Long Beach St. 74, UC Irvine 60

Casper Ware scored 19 points and T.J. Robinson added 14 points

and 13 rebounds to lead Long Beach State to a 74-60 victory against

UC Irvine on Monday night.

Larry Anderson had 13 points and Mike Caffey 10 for the 49ers

(8-6, 1-0 Big West).

Derick Flowers scored 16 points, Daman Starring 13 and Chris

McNealy 12 for the Anteaters (4-10, 1-1).

Long Beach State shot 56.3 percent (18 for 32) from the floor in

the second half to pull away in a game that UC Irvine led 32-31 at

halftime.

A 22-8 stretch over an eight-minute stretch of the second half

gave the 49ers control. Ware scored nine points during the surge,

which culminated with a Robinson jumper that gave Long Beach State

a 68-50 lead with 5:30 remaining.

The 49ers, the defending Big West regular-season champion, are

battle tested for league play following a non-conference slate that

included No. 3 North Carolina, No. 11 Louisville, No. 14 Kansas,

No. 23 Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Xavier and Auburn.