Scores

Final

UC Irvine 57

(12-20, 6-10 Big West)

Long Beach St 68

(24-8, 15-1 Big West)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    9:30 PM ET, March 9, 2012

    Honda Center, Anaheim, California

    1 2 T
    UCI 28 2957
    LBSU 27 4168

    Top Performers

    UC Irvine: M. Wilder 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

    Long Beach St: C. Ware 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Long Beach St. 68, UC Irvine 57

    Associated Press

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Casper Ware scored 22 points and top-seeded Long Beach State pulled away in the second half Friday, beating UC Irvine 68-57 to reach the Big West Conference tournament championship game.

    On Saturday, the 49ers (24-8) will play No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara, which beat fourth-seeded Cal Poly 64-52 later Friday.

    James Ennis added 13 points and T.J. Robinson had 11 for Long Beach State. Ennis and Robinson pulled down 10 rebounds apiece.

    Daman Starring and Michael Wilder had 15 points each for the seventh-seeded Anteaters (12-20), who knocked off No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals Thursday.

    After a tight first half, the 49ers trailed 28-27 at halftime and 43-39 after an Adam Folker layup with 13:54 to play. LBSU responded with a 14-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Ennis and two by Mike Caffey, to lead 53-43 with 8:57 left and take control of the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UCI
    LBSU
    Points 57 68
    FG Made-Attempted 21-47 (.447) 22-54 (.407)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 8-21 (.381)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-8 (.625) 16-19 (.842)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    2011-12 Season

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