STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Aaron Nixon had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Long Beach State to a 82-76 victory over Pacific on Monday night, giving the 49ers their first outright Big West Conference championship since 1996.
Sterling Byrd had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kejuan Johnson scored 11 points for Long Beach State (20-7, 10-2 Big West), which officially ended Pacific's three-year reign as Big West regular-season champion while beating the Tigers in Stockton for the first time since 2002.
Michael White had his first career double-double with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead Pacific (11-16, 5-7), which also got 12 points from Reggia Vezia in the ESPN Big Monday game.
Long Beach led by 13 points early in the second half, but Pacific went on a late 10-2 run to rally back within 72-70 with two minutes to play before the 49ers closed out the victory.
Long Beach swept Pacific for the first time in five years and recorded its first 20-win season since 2000.
The game was tied for the sixth time at 17 midway through the first half before Long Beach State began to pull away behind Nixon, who had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the 49ers stretched their lead to seven points five times before the break.
Nixon took an inbounds pass in the left corner with one second remaining, then banked in a 25-foot 3-pointer that beat the buzzer and gave Long Beach State a 39-32 halftime advantage.
With Nixon scoring at will, including back-to-back 3-pointers, Long Beach bolted to a 54-41 lead six minutes into the second half before Pacific's comeback made it close at the finish.