Xavier Loses Opener in Hawaii


AP Sports Writer

HONOLULU (AP) - Freshman Michael Caffey scored a career-high 14

points and Long Beach State defeated short-handed No. 14 Xavier

68-58 in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday


Caffey was one of five players in double figures for the 49ers

(6-5), who handed the Musketeers (8-2) their second straight loss

since a bench-clearing brawl Dec. 10 against Cincinnati that

resulted in the suspension of four players. Caffey was joined by

Casper Ware, Larry Anderson and Eugene Phelps, who each had 12


The 49ers advance to Friday's semifinal and will face the winner

of the Hawaii-Auburn matchup scheduled for later Thursday night.

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.

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