Long Beach State edges UC Irvine 75-74

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)—Stephan Gilling made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Long Beach State over UC Irvine 75-74 Thursday.

Gilling added two free throws with 29 seconds remaining that iced the game for the 49ers (14-12, 9-4 Big West Conference). The win moves Long Beach State into a tie with Cal State Northridge for first place in conference.

Trailing by 11 with less than two minutes to play, the Anteaters (10-18, 6-8) went on a 9-0 run to cut the 49ers’ lead to 73-71 with 1:08 left, but Irvine did not score again until Patrick Rembert hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.

TJ Robinson scored 14 points and Larry Anderson and Casper Ware each had 12 points for Long Beach State.

Eric Wise scored 17 points and Michael Hunter had 16 points for Irvine, who shot 56 percent.

The Anteaters made seven 3-pointers in the first half and led 36-35 at the break.

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