PITTSBURGH (AP) — Casper Ware scored a career-high 28 points and visiting Long Beach State ran away from No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on Wednesday night.
James Ennis added 19 points for the 49ers (2-0), who snapped Pitt’s 58-game nonconference winning streak at the Petersen Events Center with ease.
Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers (2-1) with 20 points and Nasir Robinson added 19, but the Panthers simply couldn’t keep up with the 49ers.
Long Beach State took a nine-point halftime lead and never let up.
Pitt drew within six points on a few occasions but each time the 49ers answered to become the first non-Big East team to beat the Panthers at home since Bucknell in 2005.
The victory was Long Beach State’s first over a top-10 team since 1993.