AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card After stunning UC Santa Barbara (81-78) and then shocking Pacific (83-71) in two of their first three conference games for their first wins of the seasons, the Highlanders have dropped their past three contests. But they have one of the conference’s better (and most improved) players in 6-foot-3, fifth-year senior guard Ricky Porter, a Mater Dei High graduate who lit up UOP for 40 points and is averaging 15.9 points and 3.4 assists per game. “They’ve slowed down their offense a little bit and have played everyone tough over the past six or seven games,” Reynolds said of the Highlanders. “They won at Pacific so, obviously, they are very capable of beating us.” UCR was without its first-year head coach, David Spencer (a former Long Beach State assistant under Seth Greenberg), Thursday night while he recovered at home from a “severe” inner-ear infection, school spokesperson Ross French said Friday. Assistant coach Vonn Webb ran the team in Spencer’s absence Thursday night “but I just talked to Coach Spencer (by telephone) and he said he has every intention of being at the game (tonight),” French said. “But we need to get over it and get onto our next game.” That will take the 49ers (3-2 in conference and 8-8 overall) into Riverside, where they will face the UC Riverside Highlanders (2-4 and 2-14) in a 5 o’clock Big West game tonight that will be televised live by Fox Sports West 2. Less than 17 hours after his team had collected its most significant and just as certainly, its most nerve-wracking victory of the season, Long Beach State men’s basketball coach Larry Reynolds was preparing his team for a Friday afternoon practice. “I’m sure a lot of the guys (players) haven’t come down (emotionally) yet, because there were so many people excited about that win,” he said, referring to the 49ers’ 97-96 Big West Conference overtime victory over the host Cal State Fullerton Titans Thursday night. The 49ers, in second place all by themselves behind 5-0 UC Irvine, needed a 3-point shot from the right corner by Jibril Hodges with 2.3 seconds to play (set up by an offensive rebound and pass by Kejuan Johnson) to send Thursday night’s game into overtime. They then came from five points behind in OT to go up on Shawn Hawkins’ banked-in 3-pointer from the right wing with 1.9 seconds remaining, then overcame the embarrassment (and potential disaster) from calling a timeout they didn’t possess and withstood Jamaal Brown’s 40-footer at the buzzer to beat the Titans. “It was an exciting a game as I’ve been involved with in a long time,” Reynolds said Friday, an hour before practice, allowing himself a few more moments to savor the gratification of the victory the night before. He paused and laughed. “But,” he said, “I’m sure it was a lot easier game to watch (with no rooting interest) than coach in.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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