Long Beach St. 79, UC Irvine 72

Casper Ware scored 23 points and Larry Anderson 18 as Long Beach

State defeated UC Irvine 79-72 in the quarterfinals of the Big West

tournament Thursday.

Ware gave the 49ers (21-10) the lead for good at 65-63 on a

3-pointer with 3:10 remaining, and Anderson scored the final five

points of the game.

The eighth-seeded Anteaters (13-19) closed to 74-72 when Eric

Wise scored, but Anderson responded with a three-point play.

Anderson scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. Ware,

the conference player of the year, briefly left the game with an

apparent leg cramp with 2:48 to go but returned.

Wise led UC Irvine with 23 points, including 19 in the second

half. Patrick Rembert added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Long Beach State took a 30-29 lead into halftime despite missing

10 of its first 11 shots.