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Faulkner, Jones Lead CS Long Beach to Victory Over Drexel in Tournament

Associated Press

Darrell Faulkner and Brian Jones each scored 18 points as Cal State Long Beach rallied to defeat Drexel, 92-84, in the Josten’s basketball tournament Friday night.

Long Beach (2-3) will meet La Salle for the championship tonight. The Explorers (4-1) beat Pennsylvania, 77-61, in the second game. The Quakers (2-2) will play Drexel (0-4) for third place.

Drexel wasted a 33-point contribution by John Rankin, who fouled out with 2:24 left.

Long Beach trailed, 79-76, when Drexel’s Todd Lehmann hit a jumper with 3:35 left. Rudy Harvey’s layup started a 10-point run for the 49ers, and they took an 86-79 advantage on 2 free throws by Faulkner with 30 seconds remaining.

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Long Beach led at halftime, 49-41, and was up by 11 with 13 minutes to go. But Drexel went on a 16-5 spurt, and a jumper by Clarence Armstrong tied it, 72-72, with 8:47 left.

Marco Fleming had 15 points, Rolf Jacobs 14, John Hatten 12 and Harvey 11 for Long Beach, which had only 9 players and used 8.

Lionel Simmons scored 32 points and had 9 rebounds to help La Salle reach the championship game.

La Salle led, 24-8, midway through the first half, and held a 39-28 advantage at halftime.

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Penn started the second half with a 19-9 spurt and closed to 48-47 on a 3-point play by Jerry Simon with 11:09 left in the game.

La Salle, leading 54-51 with 7:55 remaining, scored 7 consecutive points, including 5 from reserve forward Bobby Johnson. Penn never came within 10 after that.

Jack Hurd had 18 points for LaSalle.


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