Dec. 6, 2012
Syracuse, N.Y. - Long Beach State shot under 30 percent at No. 4 Syracuse, as the famed 2-3 zone of the Orange held down the 49ers in an 84-53 loss on the road. Dan Jennings led the 49ers with a career high 20 points and seven rebounds.
Jennings, a transfer from West Virginia, looked at home in a gym where he had played twice before, scoring 20 points on 7-13 shooting and making six free throws. Peter Pappageorge scored 11 points for the 49ers, while James Ennis added 10, but Long Beach State (3-5) only had four bench points on the night, all coming from Nick Shepherd.
It was all Syracuse (7-0) early, as the Orange started off the game on a 16-4 run over the first five and half minutes, with two Jennings baskets in the paint to account for the 49ers scoring. A 3-pointer by Ennis followed by an emphatic dunk by the senior cut the Syracuse lead to eight points.
A Pappageorge three brought Long Beach State within six at 25-19 with 7:24 to play, but that was the closest the 49ers would come. Tyler Cooney hit a 3-pointer to answer the shot from Pappageorge, and two dunks by Rakeem Christmas kickstarted a 13-3 run by Syracuse to end the half.
Again, Jennings went to work with two early baskets at the start of the second half, but 11 straight Syracuse points gave the Orange a 61-33 lead with four minutes gone. The 49ers held the Orange to .303 shooting in the second half, but were unable to work into that margin, falling 84-53.
The 49ers continue their road trip with another game against a ranked opponent, playing No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday. That game will also be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
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