LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Temidayo Yussuf scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting, Roschon Prince had his third-consecutive double-double and Long Beach State held on for an 81-76 win over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night.
Prince hit 4 of 4 free throws and Blackwell made a 3-pointer during a 9-2 run that gave Long Beach State its biggest lead, 47-34, with 28 seconds left in the half and led by 12 with 18 minutes to play. The Gauchos slowly chipped away before Eric Childress scored 11 points during a 17-8 spurt that gave UCSB (3-13, 1-3) a one-point lead with 3:19 left.
Payne answered with a 3 and, after a jumper by Alex Hart made it 74-all with 2:29 remaining, the Gauchos missed five of their last six shots and the 49ers hit 5 of 6 free throws to seal it.
Childress finished with 17 points, Hart had 14 with 10 rebounds and Gabe Vincent scored 16 for UCSB, which has lost three in a row to LBSU and four of its last five overall.