Nixon helps 49ers to conference title

first_imgAaron Nixon scored 32 points to help the Long Beach State men’s basketball team hold on for an 82-76 Big West Conference victory over the University of Pacific Tigers on Monday night in the Spanos Center on the UOP campus. The win gave the 49ers 20-7 overall and 10-2 conference records and clinched their first outright Big West regular-season title since 1996 in the process. The Tigers (5-7 and 11-16), who lost to Long Beach at home for the first time since 2002, cut their deficit to 72-70 on a pull-up jumper by Reggie Vezia with 2:14 to go. But Nixon, fouled on a drive, sank two free throws to pad the lead to four points with 1:57 left. And after Anthony Esparza missed two free throws for UOP, Byrd (15 points and 10 rebounds) answered with a 3-pointer from the left corner, with 1:18 to go, after a penetration and pass by Kevin Houston. Frank Burlison reported from Long Beach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Coach Larry Reynolds’ team is back in action when it plays its final home game of the season Thursday night in the Walter Pyramid against the UC Irvine Anteaters. The 49ers, winning their fourth consecutive conference road game, led by seven points at halftime and stretched their advantage to 13 (at 54-41) with 14:12 remaining after an 8-0 spurt of two Nixon 3-pointers and a fast-break dunk by Sterling Byrd forced UOP Coach Bob Thomason to call a timeout. last_img

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