Long Beach State defeats UC Santa Barbara 71-53

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)—Casper Ware scored 26 points and T.J. Robinson had 19 points and 19 rebounds to lead Long Beach State to a 71-53 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Ware made 4 of 9 3-pointers and 12 of 14 free throws and Larry Anderson scored 11 points for the 49ers (19-10, 13-2), who won their season-high eighth straight as they played their first game since clinching the Big West Conference regular-season championship.

Orlando Johnson scored 18 points for the Gauchos (14-13, 7-8), who lost their third in a row.

Long Beach State outrebounded UC Santa Barbara 49-29 and made 21 of 28 free throws to just 5 of 8 for the Gauchos.

Two pairs of free throws by Ware bracketed a basket by Brandon Nevens as the 49ers turned a 24-24 tie into a 30-24 edge with 1:17 left in the first half. They led 32-29 at halftime.

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 Top Performers
Orlando Johnson Orlando Johnson
7-18,  18 Pts
2 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Long Beach St.
T.J. Robinson T.J. Robinson
8-13,  19 Pts
19 Rebs, 1 Assists

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