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.
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).