Nov. 30, 2013
Seattle, Wash. - Mike Caffey scored a career high 28 points, practically willing the 49ers into double-overtime against Washington, but Long Beach State was unable to prevail on the road, losing 92-89. Dan Jennings also scored 22 points for the 49ers, as the pair became the first LBSU duo to each score 20 points this season.
Caffey also tied a career high with nine assists, finishing one away from a double-double while adding five rebounds. David Samuels and A.J. Spencer also finished in double-digits in scoring while each pulling in eight boards.
Jennings pulled the 49ers to within one point at 90-89 with 1:12 to play in the game's second overtime with two made free throws, but a Washington (4-3) offensive rebound following a missed free throw allowed the Huskies to take a three-point lead, and the 49ers final chance from Caffey was off target.
Caffey had made the most of his earlier chances. Trailing 85-80 after a fast break dunk by Darin Johnson, Long Beach State (1-7) extended the game with an exciting sequence to tie the game in the final minute. After a defensive stop, Caffey hit a three-pointer to pull the 49ers within two, and after a David Samuels rebound on a Mike Anderson miss, Caffey tied the game with four seconds remaining to force the second overtime period.
The overtime frames capped off a back and forth regulation that saw nine lead changes between the teams. Down by one point at halftime 38-37, Long Beach State opened up a lead in the second half behind a huge effort from Jennings, who scored 14 of his 22 points in the period. The senior forward had a number of early paint touches that led to easy baskets, and a three-pointer from Caffey gave the 49ers the lead and kickstarted a 15-8 run for the Long Beach State.
That opened the biggest lead of the game for Long Beach State with 6:23 remaining, but Washington pulled back into the game, taking the lead with 58 seconds left in regulation with a pair of free throws. Long Beach State answered with a Caffey basket to pull back in front by one, but after the Huskies hit one of two free throws on their end, a chance to win it in regulation came up short.
The game was the first double-overtime game for the 49ers since the 2008-09 season; Long Beach State played three two-overtime games during that season, the last coming against UC Riverside on the road.
Long Beach State returns home to the Walter Pyramid for their next game, hosting Creighton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3.
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