Long Beach State knocks off Big West-leader UC Irvine 63-56
Chance Hunter added 11 points for the 49ers (7-14, 2-3), who shot 46.2% (24 of 52) from the floor.
Evan Leonard scored 14 points to lead UC Irvine (11-9, 3-1). Tommy Rutherford and John Edgar Jr. added 10 points apiece. Collin Welp, who led the Anteaters in scoring entering the matchup with 14 points per game, was held to two points (1 of 10).
The 49ers took the lead for good, 25-23, on a pair of Max De Geest free throws just before halftime, and opened the second half on a 10-0 run. UC Irvine pulled to 46-44 with 8:22 left but didn’t get closer.
UC Irvine hosts Cal Poly on Saturday. Long Beach State plays at UC Riverside on Jan. 30.