Long Beach State rallies, beats Xavier 73-70
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Caffey scored 24 points, Tyler Lamb added 16, and Long Beach State rallied to beat Xavier 73-70 on Sunday to place third in the Wooden Legacy tournament.
Temidayo Yussuf scored 15, Branford Jones 13 and the 49ers (4-4) shot 10 of 22 from distance, but were outrebounded 44-39.
Matt Stainbrook scored 19 and grabbed 12 rebounds for Xavier (5-2), which lost to UTEP 77-73 on Friday in the semifinals. James Farr had 11 rebounds.
The Musketeers led 22-14, but the 49ers scored eight straight to pull within two, 26-24, with 25 seconds to play. Trevon Bluiett’s bucket gave Xavier a 28-25 halftime lead.
The 49ers rallied to a 43-39 second-half lead on a 3-pointer by Caffey, but Xavier stayed close and the lead changed hands for the fifth time, 58-44, after Caffey hit a jumper at 6:27. The Musketeers pulled within three, 73-70, on a layup by Stainbrook with 7 seconds to play.