LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Casper Ware scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Long Beach State beat UC Santa Barbara 76-64 Friday.
Long Beach State (6-7, 1-0 Big West) held multiple double-digit leads in the second half, but the Gauchos cut the lead to 68-61 on a 3-pointer by James Powell with 1:29 remaining. The 49ers sealed the win by making 8-of-10 free throws the rest of the way.
Chris Devine led Santa Barbara (6-7, 0-1) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Powell scored 10 points.
Santa Barbara led in the first half before the 49ers finished on a 17-3 run over the final 8:30 for a 36-29 halftime lead.
Long Beach State shot 56 percent in the first half.