The Beach’s defensive prowess stops Fullerton from making a fourth-quarter comeback.
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.
The Beach dominated Westcliff from start to finish in a game that featured players who usually don’t see time on the court.
Alfredo Ruiz tossed his second consecutive quality start for Long Beach while the offense supported him with four runs.
UCI shot 13-26 from the three-point line to lift itself over Long Beach State on Thursday.
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.
The Beach has already won more Big West Conference games through February than they did all of last season, showing major signs of growth for the young squad.
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.