Jennings scores 27 to lead the 49ers but Long Beach State falls 89-70 at UCLA
Dec. 18, 2012
Los Angeles - Junior Dan Jennings scored 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting, one of two 49ers to score at least 20, but the 49ers offensive effort wasn't enough to best 58.9 percent shooting from the Bruins in an 89-70 loss at UCLA.
Jennings led off the game with a basket in the post, two of 38 in the paint for Long Beach State (4-7), who played well on the inside throughout the game. UCLA however, started off hot and never cooled off, putting together a 15-2 run over the first five minutes after that basket to open up an early lead, one the Bruins (8-3) would never relinquish.
Long Beach State would keep pace with the Bruins in the first half, cutting the lead to four at 22-18 following a pair of free throws from Peter Pappageorge, but UCLA took a nine-point lead into the break as Ennis drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring the advantage back to within single-digits.
James Ennis, who finished with 20 points for the 49ers, hit a 3-pointer with 9:15 remaining to cut the UCLA lead to seven at 66-59, but the Bruins scored seven unanswered points over the next two and half minutes to open the lead back up and close out the victory.
Pappageorge joined Jennings and Ennis in double-figures with 10 points, while Caffey finished with six points, six assists, and four rebounds while playing the full 40. Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 24 points, while Shabazz Muhammad added 21.
Tuesday's game marked the return of the first of three Division I transfers for Long Beach State, Edgar Garibay, but three 49ers still logged big minutes against the Bruins, as Ennis played 39 minutes, and Pappageorge played the first 38 before getting subbed out with 1:50 to play in the game, along with Caffey, who never saw the bench.
Long Beach State will have nine days off before returning to action, hosting Pacific in the team's first Big West Conference matchup at the Walter Pyramid on December 29. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 4:05 p.m., and it will be televised on Fox Sports Net. Tony Freeland and Keala King are expected to be back in uniform for the 49ers for that game.