Ware boosts Long Beach State past UC Santa Barbara

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)—Casper Ware scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Long Beach State beat UC Santa Barbara 76-64 Friday.

Long Beach State (6-7, 1-0 Big West) held multiple double-digit leads in the second half, but the Gauchos cut the lead to 68-61 on a 3-pointer by James Powell with 1:29 remaining. The 49ers sealed the win by making 8-of-10 free throws the rest of the way.

Donovan Morris scored 16 points for Long Beach State, and Brian Freeman added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Chris Devine led Santa Barbara (6-7, 0-1) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Powell scored 10 points.

Santa Barbara led in the first half before the 49ers finished on a 17-3 run over the final 8:30 for a 36-29 halftime lead.

Long Beach State shot 56 percent in the first half.

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8 Rebs, 1 Assists
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7-13,  21 Pts
2 Rebs, 3 Assists

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