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Benton's Game-High 22 Points Leads 49ers to 85-82 Double Overtime Win at USF

Freshman Raven Benton had a game-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds in an 85-82 double-overtime win at San Francisco.

Nov. 17, 2013

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Behind a game-high 22 points from Raven Benton and a clutch performance by Madison Montgomery in the final five minutes, the Long Beach State women's basketball team picked up its first win of the season with an 85-82 double-overtime victory against the University of San Francisco Sunday afternoon at War Memorial Gym.

The 49ers (1-2) and the Dons went back-and-forth to start the second OT before Montgomery drained a 3-pointer to give LBSU the lead for good at 83-82. On the next possession, Montgomery had a put-back on a Lauren Spargo miss and then with six seconds left, she got an offensive board on her own missed free throw to secure the 85-82 victory.

Spargo also had a pair of 3-pointers in the second extra period after coming off the bench for the first time since the 19:10 mark of the second half when she picked up her fourth foul.

Long Beach State shot a blistering 81.8 percent (9-11) in the final overtime and made 80 percent (4-5) of its 3-point attempts.

Benton, a freshman from Federal Way, Wash., added a team-best nine rebounds to go along with her 22 points. She made eight of her 11 field goal attempts.

Sanchez registered a season-best 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Spargo went 4-for-7 from behind the arc and finished with 16 points. Montgomery totaled five points and eight boards.

USF (1-2) scored a couple of early baskets, but Long Beach State came back with six unanswered points, capped by a 3-pointer from Anna Kim, to take its first lead of the game at 6-4 with four minutes gone by in the first half.

The Dons would go back up by six before the 49ers used a 13-3 run to pull ahead, 23-19, with 3:43 to go.

USF was able to close the gap to one, but Hallie Meneses nailed a 3-pointer with 1:29 on the clock to put LBSU on top, 28-24. Long Beach State stayed out front and took a 30-28 lead at intermission.

The 49ers shot just 22 percent in the first half, but they held strong on the defensive end, forcing 14 first-half turnovers.

San Francisco opened the second period on a 13-3 spurt to go up 41-33 at the 17:25 mark. Long Beach State then started to chip away and wrapped up a 13-5 run with a Jade Wilson layup to tie it up at 46-46. After trading baskets, Benton sparked a 6-0 spurt that put the 49ers on top, 56-50, with five minutes remaining.

USF stayed in the game and pulled within two with 40 seconds to play. Sanchez then hit 1-of-2 free throws before Taj Winston made a three from the left corner to knot it up at 61-61 with 7.1 seconds left. The 49ers called a timeout, but weren't able to get a shot off on the final possession, sending the game into overtime.

Benton scored five points early in the first overtime to give Long Beach State a 66-61 lead, but the Dons would come back to even the score once again at 68-68. Sanchez responded with two clutch free throws to put LBSU on top, 70-68, with 24.4 seconds on the clock. USF came right back with two free throws of its own to tie it at 70-70, forcing a second overtime.

Rachel Howard led five Dons in double figures with 16 points. Winston added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

After three-straight road games to start the season, the 49ers will return to Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 23, when they play host to Loyola Marymount. Tip-off for the home opener is set for 4 p.m. at the Walter Pyramid.

LBSU is teaming up with the Ronald McDonald House to present a `Pack the Pyramid Night' as all tickets for Saturday's contest vs. LMU will be priced at $5 and 50 percent of the proceeds will go back to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.



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