Nov. 22, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - T.J. Robinsonhad a game he will never forget Tuesday night at the Walter Pyramid. The senior became Long Beach State's all-time leading rebounder while leading the 49ers to a 72-62 win over Boise State.
Robinson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, his 40th career double-double, while moving his career rebounding total to 906. Robinson passed Francois Wise, who played for the Niners from 1976-1980, for the all-time rebounding lead at Long Beach State early in the first half. The West Haven, Conn. native became the first 49er ever to surpass 900 career rebounds, and in the process moved into fifth all-time in rebounding in the Big West Conference.
While guards Casper Ware and Larry Anderson, who were averaging 45.5 points between them coming into the game, struggled, Robinson and a number of other 49ers gave Boise State (3-1) fits. James Ennis scored 16 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and had a pair of steals, while Eugene Phelpsadded 11 points and five boards.
Ware finished with five points and two assists, more than 19 points and three assists below his season average, and Anderson scored seven points, over 10 below his average, with four assists.
After Boise State got within seven on its first possession of the second half, Long Beach State (3-1) went on a 16-4 run over span of three minutes and 33 seconds to take a 49-30 lead and put the game away with just under 15 minutes to play.
Boise State could never get closer than 10 points (with less than a minute to play), while the 49ers were able to build the lead to as many as 23, 68-45.
The 49ers converted on 49.1 percent (27-of-55) of their shots, while making 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from three and 70.6 percent (12-of-17) from the free throw line.
The Broncos struggled most of the night, making just 31.5 percent (17-of-54) of its shots. BSU made nearly as many 3-pointers (8) as two-point field goals (9). Anthony Drmic led the Broncos with 20 points, while Kenny Buckner added 14.
Both teams struggled early combining to shoot 1-for-11 in the first 4:25 of the game, while committing three turnovers. The 49ers were 1-for-5 with two turnovers, while the Broncos went 1-of-6 with one turnover.
The 49ers got things going after the first media timeout outscoring the Broncos 12-2 over the next four minutes. Robinson scored five points, while Ennis added four as LBSU made 5-of-8 shots during the run. The 49ers kept the pressure on BSU extending the run to 18-5 to build a 20-7 lead with six different players scoring at least two points.
Long Beach State kept attacking the Broncos for most of the half building the lead to as many as 18, 33-15, with four minutes to play, but Boise State made a run late scoring the last nine points of the half to cut the lead to single digits going into the locker room.
The 49ers made 48.3 percent (14-of-29) of their shots in the first half, while holding the Broncos to just 24 percent (6-of-25) shooting. The Broncos had just four baskets in the first 18 minutes of the game, and only Buckner's eight free throws and 12 points kept them from being blown out.
Ennis led the 49ers with nine first-half points and four assists, while Robinson had seven points and five boards.
Long Beach State now hits the road for a pair of tough games. The 49ers face Montana on Saturday in Missoula and then tangle with No. 7 Louisville on Monday on ESPNU.
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