Nixon Buzzer-Beater Sinks Long Beach State In 68-66 Loss At Colorado State
Temidayo Yussuf had a season-high 18 points in the defeat.
Fort Collins, Colo. - Deishuan Booker converted a driving layup to give Long Beach State the lead with 4.5 seconds remaining, but Prentiss Nixon hit a long-three pointer following the inbounds at the buzzer to give Colorado State a 68-66 win in Fort Collins.
Temidayo Yussuf had his best game of the year, scoring a season-high 18 points to lead four 49ers in double-figures, as Long Beach State (5-10) battled back from an ice-cold start to force Colorado State (7-6) into the game-winner at the buzzer.
Booker finished with 11 points and nine assists with just one turnover, while Gabe Levin added 15, all in the second half, to help with the rally.
Edon Maxhuni hit the opening basket of the game to give the Beach a three-point lead, but that would be the only field goal for Long Beach State until the freshman scored again, as Colorado State opened up a 20-7 lead over the first 11 minutes of the game.
Long Beach State would begin to chip away at the Rams lead in the final five minutes of the half. A three from Maxhuni cut the edge to three, and then two free throws from Yussuf brought the lead down to four, and LBSU would trail by only three points at the half.
In the second half, after an early layup from Nixon, Long Beach State went on a 7-0 run to see their first lead since 3-2 grow to four points at 40-36, and the teams would battle evenly for the rest of the half.
A layup from Deion James put the Rams up three with just over a minute left, but Long Beach State answered with a Levin three to tie the game for the sixth time at 64-64. Nixon made one of two free throws on the next trip down the floor, setting up the wild finish.
With LBSU down one with 18 seconds to play, a Booker baseline drive gave the Beach the lead, but Colorado State found Nixon on the inbounds and the junior streaked cross-court to launch a deep three which would be his only make from three of the night, but the most important as it gave Colorado State the win.
Long Beach State closes out non-conference play on December 30 in the Walter Pyramid, hosting Texas A&M International.
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