Xavier center Kenny Frease fights for a rebound while surrounded by Long… (Marco Garcia / Associated…)
Freshman Michael Caffey scored a career-high 14 points and Long Beach State defeated short-handed Xavier, 68-58, in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night at Honolulu.
Caffey was one of five players in double figures for the 49ers (6-5), who handed the No. 14 Musketeers (8-2) their second consecutive loss since a brawl Dec. 10 against Cincinnati that resulted in the suspension of four players.
Long Beach State used aggressive defense and kept heavy pressure on Xavier's star point guard, Tu Holloway, who returned from a one-game suspension and scored 17 points.
at Brigham Young 89, UC Santa Barbara 75: Matt Carlino scored 22 points and Noah Hartsock 21 for the Cougars (10-3), who had a 27-7 edge in free throws made. Carlino also had six assists. Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 22 points apiece for the Gauchos (5-5), who lost their third game in a row.
at Cal State Fullerton 92, Portland State 86: Junior guard Kwame Vaughn scored 23 of his career-high 27 points in the second half and backcourt mate D. J. Seeley broke out of a shooting slump to add 23 points for the Titans (8-3), who . Omondi Amoke added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Isiah Umipig scored 16 points as the Titans won their fifth in a row. Portland State (6-6) got 19 points from Charles Odum.
at UC Riverside 66, San Jose State 64: Kevin Bradshaw had a season-high 16 points and the Highlanders (5-7) were able to pull out the victory. The Spartans (4-8) used a 16-6 run late in the second half to tie the score at 56-56 with 3:55 to go.
at UC Irvine 76, Hope International 54: Freshman center Mike Best made eight of 10 shots and scored a career-high 17 points as the Anteaters (4-8) defeated NAIA member Hope (7-1).
at Washington State 67, Pepperdine 56: Faisal Aden scored 17 points off the bench and the Cougars (8-4) won their sixth in a row in their last game before starting Pac-12 play. Corbin Moore scored 14 points for the Waves (6-5).
at Washington 74, Cal State Northridge 51: Four players scored in double figures for the Huskies (6-5), who had their 32-game nonconference home winning streak snapped by South Dakota State on Sunday. Stephan Hicks led the Matadors (3-7) with 13 points.
at St. Joseph's 64, UCLA 60: The Hawks (7-4) never trailed and the Bruins went 0 for 10 on three-point shots, the first time they have not made a three-pointer in 30 games. Junior Markel Walker had 16 points and nine rebounds, all in the second half, sophomore Thea Lemberger added 12 points and five boards and senior Rebekah Gardner posted 10 points and six rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Bruins (5-6), who open Pac-12 play Thursday against California.
Long Beach State vs. Auburn or Hawaii at Honolulu, 8 PST
UCLA vs. Richmond, 7:30 p.m.