NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Long Beach State caught a tough break on the road at CSUN on Thursday night when the Beach dropped a 63-56 decision at the Matadome. Despite forcing 27 turnovers, LBSU was hampered by cold shooting as it was out-shot 46.3 percent to 34.8 percent in the game.
With the loss, Long Beach State falls to 15-8 overall and 6-2 in the Big West Conference. Meanwhile, CSUN moves to 10-11 on the year and 3-4 in league action.
The highlight of the night for the Beach was senior point guard Anna Kim’s 18-point performance as she was the only 49er to reach double-figures in the contest. Kim was 8-for-13 from the field and also grabbed a pair of steals. Jewelyn Sawyer led the team on boards with nine rebounds, while adding seven points.
Although the Beach played hard, they were unable to overcome the Matadors’ 46.3 shooting percentage. CSUN’s offense was led by Channon Fluker’s 22-point effort as she went 10-for-15 from the field. Fluker also added a whopping 20 rebounds for a double-double.
Long Beach State took a four-point lead in the first quarter, but was unable to hold the advantage after allowing CSUN to shoot 46.2 percent in the frame. The Matadors limited the Beach to under 30 percent shooting in the quarter as they outscored the 49ers 13-10.
The Beach turned in its best performance in the second quarter as they shot 52.9 percent from the field and scored 22 points to the Matadors’ 15. Kim tallied seven points in the frame as the Beach took a 32-28 lead at halftime.
With a four-point advantage to start the third quarter, LBSU went cold as the Matadors tallied 22 points and held the 49ers to 12. The Beach were again held to under 30 percent shooting and CSUN took full advantage as it capitalized on a 57.1 shooting percentage.
Long Beach State trailed by as many as eight points in the third quarter as they saw their four-point lead turn into a deficit. CSUN went on to take a 50-44 lead into the fourth quarter and continued to keep the Beach at a distance in the final 10 minutes of action.
LSBU’s rally was foiled in the fourth as CSUN would not allow the Beach to come any closer than two points before winning the game 63-56.
The Beach look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they travel to UC Irvine for a 2 p.m. contest at the Bren Events Center.
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