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Ennis scores 23 in a double-double, but 49ers fall 64-59
James Ennis finished with career highs in both points (23) and rebounds (13) in the loss.

James Ennis finished with career highs in both points (23) and rebounds (13) in the loss.

Dec. 3, 2012

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Long Beach, Calif. - Senior James Ennis set career highs with 23 points and 13 rebounds, the second double-double of his career, but the 49ers surrendered a halftime lead and fell at home to Fresno State 64-59.

Shooting 55 percent in the first half, Long Beach State (3-4) would take a six point lead into halftime, and led by as many as eight points despite surrendering nine offensive rebounds in the half to Fresno State (4-3). The 49ers would end up out-rebounding the Bulldogs on the day 38-34, but shooting struggles in the second half doomed the 49ers.

Tied at 19-19 with 6:51 left in the first half, a pair of Ennis free throws started a 10-2 run for the 49ers, capped a three-pointer by Deng Deng giving the 49ers a 29-21 lead. After a breakaway dunk by Nick Sheperd, a pair of late Bulldog free throws made the score 31-25 in favor of the 49ers as both teams headed to the locker room.

The second half was a reversal of the first however, as the 49ers shot under 30 percent while allowing 51.9 shooting from the Bulldogs in the second half. A jumper by Kevin Olekaibe tied the game at 37-37 with 15:23 to play, and after a Kyle Richardson basket on the LBSU end, a three from Tyler Johnson gave Fresno State its first lead since the opening minutes.

Johnson, who led the Bulldogs with 19 points, hit another three just before the 12-minute mark to give Fresno State the lead for good. Trailing by seven at 53-46, the 49ers cut the lead to three points with six minutes to play on a jumper from Ennis, and once more with two minutes to play after a pair of free throws from Deng Deng. That was as close as the 49ers would get however, with a 3-pointer from Allen Huddleston extending the lead for the Bulldogs, and a Johnson dunk giving the Bulldogs an eight-point lead which would hold.

Deng also finished in double-figures for Long Beach State, as the freshman added 11, going 3-for-5 both from the field and from the line.

Long Beach State heads to the road this week for two games, playing at No. 4 Syracuse on Thursday before facing No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday. The next home game for the 49ers is on December 15, when Long Beach State hosts BYU-Hawaii at 4:05 p.m.

 

 

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