Davis, CA (Sports Network) - James Ennis hung up a 24-point, 14-rebound double-double as the Long Beach State 49ers captured the Big West regular season title with a 77-76 win over the UC Davis Aggies at the Pavilion.
Tony Freeland added 21 points and Mike Caffey notched 11 points for Long Beach State (18-11, 14-3 Big West) which also secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big West Tournament.
Corey Hawkins poured in 34 points and Ryan Howley and Ryan Sypkens each added 12 points for UC Davis (14-15) which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Long Beach State owned a razor thin 36-35 lead at halftime after shooting 42.9 percent from the floor while netting 4-of-11 from the free-throw line.
The Aggies had a seven-point lead with 7:20 remaining but the 49ers whittled that deficit down and took a 72-70 edge with 3:27 left on a 3-pointer from Caffey. The Aggies were never able to recover the lead though, as they failed to score in the final minute after pulling back within one point.
Long Beach State's 20-5 edge in points off turnovers proved crucial in the contest as did its 42-25 advantage on the boards.