LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jordan Griffin scored 18 points, all in the second half, Joshua Morgan threw down an alley-oop dunk that gave Long Beach State the lead for good deep in overtime and the 49ers held on to defeat Cal Poly 80-73 Thursday night.
Long Beach (11-20, 6-9 Big West Conference) trailed by 18 early, was behind 38-24 at the half before rallying. Beach outscored Cal Poly (7-22, 4-11) 40-26 in the second half, eventually building a 12-point lead with nine minutes to play.
Cal Poly's Junior Ballard send the game to overtime with a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation, 64-64. The loss eliminates the Mustangs from the upcoming conference tournament.
Long Beach State, which defeated Big West leader UC Irvine in January, closes the season Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. Cal Poly is at UC Santa Barbara Saturday.
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