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Southland basketball: Khalil Ahmad, Austen Awosika lead CSU Fullerton past Long Beach State; UC Davis beats CSU Northridge

Khalil Ahmad scored 19 points, Austen Awosika added 17 with a game-ending steal and Cal State Fullerton held off a late charge to defeat Long Beach State 85-82 Wednesday night.

Jackson Rowe scored 15 with 11 rebounds for CSU Fullerton (11-13, 7-3 Big West Conference), which led by as many as 12 in the second half before Long Beach rallied.

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Long Beach State's Edon Maxhuni dribbled the length of the court and curled down the baseline, whipping a pass to Bryan Alberts for a 3-pointer that cut the gap to 83-80 with 22 seconds left. Deishaun Booker scored underneath making it 84-82 with 12 seconds to go.

The 49ers (9-17, 3-17) used a full-court press and double team to force a turnover with 8.1 seconds on the clock, but gave the ball right back with a traveling call.

Ahmad made 1 of 2 free throws at the other end and Awosika picked off Long Beach State to end the game.

Booker scored 22 — all in the second half — to lead Long Beach. Mason Riggins and Temidayo Yussuf scored 17 each. The 49ers have lost six of their last seven.

at UC Davis 76, CSU Northridge 59: Joe Mooney scored 21 points as UC Davis cruised to a 76-59 victory over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night for its fourth straight win.

UC Davis (9-14, 5-4 Big West Conference) has beaten CSUN (10-15, 4-5) in 11 consecutive games.

Mooney was 8-of-11 shooting and he collected his second career 20-point game. His last bucket was a baseline reverse layup with about four minutes left.

Stefan Gonzalez added a career-high 15 points and matched a career-best with eight rebounds. Mooney and Gonzalez each made five of the Aggies' 12 3-pointers. TJ Shorts chipped in eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Terrell Gomez made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Matadors. Lamine Diane added 20 points. The pair combined to make 15 of CSUN's 21 field goals. The Aggies had an eight-point halftime lead, opened the second half on a 16-6 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

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