Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo knows how to play a frustrating brand of basketball.
The defensive-minded Mustangs bleed the clock out running half-court sets, aggressively box up the ball handlers and frustrate even the sharpest of shooters just ask UCLA.
But Long Beach State played through the frustration and grinded out a 50-48 win Saturday afternoon, effectively avenging its loss to the Mustangs earlier this season.
The sole blemish on an otherwise perfect Big West record, the 49ers fell to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in their second conference game in early January. It was a loss that the 49ers felt never should have occurred.
Coming in, we were talking about how we take it personal, said Long Beach point guard Mike Caffey. We shouldnt have lost that game in our eyes so we wanted to feel good about our confidence.
The manner in which Long Beach (13-8, 9-1) won overcoming a slow start and getting key defensive stops in the final minute was the morale-booster the 49ers were loo...