt the 49ers as Long Beach State lost at USC 62-44.
Long Beach State (1-1) went without scoring a field goal for over 15 minutes in the second half, and while the 49ers held the Trojans to just 33 points in the second half, Long Beach State scored only 20 as USC (0-2) picked up the win.
Caffey scored 17 points, leading all scorers, and as a team, Long Beach State shot 7-for-20 in three-pointers, but attempted just 35 shots as 18 turnovers derailed an otherwise strong defensive effort.
James Ennis broke a long scoring drought to open the game with a 3-pointer at 17:23, and a fast-break three by Caffey opened up a quick lead for the 49ers at 8-4. The 49ers continued to find their range early, hitting two more 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes. A pair of Caffey free throws kept the 49ers even with the Trojans at 20-20 under four minutes, but a 9-0 run with two 3-pointers from J.T. Terrell opened up a nine-point lead for USC.
Long Beach State scored the final four points of the first-half, and after trailing by five 29-24 at the break, continued to rally at the start of the half. An alley-oop from Caffey to Dan Jennings cut the Trojan lead to two at 33-31, and Long Beach State brought the score even at 35-35 with 15 minutes to play.
USC opened up a lead with a 13-2 run over the next five minutes as the 49ers went stone cold, and eventually the Trojans took advantage of the 49ers shooting slump to open up a big lead down the stretch. The 49ers finished the game with 12-of-42 shooting for 28.6%.
The 49ers return to the Walter Pyramid this Friday, hosting No. 11 North Carolina in a nationally televised contest on ESPNU. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:10 p.m.
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