A.J. Spencer led the 49ers with 13 points on the day.
Dec. 3, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State had three players in double-figures, but couldn't survive a barrage of three-pointers from Creighton, as the Bluejays went 14-of-27 from beyond the arc to defeat the 49ers 78-61.
The 49ers got off to a quick start, taking a 9-3 lead on a Mike Caffey three-pointer and held onto the lead through the initial media timeout at 15:59. However, Creighton (6-2) bounced back, taking a 14-12 lead on a three-pointer by Avery Dingman, the fourth of 10 threes the Bluejays would make in the half. That basket started a 15-3 run that extended the Creighton lead, and Bluejay free throws down the stretch in the first half opened the advantage to 20 points before the end of the half.
Creighton would push their lead out its largest point with 12:38 remaining at 68-36, but the 49er bench played well in extended minutes, cutting that lead in half over the remainder of the contest. Freshman Desmond Ross scored a career high five points in nine minutes. Junior Nick Shepherd added four points and six rebounds, tying for the team lead on the glass, while also contributing two highlight reel blocks on the defensive end.
Doug McDermott finished with 21 points, as the 49ers held the All-American to just five field goals but the senior went 9-for-9 from the line. Ethan Wragge added 15 points, and Isaiah Zierden scored 12 on 4-for-6 shooting from three.
The 49ers will go back on the road this weekend, traveling to North Carolina State for another non-conference game. The game will be on Fox Sports regional networks nationally, beginning at 11 a.m. PST.
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