This was the final stop for the 2-game road trip for UC Santa Barbara. As I had posted in my last blog, UCSB had fallen to CSUN in a close game just 2 days before. They traveled down to the Long Beach Pyramid to take on the Big West Conference Regular Season Champs – Long Beach State. This is one of the greatest if not THE greatest rivalry this season. Last year these two teams played each other for the Big West Championship title and in a very close and exciting game, LBSU lost to UCSB by just a few points. Despite the standings for each teams this season, both teams were ready to come out at their fullest potential to prove a point. This was also Senior Night for Long Beach, so the Pyramid was packed solid – a sold out crowd. All the fans in attendance were wearing white. The game started off with UCSB in the lead, and both teams were going back and forth. It was exciting and close. LBSU mainted a small but consistant lead over UCSB. As it got closer to the half, UCSB attempted a last second shot for the tie, but missed – giving LBSU a 32-29 lead over the Gauchos. The second half would prove to be a solid and steady lead for the 49ers. Casper Ware had a stand out performance with his unmatched 3 point shots. The final score for the game was LBSU 71 UCSB 53. The Gauchos on their senior night will play the Poly Mustangs, while LBSU will travel for the next game down to UC Riverside. Next week is the Big West Tournament at Honda Center!! Everyone go buy your tickets now!! I will be there all 3 days filming and posting updates! I hope to see you all there.
Below are the Short and Extended highlights.