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Stephen F. Austin Beats Long Beach State 68-60

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Mike Caffey #5 of the Long Beach State 49ers during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on November 19, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the 49ers 94-72. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mike Caffey #5 of the Long Beach State 49ers during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on November 19, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the 49ers 94-72. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP)  Antonio Bostic scored 21 points and Stephen F. Austin defeated Long Beach State 68-60 in a matchup of conference leaders Friday night.

Taylor Smith and Hal Bateman scored 15 points apiece for the Lumberjacks (23-3), who shareicon1 Stephen F. Austin Beats Long Beach State 68 60 the top spot in the Southland Conference with Northwestern State.

Stephen F. Austin has kept opponents to fewer than 70 points in each of their last 58 games, and has allowed just 49 points per game this season, best in Division I. But offensively on Friday, they shot 57 percent – including 72 percent (13 of 18) in the second half.

Mike Caffey had 24 points to lead all scorers for Long Beach State (17-10), which fell to 12-2 at home. James Ennis added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The 49ers have clinched a share of the Big West title with three conference games remaining.

The game was part of the BracketBusters series.

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