Nov. 19, 2012
Tucson, Ariz. - Long Beach State had four players in double-figures, led by senior James Ennis who scored 17 points off of the bench, but hot shooting from Arizona helped the No. 10 Wildcats win at home 94-72 over the 49ers. Peter Pappageorge added a career high 16 points for Long Beach State.
Arizona (3-0) shot 53.6 percent from the field (30-of-56) while going 9-19 from beyond the arc to pace the Wildcats to the win. Kevin Parrom was a perfect 5-for-5 on 3-pointers, while Brandon Ashley led the Wildcats with 20 points.
The Wildcats started off the game with a 9-2 run, but consecutive 3-pointers from Pappageorge and Kris Gulley, who finished with 12 points, helped Long Beach State (1-3) cut the Arizona lead to 13-8 at 15:30 the first half. Arizona again pushed open the lead, eventually growing to 22 points at 39-17 with just under seven points to play.
The 49ers put together their best stretch of the game at that point, scoring six straight points to bring the score to 39-23, and out of an Arizona timeout, LBSU scored two more fast-break baskets to force another timeout. Down 11 at 40-29 after a pair of Dan Jennings free throws, the 49ers finished the first half down 50-37.
Long Beach State would not get any closer in the second-half, as a Solomon Hill three-point play put the Wildcats on top by 21 at 67-46 with 14 minutes to play, and the Wildcats opened a 28-point lead before six 3-pointers by the 49ers in the final six minutes helped the 49ers top 70 points and cut the final margin to 94-72.
The 49ers remain on the road for their next two games, first traveling to Fresno State for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, November 25.
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