Long Beach St. 76, UC Riverside 74

Stefan Gilling and Greg Plater combined for nine 3-pointers as

Long Beach State edged UC Riverside 76-74 on Friday night.

Gilling’s 18 points included four 3-pointers and Plater made

five among his 17 points for the 49ers (15-15, 8-8 Big West), who

converted 10 of 20 3-point attempts and locked up the fourth seed

in the conference tournament. T.J. Robinson added 14 points and

Casper Ware 11.

Larry Gurganious hit 9 of 10 shots and scored a game-high 22

points to lead the Highlanders (12-17, 5-11). Rudy Meo contributed

12, and Bryson Hampton and Lateef McMullan had 10 apiece.

Hampton’s layup with 3:56 left tied the game 66-66.

But Larry Anderson sank two free throws for Long Beach State,

then hit a layup on the next possession to put the 49ers ahead to

stay 70-66. The Highlanders got within one point twice more but

never took the lead.