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Long Beach State Vs. UC Riverside: Casper Ware Leads 49ers To 77-70 Overtime Win

It wasn't easy, but the Long Beach State 49ers extended their regular Big West Conference winning streak. Casper Ware scored 11 of his 18 points in overtime, leading the 49ers to a 77-70 overtime win over the UC Riverside Highlanders Thursday night at the Student Recreation Center in Riverside.

The win for Long Beach State (15-6, 8-0) was its 16th straight in the regular season in Big West play, dating back to last season. The last regular season conference loss for Long Beach State came over a year ago, an 86-76 loss at UC Irvine on January 22, 2011.

UC Riverside (10-10, 4-3) led 53-45 with 8:18 remaining, but the 49ers went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to tie the score. Long Beach State held a one-point lead with 2.1 seconds remaining when Highlanders guard David Chavarria was fouled with a chance to give UC Riverside the lead. However, Chavarria missed the second free throw after making the first, sending the game into overtime.

Phil Martin had a wonderful game for Riverside, scoring 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting, including four of seven from three-point range.

James Ennis scored 16 points for Long Beach State, including four three-pointers. T.J. Robinson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 49ers, who host Cal State Fullerton Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid.