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Patterson’s Free Throws Give Long Beach a 72-70 Victory

From Times Wire Services

Junior reserve guard Darrell Patterson hit two free throws with two seconds left to give Cal State Long Beach a 72-70 come-from-behind win over New Mexico State in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. basketball game Saturday night at Las Cruces, N.M.

Long Beach, the last-place team in the PCAA, battled back from a 12-point second-half deficit to score only its second conference win of the year. The 49ers are 2-14 and 4-21 overall.

New Mexico State, which has lost 11 of its last 12 games, dropped to 4-12 in the PCAA and 7-18 overall.

Freshman forward Darryl Adams scored 23 points, including six during a 10-0 run by the 49ers that enabled Long Beach to wipe out a 52-40 New Mexico State lead midway through the second half.

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The losers were led by junior guard Gilbert Wilburn with 21 points and senior center Andre Patterson with 17 points.

Nevada Las Vegas 81, UC Santa Barbara 71--Sophomore guard Fred Banks scored 18 points to lead the Rebels (22-3, 15-1) at Las Vegas. The Gauchos (11-13, 7-8) tied the game at 31 with three minutes left in the half, but the Rebels went on a 10-2 streak to lead, 41-33, at halftime.

UCSB’s Scott Fisher led all scorers with 28 points. Frank James and Anthony Jones each scored 15 for the Rebels.

San Jose State 83, Utah State 76--Freshman forward Reggie Owens’ dunk and free throw with 4:24 left in the second overtime at San Jose gave the Spartans a 73-70 lead and sent them on to victory. The Spartans (13-12, 8-8) got 17 points from Matt Fleming and 15 from Owens. Jeff J. Anderson scored 25 for the Aggies (15-10, 8-8).

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