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Upset Bid Falls Just Short As Long Beach State Loses 60-59 At No. 18 San Diego State

Mike Caffey scored 20 to lead the 49ers, the 4th time this season the senior has reached 20 points.
Dec. 10, 2014

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San Diego, Calif. - Down four points with 14 seconds to go, Long Beach State was able to pull to within one, but Travis Hammonds' halfcourt buzzer beater hit off the front of the iron, and the 49ers missed their chance to knock off No. 18 San Diego State on the road 60-59.

Long Beach State opened a lead seven points with 6:08 to play, but in a game that was a defensive struggle throughout, San Diego State clamped down and pulled back out in front, taking the lead at 56-54 with 2:14 to play. An offensive rebound came out to Tyler Lamb, who missed on a good shot to put the 49ers back on top, and the Aztecs took a four-point lead at 58-54 going into the final minute.

A jumper from Caffey brought the Beach back within a pair, and the senior guard then came up with a steal to give the 49ers a chance to tie or take the lead, but a missed effort by Caffey forced a foul at the other end. Dwayne Polee made both shots, part of an SDSU high 16 points, but Caffey answered with a three at the other end to make the score 60-59. After fouling, J.J. O'Brien missed both free throws and Hammonds got a shot off following the rebound, but the shot and the upset effort came up just short.

Long Beach State was led by Mike Caffey, who had 20 points and four assists, while Tyler Lamb added 13 points and three rebounds. The outside shot helped keep the 49ers in the game, as Long Beach State made 11 3-pointers, which helped offset a major rebounding edge for the Aztecs, 37-22. The Aztecs also shot 25 free throws, compared to just two for the 49ers.

"We played well in stretches, but not good enough down the stretch," commented head coach Dan Monson. "We took a couple of tough shots, started trading baskets and fell in love with our offensive end. This is a game where you have to win with your defense. I thought we controlled that end of the floor for the first 35 minutes pretty well, but once we started scoring, our defensive intensity and attention to rebounding slipped a little."

The 49ers trailed 25-21 at the half, but 3-pointers from McKay LaSalle and Lamb helped tie the game at 33, and LBSU went on a 13-5 run to take an eight point lead at 46-38 with 9:24 left in the game in front of a sellout crowd of 12,414 at Viejas Arena.

Long Beach State will have its longest break between game thus far into the season, getting 10 days off before the 49ers next action. The road trip continues for the Beach, as Long Beach State will play at No. 8 Texas on December 20 at 5 p.m. PT on the Longhorn Network.



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