COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Long Beach State almost picked up a big victory on Saturday. Instead, the 49ers got another loss to a ranked opponent, and coach Dan Monson said a lack of focus was the difference.
Tyler Lamb scored 17 points, but Long Beach faded down the stretch during a 69-59 loss at No. 25 Missouri.
"I just felt like we had an opportunity to win and we didn't take advantage of it," Monson said. "You don't get those opportunities on a Top 25 team of this caliber very often."
Kris Gulley had 13 points and Mike Caffey finished with 10 for the 49ers (4-10), who shot 33.3 percent (17 for 51) from the field. David Samuels grabbed eight rebounds.
Long Beach State dropped to 0-4 against ranked teams this season with an average margin of defeat of 18.5 points.
Caffey's layup with 2:48 left trimmed Missouri's lead to 61-57. But Missouri's Jabari Brown answered with a 3-pointer to squelch the threat.
"I think we were right there all the way until the end," said Lamb, a UCLA transfer who was 4 for 13 from the field in his fourth game since gaining eligibility. "I think we could have won this game easily."
Jabari Brown scored 22 points, Earnest Ross added 16 and Ryan Rosburg had 11 rebounds for Missouri (12-1), who open Southeastern Conference play at home against Georgia on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson, who leads the SEC with a 20-point average, had a season-low 11 points.
Missouri has won 26 in a row at home, the longest current streak in the nation. It also has an 81-game winning streak against non-conference opponents since losing to Sam Houston State to start the 2005-06 season.
Long Beach State returns home to open its 16-game Big West slate with UC Irvine on Thursday. The 49ers were picked to finish fourth in the conference after winning it last year with a 14-4 record.
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