Big West: Dec. 2

(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

By Dan Gudino

It’s as if Long Beach State cannot catch a break. State has lost six of the last eight games. Junior guard Jeff Raines tipped in a Jeremy Major miss with 3 seconds left to give Pepperdine a 77-75 win over Long Beach State Dec. 9.

Big senior forward Stacy Davis gave Pepperdine a four-point lead, 75-71 with 45 seconds left by draining the first of two free throws. But Nick Faust answered for the 49ers by getting to the basket for a layup and then a dunk then scored with 19 seconds left to tie.

Sophomore guard Justin Bibbins missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer that would have given Long Beach State the win.

Junior guard Lamond Murray Jr. scored 18 points and Raines added 16 as Pepperdine (5-4) won its third straight game to go over .500 for the first time this season. The Waves shot 31 of 60 from the field (51.7 percent), including 9 of 20 from distance.

Faust led the 49ers (5-6) with 14 points.


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