Blake Workman, Cal State Fullerton edge Long Beach State, 2-1

  • Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards slides head first ahead of a pick off attempt by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton’s Jairus Richards slides head first ahead of a pick off attempt by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State starting pitcher Tyler Radcliffe delivers a pitch against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State starting pitcher Tyler Radcliffe delivers a pitch against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton third baseman Brett Borgogno turns in the air to make the throw to first base against Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton third baseman Brett Borgogno turns in the air to make the throw to first base against Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews dives to make the catch of a sinking line drive against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews dives to make the catch of a sinking line drive against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton outfielder Jairus Richards fields the ball hit into the alley for a double by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton outfielder Jairus Richards fields the ball hit into the alley for a double by Long Beach State in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State outfielder Clayton Andrews gets high fives from teammates after scoring a run against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Tommy Wilson delivers a pitch against Long Beach State in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton starting pitcher Tommy Wilson delivers a pitch against Long Beach State in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera squares to bunt, but takes the pitch instead against Cal State Fullerton in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera squares to bunt, but takes the pitch instead against Cal State Fullerton in Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State shortstop Santino Rivera fires the ball to first to get an out against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State shortstop Santino Rivera fires the ball to first to get an out against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton shortstop Sahid Valenzuela stops a grounder up the middle to save a run as Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera takes second in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton shortstop Sahid Valenzuela stops a grounder up the middle to save a run as Long Beach State’s Santino Rivera takes second in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Long Beach State’s pitching coach visits starting pitcher Connor Riley on the mound to settle him down against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Long Beach State’s pitching coach visits starting pitcher Connor Riley on the mound to settle him down against Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Cal State Fullerton relief pitcher Blake Workman throws to the plate during Saturday night’s game against Long Beach State at CSF’s Goodwin Field. Workman pitched four shutout innings, striking out six, to help the Titans to a 2-1 victory. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

    Cal State Fullerton relief pitcher Blake Workman throws to the plate during Saturday night’s game against Long Beach State at CSF’s Goodwin Field. Workman pitched four shutout innings, striking out six, to help the Titans to a 2-1 victory. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

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FULLERTON — Tyler Lasch delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Blake Workman pitched four shutdown innings as Cal State Fullerton edged rival Long Beach State 2-1 on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.

Daniel Cope led off the seventh with a single to right field, then Long Beach catcher Chris Jimenez dropped a pop fly in foul territory, which should have retired Lasch. One pitch later, Lasch ripped a double to right, scoring Cope from first with what turned out to be the decisive run.

THERE WE GOOOOOOOOO!!! TYLER LASCH with the go-ahead double to RF to bring in Daniel Cope. #CSUF takes the 2-1 lead in the B7 #TusksUp pic.twitter.com/m2vp8rf0pX

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) March 25, 2018

Tommy Wilson made his second career start for the Titans (9-11), scattering seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three and allowed one earned run. Workman (2-3) took over to start the sixth and held the visitors to two hits over his four innings, striking out six with no walks.

Each team scored a run in the third. Long Beach’s Clayton Andrews delivered a one-out triple in the top of the third then scored on a wild pitch. Fullerton’s Jairus Richards beat out an infield single to lead off the bottom of the inning, then Zach Weisz ripped a double down the right field line to put runners at the corners with one out. Fullerton then tied the score when Richards came home on Mitch Berryhill’s groundout.

Jarren Duran, Shaq Robinson and Andrews all had two hits apiece for Long Beach, while Fullerton made the most of four hits and three walks.

Tyler Radcliffe (1-3) took the loss for LBSU (9-14), allowing two unearned runs in 6-1/3 innings.

The teams will meet again Sunday at 1 p.m. in the rubber game of the three-game nonconference series.

More to come on this story.

We have the heroes of tonight’s win over Long Beach State, Tyler Lasch and Blake Workman talking postgame #TusksUp pic.twitter.com/gh72rHtSoE

— Titan Baseball (@BaseballTitans) March 25, 2018

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Kyle Hurt anchors USC to a combined no-hitter against Utah

LOS ANGELES — Freshman right-hander Kyle Hurt pitched 7-2/3 no-hit innings to lead the USC baseball team to the program’s seventh no-hitter, combining with Austin Manning and Connor Lunn to shut Utah out 2-0 in a Pac-12 opener on Thursday night at Dedeaux Field.

Hurt left the game in the eighth inning after walking a batter on his 117th pitch, giving way to Manning who got a flyout on two quick pitches. Connor Lunn then worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out two to complete the no-hit bid with his sixth save.

It was USC’s first no-hitter of any kind since March 4, 2000 when USC pitched five no-hit innings against Mississippi State. USC’s last nine-inning no-hitter was on Feb. 18, 1986 when Brad Brink (seven innings) and Brian Brooks (two innings) combined to no-hit Cal State L.A.

“I was getting ahead of a lot of hitters, throwing my fastball for a first-pitch strike and backing it up with my curveball,” said Hurt, who was making just his fourth collegiate start. “I just felt really good out there. I didn’t really know I had the no-hitter going until the fifth inning. After I finally realized I was just going into the dugout, taking deep breaths and trying to keep myself composed.

“It was huge to have Austin and Connor finish that off. Austin did a great job getting a quick out in the eighth and then of course Connor picked up his sixth save. It was pretty fun.”

Blake Sabol went 2 for 4 to pace the offense for the Trojans (10-4 overall, 1-0 Pac-12). Sabol doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on an RJ Bates single, then added a leadoff single in the seventh, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Angelo Armenta.

Hurt (2-1, 2.38 ERA) had to work around six walks, but struck out seven as he settled in and looked more comfortable as the game continued. Utah (1-15, 0-1) got a pair of runners aboard in both the third and fourth innings, but Hurt got out of those jams then retired 11 straight hitters before exiting after the walk in the eighth inning. USC allowed just one baserunner over the final five innings.

Opening up Pac-12 play on a high note. Three Trojans toss a no-hitter in @USC_Baseball‘s 2-0 win over Utah.

Kyle Hurt: 7.2 IP, 7 K.
Austin Manning: 0.1 IP
Connor Lunn: 1 IP, 2 K.#Pac12BSB pic.twitter.com/CJHJ6q4vh0

— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) March 16, 2018

“Kyle really set the tone tonight,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said. “Giving up no hits into the eighth inning is an incredible feat. He just ran his pitch count up a little bit, but I’m proud of how all the guys threw.

“We needed every bit of it tonight because Josh Tedeschi was really good for them. I was just proud of how our guys stuck with it time after time. The story of the night is really Kyle throwing seven-and-two-thirds no-hit innings and what a great job the pitching and defense did.”

The three-game series continues Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.).

The man of the hour, @hurt_kyle, after tossing the bulk of the program’s 7th no-hitter. pic.twitter.com/CPRNrpBkWc

— USC Baseball (@USC_Baseball) March 16, 2018

Head Coach @DanHubbs40 on the performance of his pitching staff in tonight’s big win. pic.twitter.com/gLRLrsh0fl

— USC Baseball (@USC_Baseball) March 16, 2018

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Whicker: Villanova bears the burden of this bracket pick

My annual NCAA Tournament bracket, also known as The Shape Of Water:

EAST

Xavier over Texas Southern:  TSU’s Health and Physical Education Center was homecourt for two NCAA teams this year, the home team and Houston.

Missouri over Florida State: Even with Michael Porter Jr. struggling to sync up, the Tigers are too good here.

South Dakota State over Ohio State: Mke Daum loses his title as Least-Known Good Player.

Gonzaga over UNC Greensboro: UNCG hasn’t seen anybody like Rui Hachimura.

San Diego State over Houston: Aztecs were on a fearsome roll in Mountain West Tournament.

Michigan over Montana: Even more so for Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament.

Providence over Texas A&M: If the Aggies had the Friars’ tenacity they’d be more like a 3 seed, not a 7.

North Carolina over Lipscomb: Pat Boone’s alma mater requires mandatory attendance at Bible class. Not so at Carolina.

Missouri over Xavier: Porter finds his sweet spot.

Gonzaga over South Dakota State: Killian Tillie’s brother Kevin won two NCAA volleyball titles at UC Irvine.

Michigan over San Diego State: The Steve Fisher Bowl.

North Carolina over Providence: Theo Pinson is one of the Tar Heels’ most resourceful players in years.

Gonzaga over Missouri: It’s a shame, but the Zags have outgrown the WCC.

Michigan over North Carolina: Wolverines make a Beilein to the basket against Carolina’s spotty defense.

Michigan over Gonzaga: How come the basketball team always has a quarterback and the football team doesn’t?

SOUTH

Virginia over Maryland Baltimore-County: UMBC coach Ryan Odom is son of former UVA assistant Dave Odom, who went on to coach Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.

Kansas State over Creighton: Dean Wade came from St. John, Kans. (population 1,265) to fashion a fine career at K-State.

Kentucky over Davidson: The Big Blue survives dynamic freshman Kerran Grady.

Arizona over Buffalo: Deandre Ayton roams like, well, a buffalo.

Tennessee over Wright State: Vols star Admiral Schofield has a father who was a captain in the Navy. Not named after the old TV set.

Loyola-Chicago over Miami: Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, 98, is spiritual adviser for the Ramblers.

Nevada over Texas: The Longhorns were the worst offensive team in the Big 12.

Cincinnati over Georgia State: GSU coach Ron Hunter needed a stool for his torn Achilles when his club beat Baylor three years ago. He’s healthy but he’s keeping the stool.

Virginia over Kansas State: Incredible that nobody scored 70 points against UVA this season.

Kentucky over Arizona: There will come a time when Arizona needs to shoot well and won’t. It might as well be now.

Tennessee over Loyola-Chicago: Didn’t Texas fire Rick Barnes because he couldn’t win big NCAA games?

Cincinnati over Nevada: Only Virginia has better defensive efficiency than the Bearcats.

Kentucky over Virginia: De’Andre Hunter’s broken wrist finally catches up with the Cavaliers.

Cincinnati over Tennessee: Cincinnati foes only average 6.3 made 3-pointers.

Cincinnati over Kentucky: Seniors and juniors over freshmen.

EAST

Villanova over Radford: Highlanders coach Mike Jones has a son, Nate, playing in the tournament for Bucknell.

Virginia Tech over Alabama: The Crimson Tide has Collin Sexton. It also has 15 losses.

Murray State over West Virginia: The Racers have the nation’s longest winning streak (13) and can handle pressure.

Marshall over Wichita State: Dan D’Antoni coaches the Herd. So, yeah they shoot 28.3 3-pointers a game.

St. Bonaventure over Florida: First Four momentum. It’s real.

Texas Tech over Stephen F. Austin: The Red Raiders will go as far as Keenan Evans’ sore turf toe takes them.

Arkansas over Butler: Young center Daniel Gafford might be playing this game for years and years.

Purdue over Cal State Fullerton: The Titans are dealing with a 9:40 a.m. PDT tipoff, body.

Villanova over Virginia Tech: Few teams have a pair of aces like Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges.

Murray State over Marshall: The Coal Bowl.

Texas Tech over St. Bonaventure: Three games in five days is too much for the thin Bonnies.

Purdue over Arkansas: The Boilermakers have put two good games together more often than the Razorbacks.

Villanova over Murray State: The Wildcats got better when Phil Booth got healthy.

Purdue over Texas Tech: Purdue is no longer just a bunch of hard hats, but a 3-point firing squad.

Villanova over Purdue: Muscle memory takes over for the ’Nova players, some of whom remember winning it all in 2016.

MIDWEST

Kansas over Penn: Lots of wishful thinking about a No. 1 seed finally losing to a 16. Not Kansas, not in Wichita.

N.C. State over Seton Hall: The Wolfpack beat Arizona, North Carolina and Duke this season.

New Mexico State over Clemson: Jemerrio Jones averages a double-double for the Aggies.

Auburn over Charleston: The NCAA somehow made fans of both teams make the trek to San Diego.

TCU over Syracuse: You have to win ugly in the tournament sometimes. The Orange can lose ugly, too.

Michigan State over Bucknell: A bit of danger here.

Rhode Island over Oklahoma: Trae Young shot Oklahoma into prominence and nearly shot Oklahoma out of the tournament.

Duke over Iona: Grayson Allen has only a few flagrant fouls left.

Kansas over N.C. State: The chalk holds up, as does the rock.

Auburn over New Mexico State: Tigers enjoy their first NCAA trip in 15 years.

Michigan State over TCU: Freshman Jaren Jackson has a lottery seat awaiting.

Rhode Island over Duke: The Blue Devils’ defense and depth crumble in the face of the experienced, passionate Rams.

Kansas over Auburn: Devonte Graham, the Jayhawks’ valuable point guard, was a prep school teammate of probable NBA Rookie of the Year Donovan Mitchell.

Michigan State over Rhode Island: Freshman center Xavier Tillman is ready to break out.

Michigan State over Kansas: The Big Ten wasn’t that bad after all.

SEMIFINALS

Michigan over Cincinnati: German center Moritz Wagner joins the NCAA zeitgeist, gives Michigan fans a sense of schadenfreude.

Villanova over Michigan State: It’s Michigan State’s first loss to anyone but Michigan since Jan. 4.

FINAL

Villanova over Michigan: And Nick Foles won’t even need to catch a touchdown.

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USC to see deeper 3-point line, other experimental rule changes in NIT

LOS ANGELES — USC will be something of a test subject in the National Invitational Tournament.

That is because NIT games this month will feature a variety of new experimental rules as part of an effort by the NCAA to increase the pace of games.

The changes include games divided into four 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves, a free-throw lane widened from 12 feet to 16 feet to match the NBA and an extended 3-point arc to roughly 22 feet to mirror the same distance used by FIBA in international games. The shot clock will also reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound instead of the full 30 seconds.

“The style of play in men’s college basketball is healthy and appealing, but the leadership governing the game is interested in keeping the playing rules contemporary and trending favorably,” Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, said in a statement announcing the rules last month. “Experimenting with two significant court dimension rules, a shot-clock reset rule and a game-format rule all have some level of support in the membership, so the NIT will provide the opportunity to gather invaluable data and measure the experience of the participants.”

The extension of the 3-point line could lower shooting percentages, but some analysts believe it might also allow for more spacing in the halfcourt, freeing players to drive toward the basket. Similarly, the widened lane could lead to less congestion around the rim. The NCAA’s news release noted the potential to “reduce physicality.”

USC, a No. 1 seed in the 32-team NIT bracket, hosts No. 8 seed UNC-Asheville on Tuesday night. The Galen Center court had already been reconfigured on Monday, with new white lines added to the hardwood.

Coach Andy Enfield on Monday was unsure of the rules’ potential effect.

It is the third time in the past four seasons that the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has added experimental rule changes for the NIT.

The most significant experiment came in 2015 with a 30-second shot clock, reduced from 35. Used across the NIT, as well as the College Basketball Invitational and CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, in 2015, scoring rose by an average of 2.4 points per game and the number of possessions increased by two per 40 minutes, according to the college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy.

The 30-second shot clock was ultimately added to all NCAA games before the 2015-16 season, and scoring increased from 66.9 points per game the previous season to 72.3, according to KenPom.com. It has increased marginally the past two seasons as well.

None of the experimental rule changes from this season’s NIT can take effect until at least the 2019-20 season.

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Deishuan Booker’s buzzer-beater helps Long Beach State stun UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Deishuan Booker scored 20 points, including the winning layup as time expired, to give Long Beach State a dramatic 70-69 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night.

Gabe Vincent made a pair of free throws with six seconds left to cap a 13-4 Gauchos run and give UCSB a 69-68 lead. Booker took the inbound pass, weaved his way through the middle of the defense and kissed the ball high of the glass to elude the outstretched arm of a defender at the rim and it dropped as the horn sounded.

The 49ers (14-17, 8-7 Big West Conference) led 64-56 with 4:03 left after Gabe Levin’s layup. Vincent started the UCSB run with a 3-pointer, added another later and Leland King II added a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer of his own.

Booker shot 8 for 11 from the field, Levin scored 20, Jordan Roberts added 10 and Temidayo Yussuf tied a career high with 15 rebounds.

Vincent led the Gauchos (21-8, 10-5) with a career-high 28 points, Jalen Canty scored 17 and King scored 10 with 10 rebounds.

The loss takes the Gauchos out of the running for at least a share of the conference title. The winner of Saturday’s game between UC Davis (20-9, 11-4) and host UC Irvine (16-15, 11-4) will win the regular-season title outright and clinch the top seed for the eight-team Big West Tournament at Honda Center.

UCSB can do no better than tie for second now, possibly in a three-way tie with Cal State Fullerton (17-10, 10-5) and the loser of the UCI-UC Davis game. Long Beach, which closes the regular season on Saturday night against UC Riverside (9-20, 4-11), can finish no higher than fifth.

Relive the closing seconds as @deideibooker lifts @LBSUhoops over UCSB with the last two of his career-high 20 points. #GoBeach pic.twitter.com/OLUC73E4gM

— LBSU Mens Basketball (@LBSUhoops) March 2, 2018

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Surging Hawaii turns back slumping Long Beach State

HONOLULU — Zigmars Raimo scored 13 of his career-high 17 points in the second half to lead Hawaii to a 74-63 victory over Long Beach State on Thursday night.

Gibson Johnson added 13 points for the Rainbow Warriors (16-10, 7-6 Big West Conference), who have won three straight. Raimo was 6 for 7 from the field, and 5 for 6 from the free-throw line.

Hawaii shot 53 percent and Long Beach 30 in the first half, which ended with the Rainbow Warriors leading 34-25.

Barry Ogalue scored five points in 21 seconds, pulling the 49ers within four at 46-42 with 12:26 remaining, but Raimo had 10 points in a 15-2 run to push the lead back to 15 with 7:19 left.

Ogalue cut it to eight on a free throw with five minutes left, but Johnson pushed it back to 10 at the line and followed it up with a scoop layup. Jack Purchase blocked Gabe Levin’s fadeaway jumper with under three minutes left, but Bryan Alberts hit a 3-pointer the next trip down to cut it to eight. Brocke Stepteau boosted it back to 10 with a floater and added two more at the line to put it away with a minute left.

Hawaii was 12 for 14 from the foul line in the second half.

Levin scored 18 for Long Beach (13-16, 7-6), making him the second transfer and 24th 49er to surpass 1,000 career points. Ogalue had nine of his 11 points in the second half.

Senior forward Mike Thomas missed a second straight game with an unspecified injury, but Hawaii got 23 points from its reserves as it avenged an eight-point loss at LBSU to open conference play last month.

Long Beach, which lost for the fourth time in five games, next plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton (15-10, 8-5), while Hawaii hosts first-place UC Irvine (15-15, 10-4) the same night at 9 p.m. PT.

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TJ DeFalco, top-ranked Long Beach State outlast No. 2 UCLA again

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes against UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes against UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Bjarne Huus(4) gets the ball past UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Bjarne Huus(4) gets the ball past UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) Nick Amado(25) and Bjarne Huus(4) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) Nick Amado(25) and Bjarne Huus(4) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) and Simon Anderson(13) can’t block UCLA’s JT Hatch(9) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) and Simon Anderson(13) can’t block UCLA’s JT Hatch(9) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s Oliver Martin(4) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s Nick Amado(25) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s Oliver Martin(4) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s Nick Amado(25) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) gets the ball past Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) gets the ball past Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s JT Hatch(9) battles for the ball against Long Beach State in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s JT Hatch(9) battles for the ball against Long Beach State in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes against UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah(16) and Dylan Missry(12) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes against UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah(16) and Dylan Missry(12) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) lobs the ball over UCLA’s Micah Ma’a(13) and Daenan Gyimah(16) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) lobs the ball over UCLA’s Micah Ma’a(13) and Daenan Gyimah(16) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) lobs the ball over UCLA’s Micah Ma’a(13) and Daenan Gyimah(16) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) lobs the ball over UCLA’s Micah Ma’a(13) and Daenan Gyimah(16) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah(16) spikes against Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) and Nick Amado(25) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah(16) spikes against Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) and Nick Amado(25) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) attempts to block UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) attempts to block UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus (4) celebrates a point with his teammates during Wednesday’s match at UCLA. Top-ranked Long Beach defeated the second-ranked Bruins in four sets for the second time in less than a week. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus (4) celebrates a point with his teammates during Wednesday’s match at UCLA. Top-ranked Long Beach defeated the second-ranked Bruins in four sets for the second time in less than a week. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes up against UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) Daenan Gyimah(16) and Grant Missry(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes up against UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) Daenan Gyimah(16) and Grant Missry(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes against UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes against UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes against UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) goes against UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) blocks UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) ball in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) blocks UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) ball in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) spikes against UCLA’s in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) spikes against UCLA’s in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) can’t block a spike against Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11) can’t block a spike against Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes the ball against UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) spikes the ball against UCLA’s Jake Arnitz(15) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) spikes the ball against Long Beach State’s in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) and his teammates attempt to block UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Kyle Ensing(5) and his teammates attempt to block UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Jordan Molina(9) gets under the ball against UCLA in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Jordan Molina(9) gets under the ball against UCLA in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11), left lobs over the ball against UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) and Daenan Gyimah(16), right, in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s TJ DeFalco(11), left lobs over the ball against UCLA’s Dylan Missry(12) and Daenan Gyimah(16), right, in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Josh Tuaniga(10), left, battle for the ball with UCLA’s Oliver Martin(4), right,in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Josh Tuaniga(10), left, battle for the ball with UCLA’s Oliver Martin(4), right,in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) eyes the ball as he attempts to block UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s Bjarne Huus(4) eyes the ball as he attempts to block UCLA’s Grant Maleski(10) in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

  • Long Beach State’s UCLA’s Garland Peed V(1) and his teammates celebrate a point against Long Beach State in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

    Long Beach State’s UCLA’s Garland Peed V(1) and his teammates celebrate a point against Long Beach State in a rematch between the top teams in the NCAA, No. 1 Long Beach State as they travel to Westwood to take on No. 2 UCLA in Los Angeles Wednesday, February 21, 2018. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova / Daily Breeze)

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LOS ANGELES — TJ DeFalco’s eyes light up in appreciation when he’s asked about his running mate Kyle Ensing.

“It makes my job really easy,” DeFalco joked after the pair of juniors led top-ranked Long Beach State to a four-set, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory over No. 2 UCLA on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion, four days after the 49ers won at LBSU’s Walter Pyramid last Saturday.

DeFalco, who had a season-high 17 kills against UCLA win last Saturday, had a match-high 23 kills Wednesday, followed by 19 from Ensing.

DeFalco had seven kills in the fourth set, all coming in the latter half of the match to clinch the victory for the 49ers (14-0). His first kill of the set tied it at 14-14 as he scored six of Long Beach State’s next seven points.

UCLA senior JT Hatch opposed the Huntington Beach native with three kills in the fourth set to keep the score close, but Ensing joined in with a kill to push the lead to 21-19. The Bruins (14-3) fell behind after another kill from DeFalco and an ace from Nick Amado that bust the tight set open late.

“One thing that we focus on in practice a lot is composure late,” DeFalco said. “It’s really just staying with our routine, playing our own game and not getting caught up in the crowd or emotion of the game so we really just hunkered down and played very composed.”

Freshman Grant Maleski started on the right side for UCLA in place of senior Christian Hessenauer after playing in only two sets this season. Hessenauer is UCLA’s leader in kills per set, while Maleski’s lone kill of his career came against Concordia on Feb. 8. But the freshman from Illinois came up big in the second set with six kills and a block to help UCLA tie the match.

After Maleski had four straight kills that helped UCLA to a 22-18 lead, Long Beach set up a triple block on the right side. Maleski hit his attempt high and out of bounds to avoid the block, but on the next point, he finessed it over with a soft touch that put UCLA by two 23-21. Hatch, who finished with 13 kills and 10 digs, scored the final two points for the Bruins, including a left-handed tip kill to finish the set.

“Really proud of Grant, especially because he’s really had hardly any time with (setter) Micha (Ma’a),” UCLA head coach John Speraw said. “Good experience for him. I feel really good about what he’s going to be able to do for us and we may need him going forward.”

Maleski tied Hatch for the team-lead in kills with 13, but showed his youth at times with seven errors and four service errors.

Long Beach State setter Josh Tauniga had a season-high 57 assists with 13 digs while Ma’a had 49 for the Bruins with 11 digs.

Before last Saturday, the 49ers hadn’t lost a set in nine matches and now they’ve been pushed to four sets twice in four days. Long Beach head coach Alan Knipe said he was expecting a “slugfest” in Wednesday’s rematch.

After his team landed the knockout punch, Knipe believes back-to-back wins over the No. 2 team in the country can only be a springboard toward bigger goals.

“There’s absolutely no substitute (to) getting these types of moments to experience and execute through and hopefully you come out on the end you want — the winning end,” Knipe said. “But in reality, these are the lesson moments that you build on throughout the season that you refer to in big matches: playoff matches and hopefully Final Four matches.”

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Long Beach State men’s basketball bounces back, beats Cal Poly

LONG BEACH — After two thrilling but tough losses at home, Long Beach State wasn’t concerned that Saturday night’s 73-54 victory over Cal Poly was a bit rough around the edges.

The 49ers had the upper hand on the Mustangs from the opening tip at the Walter Pyramid, but they didn’t shoot particularly well and were severely outrebounded in the first half. It was a two-point game four minutes into the second half when the 49ers went on an 11-2 run on the strength of a Bryan Alberts 3-pointer and six points by Gabe Levin to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 41-30.

Unlike the losses to UC Irvine and UC Davis when they had leads of seven in the second half, the 49ers held on to the lead, extending it to 16 with 2:19 to go.

Levin, fresh off a school record-tying 45 points in a double overtime loss to UC Davis, had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Temidayo Yussuf added 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the 49ers (13-14, 7-4). Long Beach also received 11 points from Alberts and 10 by Jordan Roberts.

The win moved Long Beach into a three-team tie for third place in the tight Big West Conference, with UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton at 7-4. UC Santa Barbara, which visits the Pyramid on Thursday, leads the conference at 8-2, a half-game head of UC Irvine (8-3).

“I was pleased with our attitude,” LBSU coach Dan Monson said. “They had a week to sit on those two losses and that’s tough to do. But it was needed. We didn’t work on offense all week. We had a lot of things to shore up defensively.

“We’re a capable team, but we won’t win the Big West or the (conference) tournament if our defense doesn’t get better.”

Cal Poly (8-17, 3-8) was led by Luke Meikle, who had 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting, and Iziah James who scored 11. After holding a 23-14 edge in rebounds in the first half, the 49ers dominated in the second half, 33-16.

“They had nine offensive rebounds in the first half, and I think Gabe and Temidayo took it personal and played well in the second,” Monson said.

“We had better flow on offense in the second half,” Levin said. “It was a must-win game for us, and we’re glad we got it but now we need to build on this and get some momentum.”

The Mustangs, who shot just 30 percent, tried to fight their way back via the 3-point arc, but finished just 5 for 27 from distance.

Roberts and Levin each hit a pair of field goals and K.J. Byers a 3-pointer to stake the 49ers to a 17-11 lead 8½ minutes into the game. Cal Poly rallied, scoring on three straight possessions when Long Beach got out of sync with a four-guard offense.

Long Beach rallied with a 7-0 run. Luke Meikle hit a 3-pointer in the last minute to leave the 49ers on top 24-20 at the break. Both teams suffered droughts in the first half, the 49ers going 1 for 10 and the Mustangs 3 for 11.

After LBSU opened the 11-point lead, the Mustangs got within eight, but Levin and Yussuf came back with three straight baskets in the paint to make it 59-46. Long Beach was 18 for 20 from the free-throw line after halftime to maintain control.

The 49ers host league-leading UCSB (19-5, 8-2) on Thursday night at the Pyramid.

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Long Beach State dominates boards in easy win at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Gabe Levin scored 21 points and Temidayo Yussuf had a double-double as surging Long Beach State handed Cal Poly its fifth straight loss 87-71 on Thursday night.

Yussuf scored 17 points and led the 49ers’ 45-28 domination on the boards – including 17-4 on the offensive glass – for his second double-double this season and fifth of his career.

Deishaun Booker had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, capping the first half with a steal and a 3-pointer with two seconds left for a 41-30 lead. The lead remained in double figures in the second half, reaching 22 on three occasions. Edon Maxhuni added 14 points and Jordan Roberts had a career-high nine rebounds for the 49ers (11-12, 5-2 Big West).

Long Beach went 28 for 33 at the free-throw line to help themselves to a comfortable road win.

Donovan Fields led Cal Poly with 17 points and Luke Meikle had 13 for the Mustangs (6-14, 1-5).

A 3-pointer from Mark Crowe gave the Mustangs a 14-13 lead after the first seven minutes of play, but a three-point play from KJ Byers put the 49ers in front for good with 12:09 remaining in the first half.

Junior Bryan Alberts returned to the lineup after missing nine games, hitting a 3-pointer to put Long Beach up four, and LBSU slowly started to pull away, going on a 10-0 run to take a 31-19 lead. In the first three minutes of the second half, a pair of 3-pointers from Levin and a four-point play by Maxhuni helped break the game open, and the Mustangs never got closer than 10 points the rest of the night.

Long Beach next plays on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Cal State Northridge.

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Long Beach State pulls away to beat Pepperdine

MALIBU — Bryan Alberts hit a career-high six 3-pointers on the way to a 20-point night, as Long Beach State’s pace was a key in a 78-71 nonconference victory over Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Long Beach scored 16 points on the fast break and forced Pepperdine into 16 turnovers. The 49ers also did an excellent job sharing the ball, making 21 assists with just 12 turnovers.

A 10-3 run gave Long Beach a 35-26 lead with 2:41 left in the half, but Pepperdine (3-7) took advantage of a series of LBSU turnovers to pull even at 35-35 by halftime.

Out of the locker room, the defensive pressure that helped Long Beach (5-7) open its earlier lead proved effective again, and Alberts made four straight 3-pointers to extend the lead to nine again.

The Waves answered again, tying the score at 51 on a 3-pointer from Eric Cooper Jr., but a layup by Deishuan Booker started a 13-2 run for the 49ers and they never led by less than six the rest of the night.

Gabe Levin added 16 points with six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots for Long Beach. Alberts added four assists and two steals, while Booker finished with 12 points with six assists.

Long Beach next faces Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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