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Long Beach State, UC Davis Punch Tickets To Semifinals

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Long Beach State and UC Davis advanced to the semifinals of the Big West Men's Basketball Tournament after posting quarterfinal victories on Thursday evening at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Friday's semifinal matchups will be televised on ESPNU as UC Santa Barbara faces UC Davis and Pacific takes on Long Beach State.


Robinson Paces Long Beach State In Quarterfinal Victory
Long Beach State held off a determined Cal Poly squad, 79-69, to advance to the semi-finals vs. #2 Pacific at 8:30 p.m. Friday night in the Big West Tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The 49ers (16-15) capitalized on an 11-0 run over a seven minute stretch late in the second half to pull away from the stubborn Mustangs (12-19).

No. 3 Long Beach State was led by T.J. Robinson’s game-high of 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Larry Anderson scored 16 points, collected seven rebounds and dished out game-highs of five assists and three steals. The 49ers also received contributions from Stephan Gilling with 13 points and Eugene Phelps with 12.

Jordan Lewis of No. 6 Cal Poly scored a team-high 14 points. Will Taylor scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Mustangs made the same amount of field goals as Long Beach State with 25 apiece. However, the 49ers made 26 free throws from the charity stripe to only 13 for the Mustangs.

Leading 57-55 with 10:17 left in the ball game, Long Beach State made their decisive run behind a Gilling three-pointer from the left wing and five points from Robinson, including a three-point play the old fashioned way that increased the 49er lead to 68-55 with 3:42 remaining.

Cal Poly didn’t score for over six and half minutes until a three-pointer made by Charles Anderson with 3:32 left stopped the bleeding. The 49ers converted seven of eight free throws over the final minute to ice the victory.

The Mustangs scored the opening basket of the game on an 18-ft jumper by Lorenzo Keeler 34 seconds into the game. However, it would be Keeler’s only basket of the first half after scoring 27 points the night before vs. UC Irvine. Keeler finished the game with 11 points, five points below his average.

Long Beach State responded with a 14-0 run to take a commanding 14-2 lead behind four points each from Gilling, Casper Ware and Robinson.

The 49ers continued to push the ball successfully in transition and scoring easy points. They increased their lead to 14 points on several occasions, the first being 29-15 with 9:34 left. A strong power move that resulted in a layup by Phelps gave Long Beach State a 37-23 advantage with 5:44 remaining in the first half.

Cal Poly refused to go away as they scored seven unanswered points, including a steal and layup under the basket by David Hanson that cut the 49er lead to 37-30.

Long Beach State finished the first half strong scoring the game’s final six points and taking a 43-30 lead into intermission. All eight of Long Beach State’s players who played in the first half scored at least two points, led by Robinson’s 10 points.

The 49ers began the second half with a 10-ft jumper by Arturas Lazdauskas that gave them their largest lead of the game, 45-30. Anderson’s layup off a Cal Poly turnover and subsequent free throw to complete a three-point play gave the 49ers a comfortable 53-41 lead with 15:42 left in the second half.

Cal Poly forged right back into the game on a 14-4 run to trim the 49er lead to just two points. Anderson’s deep three-pointer from the left wing cut the deficit to 57-55 with 10:17 remaining. It had been the closest the Mustangs had been since losing the lead two minutes into the game.

The two teams had split their contests during the regular season with each team winning on the other team’s home court.


Aggies Make Second Half Comeback To Reach First Big West Semifinals
In a thrilling game to end the second day of the Big West Tournament, UC Davis stormed back from an eight point halftime deficit to defeat Cal State Fullerton, 68-65, on Thursday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.

No. 4 UC Davis (14-17) advanced to the semifinals vs. No. 1 UC Santa Barbara at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

Joe Harden led UC Davis with game-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Ryan Howley scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half on 6 of 8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds as well. Dominic Calegari added 13 points and six rebounds for the Aggies.
Cal State Fullerton (16-15) was led by Gerard Anderson who scored a team-high 17 points. He also contributed five rebounds and five assists. Jer’Vaughn Johnson scored 15 points and collected six rebounds for the Titans.

A nice give and go pass from the Aggies’ Howley into Calegari back to the cutting Howley for a layup proved to be the winning basket for UC Davis as they took a 66-64 lead with 1:05 left.

The Titans’ Anderson made one of two free throws with 48 seconds left to cut the lead to one. After a missed jumper by Harden on the other end, Anderson had the ball with time winding down. He attacked the basket aggressively and missed a layup as Harden rebounded the shot with 13 seconds remaining.

Because Cal State Fullerton had committed only four fouls in the second half, the Aggies basically ran the clock out while the Titans had to commit three consecutive fouls to force the bonus situation for UC Davis.

With less than a second remaining, the Aggies’ Julian Welch (11 points) made two free throws and the Titans missed a desperation three-pointer from half court as the ball bounced off the backboard and just missed going in.

Both teams came out of the gate slowly. It was a tight contest for the first 12 minutes of the game with UC Davis leading by one, 17-16.

Cal State Fullerton broke out of their slow start behind the sharp shooting of Jacques Streeter who nailed back-to-back three-pointers from the same spot on the floor on consecutive possessions to give the Titans a 24-17 advantage with 5:44 remaining.

A reverse layup by Orane Chin followed by another layup from Aaron Thompson helped the Titans to their largest lead at 10 points, 33-23, at the 1:23 mark. Harden scored on a layup shortly thereafter to cut the Titan deficit to eight points. Cal State Fullerton led 33-25 at the break.

UC Davis opened the second half with four consecutive points to draw within four of the Titans. The Fullerton lead extended to 42-35 when UC Davis finally snapped out of their funk and went on a 10-2 run to take their first lead, 45-44, since leading 17-16. Harden scored seven points in the run.

The Aggies continued to add to their lead as Howley scored eight consecutive points followed by five straight points from Welch as UC Davis took a 58-54 lead with 7:44 left.

Fullerton responded right back with a 9-4 run of its own to take the lead back. Johnson’s layup with 3:50 left gave the Titans a brief 63-62 lead. A Harden basket and an ensuing free throw from the Titan’s Anderson tied the game, 64-64, with 3:28 remaining.

After a slow start, both teams found their shooting rhythm as the game went on. UC Davis finished making 25 of 54 field goals (46%) and Cal State Fullerton shot 26 of 53 (49%). The two teams combined for 76 points scored in the paint.