Long Beach State Loses To Another Ranked Opponent, Falling 66-49 at No. 17 St. John's
Beach struggled offensively, shooting 32.3 percent on the night.
Queens, N.Y. - Despite a poor shooting night by the Beach, it was a familiar story for the 49ers. Long Beach State was able to hold even with No. 17 St. John's on the road, taking a second half lead, but turnovers and a late defensive slip led to a 66-49 defeat at the hands of the Red Storm.
The 49ers shot just 24.3 percent (9-for-37) from the field in the opening period, and a dreadful 1-for-13 from three as St. John's jumped out to an 11-4 lead. The 49ers were able to clamp down defensively, and held close to the end of the first 20, trailing by four points at 24-20.
In the second half, Long Beach State had the early momentum, as Caffey scored a quick basket and then Branford Jones made a three to give LBSU at 25-24 lead. Up 28-26 with 16:33 to play however, another dry spell hit over the next four minutes for the 49ers, and St. John's took a 36-28 lead, and were never again really threatened by the Beach.
The 49ers won the rebounding battle for the fourth time this season, 42 to 39, but had 12 second half turnovers, and didn't get the benefit of the whistle, with 17 fouls to 9 for St. John's. Jones led the team with six rebounds, but four 49ers had five or more boards in one of LBSU's better games on the glass.
For St. John's, Chris Obekpa and Phil Greene IV each had 16 points, while D'Angelo Harrison had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Long Beach State returns to California for a quick holiday break, and will then continue its six-game roadie by coming back to New York. The 49ers will play at Syracuse on Sunday, December 28, with tip-off scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on ESPNU.
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