ANAHEIM (AP) — Larry Anderson scored 21 points and Greg Plater added 17 to lead Long Beach State to a 74-63 victory over UC Riverside in a Big West Conference tournament semifinal on Friday night.

The victory puts the top-seeded 49ers (22-10) in Saturday’s championship game against the winner of Friday’s late game between Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara. Long Beach State lost to UC Santa Barbara in last year’s tournament final.

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The 49ers scored the first 15 points of the game and led by 20 in the second half. However, the No. 7-seeded Highlanders (12-19) fought back.

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UC Riverside cut the deficit to six points on a jump shot by Phil Martin with 2:19 remaining, but Long Beach State pulled away at the free throw line.

Martin scored 14 points and Javon Borum 13 for the Highlanders.

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