The 49ers, champions of the Big West, put together a strong first 20 minutes, staying within striking distance to head into the half down 33-29. Long Beach St. had closed the gap to just two, but a Cameron Bairstow bucket right before the buzzer allowed the Lobos to widen their lead to four headed into the break.
Demetrius Walker led the Lobos with nine points off the bench. In fact, New Mexico's reserves outscored the starters in the first 20 minutes, 19-14.
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