Jennings Double-Doubles Again, But 49ers Lose At Kansas State 71-58
Nov. 17, 2013
Manhattan, Kan. - Improved second-half play saw the 49ers outrebound Kansas State on the game, and outscore the Wildcats in the second half, but a slow start led to a 71-58 setback Sunday on the road for Long Beach State.
Senior Dan Jennings led the 49ers with 14 points and 12 rebounds, picking up his third double-double in four games for Long Beach State (1-3) this season. Junior A.J. Spencer also finished in double figures, scoring 13 points in a return to his home state of Kansas.
Kansas State (2-1) kicked off the game with a five-point run, and while a layup from Spencer with 15:31 to play in the first half brought the 49ers within four, a run from the Wildcats put the game out of reach early.
Going on a 13-2 run opened up a 15-point lead for the Wildcats, and when the 49ers threatened to make a late push, two Marcus Foster threes opened up a 20-point lead for Kansas State with 1:33 to play. That led Kansas State to a 39-22 halftime lead over the 49ers.
Another three from Foster, who finished with a game-high 17 points, gave Kansas State a 23-point lead at 49-26, but Jennings, who scored the first eight points of the half, picked up three straight layups to help hold the game in reach. Back-to-back three pointers from Branford Jones cut the Wildcat lead to 51-36 with 12:57 to play, and the teams played evenly the rest of the way.
Challenged to improve on the boards, Long Beach State picked up 18 offensive rebounds on the night and 40 total, outrebounding the Wildcats by 11. The 49ers also shot 40% from the field, connecting on 22-of-55 shots. Long Beach State surrendered 28 free throws however, with the Wildcats making 20 to help account for the final edge.
Long Beach State will remain on the road, traveling directly to Puerto Rico to participate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from November 21-24. The 49ers will start with a big game against No. 7 Michigan at 2 p.m. PST, shown nationally on ESPN2.