No. 21 UCLA es­capes with 91-80 win over Long Beach State

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY BETH HAR­RIS AP Sports Writer BIG PIC­TURE

LOS AN­GE­LES — Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 re­bounds, and No. 21 UCLA pulled away in the sec­ond half to beat Long Beach State 91-80 on Fri­day night.

It was the fresh­man’s sec­ond straight dou­ble-dou­ble for the Bru­ins (2-0). Kris Wilkes added 17 points.

The 49ers led 59-58 on Deishaun Booker’s ca­reer-best fifth 3-pointer, but the Bru­ins took over and ap­peared on their way to putting the game out of reach.

They outscored Long Beach State 23-5 to lead 8164. David Sin­gle­ton came off the bench to hit two 3s as part of his 10 points dur­ing the spurt.

But the 49ers weren’t done.

They scored 12 unan­swered points, get­ting four straight free throws by KJ By­ers and con­sec­u­tive 3-point­ers by Bryan Al­berts, to pull to 81-76 as UCLA fans groaned.

But then Brown dunked and Chris Smith made a pair of free throws as the Bru­ins kept con­trol over the fi­nal 2:21.

Booker fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 31 points for Long Beach State in its sea­son opener. He made all eight of his free throws.

Af­ter twice trail­ing by seven, the Bru­ins ral­lied over the fi­nal 5:44 of the first half, outscor­ing Long Beach State 23-11 to lead 45-41 at half­time.

Jaylen Hands had two 3-point­ers in the spurt, the last one com­ing at the buzzer to give UCLA its largest lead of the half.

Temi­dayo Yus­suf and Breyon Jack­son each com­mit­ted fla­grant-1 fouls on Brown, who made 3 of 4 free throws over the fi­nal four min­utes.

By­ers had a fla­grant foul late in the game. The 49ers led most of the first half. They shot 48 per­cent from the floor and con­trolled the boards 22-14.

Long Beach State: The 49ers have just two home games this month and a tough road sched­ule. Af­ter UCLA, they play at Ari­zona State, at No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State, host Ore­gon State and visit South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Last sea­son, they beat Ore­gon State on a neu­tral court and beat Stan­ford at home.

The 49ers have six se­niors, but four of them have trans­ferred in from the ju­nior col­lege ranks.

UCLA: Af­ter win­ning their opener by 25 points over Fort Wayne in a game they led all the way, the Bru­ins strug­gled with their shoot­ing, re­bound­ing and 3-point de­fense.

They have two lesser op­po­nents to im­prove against be­fore fac­ing No. 10 Michi­gan State on Nov. 22.

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