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Long Beach St. 77, Cal Poly 70

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Kejuan Johnson scored a career-high 26 points and Long Beach State won for the ninth straight time as the 49'ers defeated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 77-70 Saturday.

Johnson made nine of 18 shots, including five 3-pointers, as Long Beach State (Big West Conference) improved to 11-4 and 2-0 in conference.

With the score tied, 64-64, with 5:44 remaining in the game, the 49'ers outscored the Mustangs 13-6 to improve to 6-0 at home this season.

Kevin Houston scored 12 of his 14 points in the second-half, including nine in the final six minutes of the game. Aaron Nixon added 12 points and Dominique Ricks had 10 rebounds for the 49'ers.

Tyler McGinn led the Mustangs (6-8, 1-3) with 22 points on seven of 10 shooting, including five 3-pointers.

Derek Stockalper scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds for Cal Poly who have lost six of seven on the road this season.

The Mustangs, who are last in the conference in free throw shooting percentage, made only seven of 19 free throws in the game.

The 49'ers have beaten the Mustangs four straight times and improved to 20-4 at home since February 2005. Cal Poly (6-8, 1-3) have lost six of their last eight games.

Johnson's 13 points sparked the 49'ers to a 39-35 halftime lead. McGinn made four 3-pointers and led the Mustangs with 14 points as the Cal Poly shot 48.1 percent (13-27) in the opening half.

Long Beach State out-rebounded the Mustangs 44-39 in the game.