STOCKTON — Cal State Long Beach Coach Joe Harrington caused no scenes here Saturday night as the 49ers beat University of the Pacific, 82-71, in a Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. game before 1,896 at the Spanos Center.
"It was nice to go 40 minutes," joked Harrington, who went only 39:55 Thursday night at Fresno State because he was ejected during a stormy scene with officials that resulted in a forfeit.
A headline in the Stockton Record that Harrington had awakened to Saturday morning read: "UOP Faces PCAA's Hottest Temper."
But that temper never surfaced against Pacific, perhaps because the difference in free-throw opportunities was only two.
The 49ers didn't need free throws. They broke a two-game losing streak and improved their record to 14-8 overall and 8-5 in the PCAA by shooting 60% from the field and stealing the Tigers blind.
"Our press created easy baskets off steals," Harrington said.
The press didn't reach its maximum effectiveness until the second half, when it produced a spurt that had lengthened a precarious 48-42 lead to 62-46 and all but sealed Pacific's 15th straight defeat. The 49ers finished with 15 steals.