Dec. 2, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State used a dominating second half to pull away from BYU-Hawaii and cruise to a 79-43 win at the Walter Pyramid on Friday night.
The 49ers (4-3) outscored the Seasiders (1-5) 47-15 in the second half to break open a four-point game at the half. LBSU went on a 24-8 run in the first nine minutes of the half, while forcing six BYU-Hawaii turnovers--five coming on 49er steals to put the game away.
Larry Anderson led four 49ers in double figures with 16 points, five steals and four assists. Eugene Phelps added 14 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes, while T.J. Robinson had 12 points and 14 boards for his 42nd career double-double. Casper Ware finished with 13 points, five steals and four assists.
Long Beach State made 53.7 percent (29-of-54) of its shots, including 60.7 percent (17-of-28) in the second half. The 49ers also finished with a season-high 15 steals and out-rebounded BYU-Hawaii 22-9 in the second half.
Both teams started slow with Long Beach State making just two of its first 11 shots, while BYU-Hawaii countered making just 2-of-7 shots while turning the ball over six times.
The Seasiders hung around with the 49ers trailing just 20-17 with 7:24 to play in the half, thanks to six offensive rebounds and a 14-8 advantage on the boards.
Long Beach State extended the lead to five twice in the last five minutes, but couldn't pull away from the Seasiders taking a 32-28 lead into the half. Anderson led LBSU with eight points before the break, while Ware scored seven.
Tsung-Hsien Chang, who finished with 16 points, led all scorers with 11 first-half points on 5-of-9 shooting, as BYU-Hawaii out-rebounded LBSU 19-13. The 49ers had seven steals, while forcing 12 Seasider turnovers.
Long Beach State connected on 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) first half field goals, including 10-of-15 after the slow shooting start. BYU-Hawaii made 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) field goals, but connected on just 2-of-10 threes.
Long Beach State returns to action on Tuesday when it visits No. 14 Kansas before traveling to No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.
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