No. 21 UCLA es­capes with 9180 win over Long Beach State

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By BETH HAR­RIS

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 dou­ble­dou­ble for the Bru­ins (20). 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 81-64. 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 AP PHOTO BY 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. BIG PIC­TURE

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.

DANNY MOLOSHOK

UCLA guard Jaylen Hands, right, drives around Long Beach State guard Deishuan Booker, left, dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game Fri­day, Nov. 9, in Los An­ge­les.

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