Big Second Half From Tyler Lamb Lifts Long Beach State Past Montana State-Billings
Dec. 21, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Tyler Lamb scored a career-high 29 points, 24 coming in the second half as Long Beach State rallied from a first-half scare against Montana State-Billings in an 82-75 win over the Yellowjackets. A.J. Spencer and Mike Caffey each added 19 for the 49ers.
The 49ers stormed out to an early lead against the Yellowjackets, with early indications showing no sign of a let-down from Thursday's win over USC. Two early 3-pointers and two free throws from Mike Caffey pushed Long Beach State (3-9) out in front 17-4 with seven minutes gone in the half.
Montana State-Billings (5-5) put down their first three of the half with 12:14 to play on a Danny Desin make, and that took the lid off the basket for the Yellowjackets, who rode that momentum to tie the game at 22-22 on a 17-4 run. Spencer answered offensively for Long Beach State, but a 3-pointer from Chase Miller gave MSUB their first lead of the day at 25-24 with 6:38 remaining.
Making seven 3-pointers in the first half, the Yellowjackets led by as many as eight in the first half, and took a six point lead into the second half, up 38-32.
Lamb kicked Long Beach State into gear in the second half, hitting a 3-pointer in the first offensive trip for the 49ers, and scoring the first nine points of the half for The Beach in less than three minutes.
Another three from Lamb gave the 49ers the lead for good at 49-47, and his third distance make of the half capped off a 25-12 advantage over the first seven minutes of the second half. Lamb scored 21 of those 25 points to open the half.
Long Beach State had used full-court defensive pressure to help create the gap to start the half, and went to it again after MSUB was able to pull within four at 62-58. Another dose of the pressure helped increase the gap once more, with Kris Gulley dropping in a second 3-pointer to open up a 16-point lead with 5:48 to play.
Working the clock the rest of the way, the 49ers finished off the game with an 82-75 victory, the second win in a row for Long Beach State.
The 29 points from Lamb were a career-high for the junior; his previous best was 26 points while at UCLA. The 49ers also improved to 9-0 against competition outside of Division I under Dan Monson.
Long Beach State returns to action next Saturday, traveling to Reno, Nev. to face Nevada on the road at 7 p.m.