Deng Deng came off the bench to score 18 points as the Long Beach State 49ers toppled the Cal State-Northridge Matadors, 78-69, in Big West Conference action at Walter Pyramid.
Deng converted 5-of-12 from 3-point range for Long Beach State (7-8, 3-1 Big West), which has won three of four. Mike Caffey scored 14 points, Keala King tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists, and James Ennis added 10 points for the home team.
For Northridge (9-7, 0-4), Stephan Hicks tied a career-high with 26 points and added eight rebounds. Stephen Maxwell chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards for the Matadors, who have lost four in a row since league play began.
Long Beach State shot 50 percent from the field in the first half as it got out to a 39-38 advantage at intermission. Northridge shot 41.2 percent in the frame, and it kept the game close by shooting 8-of-12 from the foul line.
The Matadors opened the second half up on a 17-9 run to take a 55-48 lead with 11:16 to play, but the 49ers answered with a 24-4 spurt themselves to pull away.
Long Beach State held on to win despite getting outrebounded, 38-32.