Feb 1, 2003
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Tony Darden made two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to give Long Beach State a 68-67 victory over UC Santa Barbara Saturday night.
The Gauchos (9-10, 6-3 Big West Conference) erased a 65-58 deficit with 1:03 remaining to take a 67-66 lead on Branduinn Fullove's layup with 6.6 seconds left.
Fullove missed a free throw and a chance for a three-point play following his basket.
The 49ers (3-15, 2-7) quickly got the ball down court, and Darden was fouled as he attempted to shoot.
After Darden converted both free throws, Fullove was unable to control a pass under the Gauchos basket as time ran out.
Long Beach State snapped a four-game losing streak and defeated UC Santa Barbara for the eighth time in nine games at Long Beach.
Freshman Jibril Hodges led the 49ers with a career-high 19 points, including 5-of-11 from three-point range.
Kevin Roberts scored 13 points and Vance Lawhorn added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the 49ers.
Fullove, who had been 27-of-28 from the foul line over the past four games, missed two critical free throws in the final 18 seconds. He finished with 20 points.