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Long Beach State fights back to top Utah Valley, 77-69

Sophomore Alex Sanchez scored a game-high 19 points, 14 of which came in the second half, to lead the 49ers to a 77-69 victory over Utah Valley.

Nov. 23, 2012

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OREM, Utah - The Long Beach State women's basketball team trailed by as many as 22 points early in the game, but it never gave up as it put together a big second-half effort to top Utah Valley, 77-69, Friday at the UCCU Center.

LBSU (3-2) outscored UVU, 48-21, in the second period and finished the afternoon shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The 49ers also owned a 43-36 advantage on the boards.

Sophomore Alex Sanchez led the way with a game-high 19 points, while adding seven rebounds and five assists. Sophomores Chantel Dooley and Devin Hudson chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Hudson also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds.

Utah Valley (1-5) struck first, but senior Mary Ochiltree hit a 3-pointer to give Long Beach State an early 3-2 edge. That was the only 49er lead in the first half, however, as the Wolverines scored nine unanswered points to go up, 11-3, at the 17:30 mark. After Hudson's layup ended a four-minute scoring drought and brought LBSU within six, UVU proceeded to go on a 22-6 run to open up a 33-11 advantage with 8:45 to play.

Long Beach State eventually closed the gap to 38-24 following a 7-0 spurt, but the Wolverines outscored the 49ers 6-1 down the stretch to go up by a 48-29 margin at the break.

In the opening period, Utah Valley shot an identical 60 percent from the field and from 3-point range, while LBSU made 33.3 percent of its shots and was 14.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The 49ers came out looking like a different team in the second half as they accounted for the first five points and held UVU without a field goal for five-plus minutes. That allowed them to cut the deficit to single digits as a 3-pointer from Ella Clark made it 51-42.

Long Beach State continued to roll as it went on a 17-6 run, capped by a Spargo 3-pointer at the 8:52 mark, to take its first lead since the first minute of the game. Overall, the 49ers outscored Utah Valley, 30-9, over an 11-minute span.

LBSU would go up by nine (69-60) after a putback from Hudson before the Wolverines came back within four with 1:12 to go. The 49ers responded with a layup from Dooley, forcing UVU to foul. Both Sanchez and Dooley sank their free throws over the last 50 seconds to secure the 77-69 victory.

Sammie Jensen led Utah Valley with 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Taylor Huber also finished with 17 points. The Wolverines made just six field goals in the final 20 minutes of the game (6-for-27).

Long Beach State returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 25, as it continues its weekend road trip with a 2 p.m. (PST) tilt at No. 1 Stanford.



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