Dec. 15, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. - Coming into the 2012-13 season, the plans for Long Beach State included big roles for senior James Ennis and sophomore Mike Caffey. After three losses, the pair responded with two resounding efforts, leading Long Beach State past BYU-Hawaii 82-65, both finishing with double-doubles.
Ennis led the 49ers in scoring with 29 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs and leading the team, while Caffey scored 21 points and grabbed 11 boards, also a pair of career highs for the sophomore. Caffey also added a career-high six steals, finishing with a career high in three different categories.
In the process, Caffey and Ennis became the first 49ers to both score over 20 points in a game since Casper Ware and T.J. Robinson against Creighton in 2012, and the first pair of 49ers to record double-doubles since Ennis and Robinson against UC Irvine on March 9 of last year.
As it turned out, Long Beach State (4-6) needed every bit of that effort, as the Seasiders of BYU-Hawaii (4-5) were hot early, connecting on four early 3-pointers, the fourth coming from Dae Sung Lee to give BYUH a nine-point lead at 21-12 with 12:39 in the first half.
Deng Deng connected on a 3-pointer to snap the run, and a breakaway basket by Dan Jennings started a quick sequence as the 49ers scored five points in 20 seconds after steals from Deng and Caffey to pull within one. Another fast-break basket gave the 49ers the lead, and Long Beach State would take over for good on a layup by Caffey at 27-26.
A 3-pointer from Caffey kept the run rolling, and a dunk from Jennings finished off a 19-2 run for Long Beach State that put the 49ers in command, ahead by 11.
That lead would hold through the second half, as the Seasiders came no closer than 54-47 in the second half while Ennis scored 17 after the break to pace the 49ers.
Next, Long Beach State will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 18 to play UCLA at 8 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid on Saturday, December 29, hosting Pacific in the first game of Big West play in a televised contest on Fox Sports.
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