Oklahoma St. shoots past Long Beach St. for 2nd time, 79-73
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Leyton Hammonds scored 20 points off the bench and hot-shooting Oklahoma State earned its second win over Long Beach State in five days, 79-73 Friday night.
The Cowboys shot 53 percent from the field and Hammonds got Oklahoma State off to a fast start by knocking down his first four shots, including his first three 3 - pointers, and had 17 points at halftime.
Jeff Newberry added 13 and Jeffrey Carroll 11 for the Cowboys.
Nick Faust scored 15 and A.J. Spencer added 16 for Long Beach State.
The two teams met five days ago in the third-place game of the Gildan Charleston Classic, where the Cowboys won 82-77.
Long Beach State took a fast seven-point lead, but the Cowboys shot their way back and held a seven-point lead of their own at halftime.
The 49ers got within two points of Oklahoma State on multiple occasions, but could not overcome the shooting of the Cowboys.
Long Beach State: Faust had led the team in scoring the last three games before Spencer outscored him by a point. Faust has also scored double figures in every game this season.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys' 20 assists is the most the team has had this season. This is this first time since the 1996-97 season that the Cowboys face the same opponent in back-to-back games. This is the first game that senior transfer Chris Olivier did not reach double figures in a Cowboy uniform.
Long Beach State hosts San Diego State on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State hosts Tulsa on Wednesday.