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Hodges helps Long Beach dodge Idaho

Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jibril Hodges’ basket with 8.8 seconds left ended an eight-game losing streak for Long Beach State as the 49ers beat Idaho 53-52 Thursday.

Long Beach State (3-15, 1-7 Big West Conference) won its first conference game since beating the Vandals on Jan. 29, 2004.

Anton Lyons’ basket with 1:07 left in the game gave Idaho (7-12, 5-3) a 52-50 lead.

Onye Ibekwe made 1 of 2 free throws with 15.7 seconds left to cut the lead to 52-51. Lyons was then called for traveling after rebounding Ibekwe’s second attempt.

Hodges followed with his game-winning, 5-foot scoop basket.

Idaho’s Tanoris Shepard was fouled with 2.9 seconds left and missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Long Beach State’s Cody Pearson pulled down the rebound.

Idaho’s Dandrick Jones had 21 points and four steals.

Long Beach St. 53, Idaho 52

Idaho (7-12, 5-3)–Jones 9-16 2-3 21, Lyons 4-13 3-4 11, Davos 1-3 0-0 2, Haynes 3-6 0-0 8, Shepard 3-12 0-1 6, Higdon 0-3 0-0 0, Bowden-Key 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 2-2 2, Kahrimanovic 1-3 0-0 3, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Kale 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 21-58 7-11 52.

Long Beach State (3-15, 1-7)–Ibekwe 3-7 6-11 12, Jenkins 2-6 1-2 6, Byrd 1-1 0-0 2, Hodges 4-10 2-3 10, Pearson 2-4 1-4 5, Hawkins 6-12 4-6 16, Houston 0-2 0-2 0, Free 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 18-43 16-30 53.

Halftime–Long Beach State 31, Idaho 26. 3-point goals–Idaho 1-9 (Jenkins 1-3, Houston 0-1, Hawkins 0-2, Hodges 0-3), Long Beach State 3-14 (Haynes 2-3, Jones 1-3, Kahrimanovic 0-1, Higdon 0-2, Shepard 0-5). Fouled out–None. Rebounds–Idaho 37 (Lyons 10), Long Beach State 36 (Ibekwe 11). Assists–Idaho 5 (Shepard 3), Long Beach State 8 (Hodges, Houston 2). Total fouls–Idaho 1, Long Beach State 17. A–1,372.

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