Feb. 26, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Casper Ware scored 26 points and T.J. Robinson added 19 points and 19 rebounds to pace Long Beach State past visiting UC Santa Barbara Saturday, 71-53. The loss was the third in a row for the Gauchos.
Ware scored 17 of his points in the first half, but the 49ers (19-10,13-2) were on top of UCSB (14-13, 7-8) by just three at the break, 32-29.
Greg Plater hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second half and spark an 8-0 run that pushed the Long Beach lead to double-figures for the first time, 40-29. But the Gauchos hung around and a basket by Kyle Boswell and then a fastbreak lay-up by Justin Joyner brought them within two, 51-49, with 7:20 left.
The 49ers responded with a 20-0 run to put the game away. A follow by Robinson started the run and his follow ended it, giving Long Beach a 71-49 lead with 1:20 remaining.
"The momentum shifted so quickly and it just snowballed," said Gaucho head coach Bob Williams. "They're a good team and when they got it rolling there at the end we just didn't have an answer."
The Gauchos were held to 22-of-61 from the floor, 36.1%, and 4-of-16 from three-point range, 25.0%. They were also outrebounded by the 49ers, 49-29.
UCSB returns home on Saturday, Mar. 5 to host Cal Poly in a game that will tip-off at 7:20 p.m. and will be televised on the South and Central Coast by CBS 12 KCOY. That game will also be preceded by a salute to the team's three seniors: Justin Joyner, Jordan Weiner and Jon Pastorek.
To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online and print at home by clicking here.