Dec. 28, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Mike Caffey scored 26 points, including a game-tying three at the end of regulation to lead the 49ers to their first road win of the season, defeating Nevada 80-77. With the victory, Long Beach State extended its winning streak to three games.
The 49er backcourt had a big day in all, with Caffey leading the way with five assists, six rebounds, and of course the 26 points. Tyler Lamb added 17 points, and Branford Jones added nine on perfect shooting from the field along with five assists and no turnovers. On the whole, Long Beach State (4-9) generally did a nice job with the ball, giving up just nine turnovers with 10 steals and 16 assists on the night.
Nevada (5-8) jumped out to an early lead on their home floor, opening up the game with a 11-4 run capped by a 3-pointer from Cole Huff to lead by seven with just over six minutes played. The 49ers pulled out in front on a fast-break lay-in from Caffey with seven minutes to play in the half, but the Wolf Pack pushed back to take a five-point edge, and led by one 32-31 at the half.
Just like in the first half, Nevada struck with an early run, taking a seven-point lead on an 8-2 run out of the break. Out in front by eight points at 14:42, Nevada appeared to be in control, but after two quick baskets, a technical foul on Wolf Pack star Deonte Burton helped the 49ers change the momentum in the contest after a tie-up on the LBSU end.
Lamb converted both free throws to bring the 49ers within three points, and two straight 3-pointers by Jones and Caffey pushed the 49ers in front by three with 12:02 to play. Long Beach State would eventually take a five-point lead at 50-45 on a wild transition sequence finished by Caffey, but Nevada had one final push left. Taking the lead with two free throws from Jerry Evans Jr. with 5:18 to play, Nevada held a six-point lead with 1:46 remaining in the game, but Long Beach State picked up an and-one basket from Jones, and pulled within two after a 3-pointer from Jones hit with 38 seconds remaining.
The 49ers missed their first chance to tie the game, but after Burton missed the first of two free throws with eight seconds left, Long Beach State had one more chance. Nevada tipped a pass for Jones wide out of bounds with 1.8 seconds to play, but an inbounds to Caffey deep behind the key allowed the junior to tie the game at the buzzer, the second time he's hit a shot at the buzzer to extend a game.
In overtime, A.J. Spencer answered an early Nevada basket with a 3-pointer, and Long Beach State never trailed the rest of the way. Four straight made free throws helped the 49ers open a five-point lead at 79-74, and the last shot by Huff to try and tie the game missed to give Long Beach State a crucial road win.
Long Beach State finishes off the non-conference schedule next Saturday with one more road trip, traveling to Missouri to face the No. 25 Tigers in Columbia, Mo. That game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. PST and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.
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