Live by the run, die by the run.
Long Beach State men’s basketball has thrived on uptempo play this season, but fell victim to another big run in the second half and lost 93-72 at BYU in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday.
The Beach (20-13) had a five-point lead in the first half, but BYU’s 21-0 run late in the game proved to be the difference as the Cougars won going away.
LBSU junior guard Joel Murray finished with a game-high 24 points. Senior Jordan Roberts scored 16 points while senior Colin Slater and freshman Jadon Jones both chipped in 15 points apiece.
This is the 17th 20-win season in LBSU program history and its 18th postseason appearance.