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Men’s basketball dismantled by 49ers

Lines filling the sidewalks and the streets, a patch of orange amidst an array of black and yellow in the crowd, fans standing to their feet chanting and the song “Black and Yellow” booming throughout Walter Pyramid showed that the Long Beach State 49ers were coming back with a vengeance after losing to the Titans Jan. 19.
On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Cal State Fullerton men’s basketball team traveled to Long Beach for a second-round Big West Conference match-up against the 49ers, but the 21 points from junior guard Casper Ware, 19 of which came in the second half and an additional 20 for junior guard Larry Anderson, were too much for the Titans to bear. The final score of the night was LBSU 75, CSUF 60. With redshirt senior center Jer’Vaughn Johnson making the first basket of the night, the Titans took an early lead over the 49ers. When senior guard Devon Peltier led a fast break and stole the ball for CSUF’s possession, a triple helped increase the lead 5-0 over the 49ers in the first half.
As the momentum continued, despite a hard defensive block by Anderson, redshirt junior forward Orane Chin extended the lead with a bucket of his own to put the Titans up 10-0. As the 49ers finally scored their first basket of the night, the leading deficit for CSUF started to diminish. After a few baskets from junior forward Eugene Phelps, the 49ers took the lead and never looked back.
Trailing behind after another jumper from Ware, CSUF headed into halftime trailing 33-25. When the ball was stolen from CSUF’s possession, Titan junior guard Perry Webster tried to block the shot but was knocked to the ground and the basket was good. The second half left the Titans battling to hold off the 49er defensive field.
After making six straight baskets, the Titans went from 31 points up to 46, decreasing the lead for the 49ers to just seven points. With another shot for Phelps and a triple from Ware, LBSU reached 66 points. For the Titans, Johnson was the leading scorer with 17 points and seven rebounds, followed by freshman guard Isiah Umipig, who notched 12 points, and junior forward Andre Hardy with seven points and nine rebounds.
With the third largest crowd in Walter Pyramid of 5,040 in attendance, the 49ers were able to feed off the energy and take control of the game late in the first half. As the Titans trailed behind, they fought to the end. With 2.4 seconds left in the game, Umipig made the last basket to put the Titans at 60 points. The Titans play their next game at Titan Gym as they face UC Irvine on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

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