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.