Although the Beach’s unconventional end to the season was not on their own terms, the program remains motivated to make a strong return.
As the lowest-seeded team in the bracket, the Beach will look to pull off a historic upset Thursday to keep its season alive.
Down by one with 2:56 left, the Beach fell behind on a 8-3 Titan run as the final regular-season buzzer sounded.
Storming back from as much an 18-point deficit to the Mustangs, the Beach rode an 18-point second half outburst by lone senior Jordan Griffin into overtime in front of an excited crowd.
With 1.1 seconds left and the game tied, a shooting foul awarded to Aggies junior forward Kennedy Koehler sealed the Beach’s fate for its ninth loss in the Big West.
The Matadors scored 42 points down the stretch to drop the Beach to 0-16 when allowing more than 70 points.
Denying a second half 16-point Rainbow Warrior comeback, the Beach sealed its third win in its last four games.
Injuries to Chance Hunter and Romelle Mansel combined with UC Irvine’s 44-point second half were too much for Long Beach State to overcome.
Riding back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team will look to string three wins in a row Wednesday at the Bren Events Center.
In a critical game in the Big West standings, sophomore guard Michael Carter III nailed the final shot to lift the Beach with two seconds left.