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.
- Sport Links
- Media Guides
Long Beach State Loses Overtime Heartbreaker In...01/15/2017 - M. Basketball
Justin Bibbins sank two free throws to give Long Beach State a two-point lead with 3.1 seconds...
Long Beach State Continues Big West Play...01/13/2017 - M. Basketball
Long Beach State will take its longest remaining trip this weekend, heading out to the islands to...
Long Beach State On The Short End Of A High-Sco...01/11/2017 - M. Basketball
Long Beach State had all five starters score in double figures for the first time since 2012, but...
Beach Continues Homestand Against CSUN Wednesday01/10/2017 - M. Basketball
The Beach continues home Big West action this Wednesday, hosting CSUN for the first meeting...
Bibbins And Beach Pass By UC Riverside 70-64 In...01/07/2017 - M. Basketball
Long Beach State had a season-high 20 assists paced by a career-high 11 from Justin Bibbins as...
Long Beach State Hosts UC Riverside In Big West...01/06/2017 - M. Basketball
The Beach hosts UC Riverside Saturday in the team’s conference home opener, as both teams...