The Long Beach State men’s basketball team avenged its only Big West Conference loss this season after holding off Cal Poly 50-48 on Saturday at Long Beach.
With the Mustangs trailing 48-46, Jamal Johnson, a 78 percent free-throw shooter, missed two free throws with 9.6 seconds remaining. Cal Poly shot 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from the free-throw line for the game.
Kyle Odister came off the bench for Cal Poly (9-11, 5-5) and scored a team-high 11 points in 17 minutes on 5-for-7 shooting from the field. Reese Morgan had nine points and six rebounds. The Mustangs shot 31.5 percent from the floor for the game. Leading scorer Chris Eversley struggled through a 1-for-14 shooting performance from the floor.
James Ennis had a game-high 23 points for the 49ers (13-8, 9-1). James Freeland had nine points for Long Beach State, who has now won 23 straight home conference games, dating back to February 2010.