No. 21 UCLA escapes with 91-80 win over Long Beach State
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 81-64. David Singleton came off the bench to hit two 3s as part of his 10 points during the spurt.
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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.
Long Beach State: Hosts Menlo on Saturday in a game that begins less than 24 hours after its tipoff against the Bruins.
UCLA: The Bruins have a week off before hosting Saint Francis University on Nov. 16.
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