In front of a crowd of 7,564, Tournament MVP Casper Ware scored 33 points and handed out six assists Saturday night at the Honda Center to lead No. 1 seed Long Beach State to a 77-64 victory over No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara for the championship of the Big West Conference Tournament and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
The tourney title is Long Beach's fifth in 11 championship game appearances and it will be its ninth NCAA tourney appearance, the first since 2007. The crowd of 7,564 was the largest in the 18-year tenure of the tourney in Anaheim.