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The Long Beach St. 49ers came within one game of completing an undefeated regular season in conference, and they cleaned up at the annual Big West Conference awards on Monday. Point guard Casper Ware won Big West Player of the Year for the second year in a row, and head coach Dan Monson on Big West Coach of the Year for the second year in a row as well.
Ware was fourth in the conference in scoring at 16.9 points per game, fourth in steals (1.5 per game), fifth in assists (3.2 per game). He won the conference player of the week award four times this season.
Monson, in his fifth season as head coach, guided the 49ers to a 22-8 record despite playing the No. 1 toughest non-conference schedule in the country.
All four seniors on Long Beach State were honored, as Ware was joined on the All Big West first team by forward T.J. Robinson and guard Larry Anderson. Forward Eugene Phelps made the second team. It was the third first team for Anderson, and the second each for Ware and Robinson.
Guard: Larry Anderson, Long Beach State
Guard: Orlando Johnson, UCSB
Guard: Phil Martin, UC Riverside
Forward: T.J. Robinson, Long Beach State
Guard: D.J. Seeley, Cal State Fullerton
Guard: Casper Ware, Long Beach State
Forward: Omondi Amoke, Cal State Fullerton
Forward: David Hanson, Cal Poly
Guard: James Nunnally, UCSB
Forward: Eugene Phelps, Long Beach State
Guard: Kwame Vaughn, Cal State Fullerton
Forward: Michael Wilder, UC Irvine
The Long Beach St. 49ers saw their hopes for a perfect Big West season come to an end on Saturday evening. The 49ers visited the Cal St. Fullerton Titans at the Titan Gym in Fullerton and came close, but lost by a final score of 77-74. With the loss, the 49ers finish the Big West regular season with a 15-1 record and a 22-8 overall record.
The difference in the game ended up being the first half. Long Beach entered the half trailing by three points, 35-32. The 49ers fought hard to stay in the game throughout, with each team putting together a 42-point second half.
Long Beach State will still enter the Big West tournament as the No. 1 seed. The tournament kicks off on Thursday.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans will enter the Big West tournament as the No. 2 seed. They finished the regular season with a 21-8 overall record and a 12-4 record in the conference.
The Long Beach State 49ers end their regular season on Saturday afternoon with a road battle at Titan Gym facing the Cal State Fullerton Titans in a Big West Conference matchup. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's contest:
Records: Long Beach State (22-7, 15-0); Cal State Fullerton (20-8, 11-4)
Location: Titan Gym in Fullerton
Time: 4 p.m. PST
TV: Fox Sports West, with Ron Pitts on play-by-play, Michael Cage as the analyst, and Crystina Poncher reporting from the sidelines.
Pleading the Fifth: With a win, the 49ers will complete the fifth undefeated conference season in school history, at 16-0. The last time Long Beach State finished the conference season undefeated was the 1973-1974 campaign.
Series History: Long Beach State leads the all-time series with Fullerton 60-42, and has won the last two matchups. The 49ers beat the Titans 75-61 at the Walter Pyramid on January 28.
Seeding: Fullerton is currently tied with UCSB at 11-4 for second place in the conference, and holds the tiebreaker. But the Gauchos host eighth-place UC Davis so the Titans need a home win to clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big West Tournament.
Also Undefeated: Fullerton is 7-0 at home in Big West play this season, and 12-1 at home overall on the season. The last time Fullerton went undefeated at home in conference play was in the 1982-1983 season.
The Long Beach State 49ers completed their home schedule on Wednesday night with a 77-50 destruction of UC Irvine at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. The 49ers, who have one more regular season game remaining, finished their home schedule at 12-0, and have won 22 consecutive games at home dating back to last season. The 2012 Big West Tournament gets underway on Thursday, March 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and Long Beach State is set to play UC Davis in the first round.
Long Beach State has lost the Big West Tournament final to UC Santa Barbara in each of the last two seasons.
The 49ers, who will be the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row, will play the No. 8 seed Aggies on Thursday night, one of four games on the tournament's opening day. The order of games will be finalized on Sunday, March 4.
Cal State Fullerton (20-8, 11-4) is fighting it out with UC Santa Barbara (16-9, 10-4) for the No. 2 seed, while the other four teams are jumbled together for the fourth through seventh seeds. Cal Poly, Pacific, and UC Irvine are all at 6-8, and UC Riverside is at 6-9.
One of the most celebrated senior classes in Long Beach State 49ers history went out in style on Senior Night Wednesday night, easily defeating the UC Irvine Anteaters 77-50 at Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State (22-7, 15-0 in the Big West Conference) led by as many as 31 points in the win, their 23rd consecutive Big West regular season victory and their 22nd straight home triumph.
Senior forward T.J. Robinson, the all-time leading rebounder in Big West Conference history, had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the 49ers, his 15th of the season and 53rd of his career.
Senior guard Casper Ware, the all-time leading assist man in Long Beach State history, had 16 points, four assists, and four steals on the night. Ware is also second all-time in school history with 202 steals.
Senior guard Larry Anderson, the all-time leader in steals in school history, added three steals (giving him 204 in his career) to go along with his seven rebounds, five points, and four assists.
Senior forward Eugene Phelps had 11 points and four rebounds on the night for Long Beach State, who shot 47.6% from the field on the night.
Mike Best scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead UC Irvine (11-18, 6-9), who shot just 31.7% on the night and committed 17 turnovers. Center Adam Folker added six points and nine rebounds for the Anteaters, who have lost three straight games to the 49ers.
Long Beach State needs only one more win on Saturday afternoon at Cal State Fullerton to wrap up its fifth undefeated conference season in school history, and the first since the 1973-1974 campaign.
T.J. Robinson had 16 rebounds and 10 points to lead the Long Beach State 49ers over the UC Riverside Highlanders 64-40 on Saturday evening at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. The win was the 22nd straight regular season Big West win for the 49ers, and 21st consecutive home win at Walter Pyramid.
Casper Ware led Long Beach State (21-7, 14-0 in Big West) with 17 points and three steals, and also dished out four assists. The 49ers shot 43.1% on the night from the field, and they held Riverside to just 28.8% shooting as the Aggies made just 17 of 59 shots from the field.
Larry Anderson scored 11 points for the 49ers and also had one steal to become the all-time Long Beach State leader in steals with 201. Anderson passed Lucious Harris (1989-1993), who had 200 steals. Ware is close behind with 198 thefts in his career.
Phil Martin scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead UC Riverside (13-16, 6-9).
Long Beach State concludes its Big West regular season schedule next weekend with a pair of games in the Southland, beginning Thursday night at home against UC Irvine.
Casper Ware scored 16 points, leading the Long Beach St. 49ers to a 70-58 win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Wednesday night at Walter Pyramid. The victory clinched the Big West regular season title for the 49ers, their first back-to-back league titles since winning eight straight from 1969-1970 to 1976-1977.
Eugene Phelps had 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists, and James Ennis added 14 points and seven rebounds for the 49ers (20-7, 13-0 in the Big West), who shot 44.3% from the field. Long Beach State beat UCSB (15-9, 9-4) twice this season by a total of 35 points.
Long Beach State also extended its Big West winning streak to 21 games, and their home winning streak to 20 straight. Head coach Dan Monson picked up career win number 250 with the victory on Wednesday night, and improved his record with the 49ers to 80-75.
UCSB outrebounded Long Beach State 47-34 on the night, but shot just 35.7% from the field, including four of 16 from three-point range, and committed 20 turnovers. The 49ers led by 10 in the first half and led by as many as 19 points in the second half.
The 49ers next host UC Riverside on Saturday afternoon at Walter Pyramid.
The Long Beach State 49ers can clinch the Big West regular season title with a home win Wednesday night against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at Walter Pyramid. The 49ers, who won the regular season conference title last year, are looking for their first back-to-back league titles since winning eight straight from 1969-1970 to 1976-1977.
Long Beach State (19-7, 12-0 in Big West play) had its 12-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in their BracketBuster loss to the Creighton Bluejays. But the 49ers have still won 20 consecutive regular season Big West games, and have won 19 straight home games as well.
Head coach Dan Monson needs one win for 250 in his career. In five seasons at Long Beach State, Monson is 79-75.
The 49ers have lost the last two Big West Tournament finals to the Gauchos, but picked up a tough road win with a 71-48 pasting in Santa Barbara on January 21. Larry Anderson led Long Beach State in scoring in the win with 19 points, while T.J. Robinson added 11 rebounds.
Tonight's 8 p.m. PST game will be televised by ESPN2, with Roxy Bernstein on play-by-play and Sean Farnham as the analyst. The game will also be available for viewing online at WatchESPN.com.
The Long Beach St. 49ers were unable able to hold out against the Creighton Blue Jays, as an Antoine Young layup snatched away a victory with the final score 81-79. The 49ers shot better from the field and from behind the arc, as Creighton had trouble matching the firepower of Long Beach. In the end, the difference between the teams turned out to be free throws, with both teams making an equal amount of baskets.
Creighton managed to tie the game with less than a minute remaining, and went ahead with Antoine Young's finger roll layup with two seconds left. It was more sloppy than exciting in that tied final minute. Casper Ware missed a layup, but Austin Chatman got confused pushing the ball up the court and got called for a backcourt violation. T.J. Robinson fumbled the ball out of bounds on the ensuing possession, which left Creighton with the ball and the shot clock off.
The 12 game winning streak looked like it would be fine, as Long Beach controlled the game after the few opening minutes. Creighton never gave up, but Long Beach showed an ability to match tit for tat. Dan Monson was looking for his 250th career win, but was unable to get there on this nationally broadcast bracket buster game. Creighton is 5-2 in nationally televised bracket busters dating back to 2003.
Casper Ware had the hot hand for Long Beach, leading the team with 21 points. However the player of the game was Doug McDermott who had 36 points and 11 assists in a winning effort. McDermott had to carry his team, as only one other player for Creighton scored in the double digits.
Ware had much more help, with three other players in double digits. T.J. Robinson was next on the scoring list with 20 points, and also had eight rebounds. While Ware was hot with the shot, his peripherals left something to be desired.
It was those peripherals or intangibles that may have cost Long Beach in the end. The better team the entire game, they simply fumbled the game away when the pressure was turned up. The Beach are running away with the Big West, but this loss certainly won't help their national perception.
The Long Beach St. 49ers faced a tall task going in to face the Creighton Blue Jays, but thus far they have been up to it leading 46-41 at halftime. Doug McDermott of Creighton leads all scorers with 16 points, but is Creighton's only scorer in double figures. Long Beach however has three people in double figures, led by T.J. Robinson with 13. Robinson also has three rebounds and two assists.
The teams are shooting fairly evenly from the field, with Long Beach state holding an advantage in three pointers and free throws. The 49ers have led by as much as nine, and have led since the 13 minute mark in the first half. Creighton got off to a hot start, going up by seven forcing Long Beach to take a time out. But they've been solid since.
One thing in Creigton's favor has been second chance opportunities. The 49ers don't carry a true center, and it's showed with the Blue Jays picking up six offensive rebounds while Long Beach hasn't managed one. The two teams are fairly even in most of the other aspects of the game.
If Long Beach can sustain their momentum in the second half, they should prevail. However, with a rowdy home crowd going against them, it won't be an easy jog to the finish.
The Long Beach St. 49ers take their 12-game winning streak to Nebraska, facing the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday night in a BracketBusters game on ESPN2. Here are the relevant details of this college basketball contest:
Records: Long Beach State (19-6, 12-0 in Big West Conference); Creighton (22-5, 12-4 in Missouri Valley Conference)
Rankings: Long Beach State is No. 42 in the RPI, while Creighton is No. 28; In Ken Pomeroy's ratings, Long Beach State is No. 50 and the Blue Jays are No. 33; in the Sagarin ratings, the 49ers are No. 44 and Creighton is No. 23.
Location: CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska
Time: 7 p.m. PST
TV: ESPN2, with Roxy Bernstein and Stephen Bardo on the call
Streaming: ESPN3.com (now Watch ESPN)
Home vs. Road: Long Beach State is 8-5 on the road this season, Creighton is 12-2 at home.
Series History: Long Beach State is 3-1 all-time against Creighton, but they haven't faced one another in 39 years, a 68-51 Long Beach State win on January 20, 1973.
Leading Rebounders: T.J. Robinson, Long Beach State (10.3 rebounds per game); McDermott, Creighton (8.1 rpg)
The local college basketball weekend schedule is dominated by a pair of ESPN BracketBusters games, plus one trip east to visit an old coach. The Loyola Marymount Lions and Long Beach State 49ers will play BracketBusters games on Friday and Saturday, respectively, while the UCLA Bruins head to Madison Sqaure Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Here is the weekend college basketball slate:
6 p.m. - Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (ESPNU): The Lions are fresh off their biggest win of the season, a 75-60 win at No. 21 Saint Mary's, who was previously unbeaten at home. LMU finished their conference road schedule at 7-1, and have three home games left on their schedule before the West Coast Conference Tournament.
10 a.m. - UCLA at St. John's (CBS): The Bruins will head to Madison Square Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Lavin, who coached the Bruins for seven years, underwent successful surgery to treat prostate cancer on October 6, and has followed a reduced, modified schedule, coaching in only four games since.
7 p.m. - Long Beach State at Creighton (ESPN2): The 49ers have won 12 straight games and 15 of their last 16 contests. This could have been the sixth opponent for Long Beach State ranked in the top 25 this season, but Creighton fell from No. 13 in the AP poll two weeks ago to on the outside looking in after three straight losses.
Casper Ware had a record-setitng week last week for the Long Beach State 49ers, and on Monday the senior point guard was honored, again. Ware was named the Big West Conference player of the week for the fourth time this season after leading Long Beach State (19-6, 12-0) to road wins over the Pacific Tigers and UC Davis Aggies.
Ware scored 38 points in Thursday's win in Stockton over Pacific, including 27 in the second half as the 49ers came back to win 74-66. The 38 points was a career high for Ware, and the most points scored by any Big West player this season. On Saturday, Ware scored 16 points and had two assists at UC Davis, and the two dimes gave him 509 in his career, two more thanfor the all-time Long Beach State school record.
This is the fourth time this season Ware has captured the conference player of the week, as he also took home the honors on November 21, December 12, and January 23. Larry Anderson has won the honor twice this year and T.J. Robinson has done so once, giving Long Beach State seven of the 14 weekly awards so far this season.
Ware and the 49ers travel to Nebraska on Saturday to face Creighton in a Bracket Buster game on ESPN2.
The Long Beach State 49ers hit the road in this last week, with wins over the Pacific Tigers and UC Davis Aggies. The 49ers remained undefeated in the Big West Conference and extended their regular season conference winning streak to 20 games, the third longest streak in school history. Long Beach State remains atop the conference and is close to clinching the top seed in the Big West Tournament.
|Big West Conference Basketball Standings|
|Long Beach State||12-0||19-6||at Creighton*|
|Cal State Fullerton||8-3||16-7||at UCR, Montana St.*
|UC Santa Barbara||8-3||13-8||at Irvine, at Utah St.*
|Pacific||6-6||10-14||at Davis, Idaho St.*|
|Cal Poly||6-6||15-11||at CSUN, at N. Colorado*
|UC Riverside||5-7||11-14||Fullerton, S. Utah*
|UC Irvine||5-7||9-16||UCSB, E. Washington*
|Cal State Northridge||2-10||6-17||Cal Poly, Fresno St.*
|UC Davis||0-11||2-22||Pacific, at N. Arizona*
|Through games of February 11; *non-conference game
Long Beach State doesn't have a conference game on the schedule next week, but they will battle the No. 17 Creighton Blue Jays in a Bracket Buster battle on ESPN.
Eugene Phelps scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading the Long Beach State 49ers to an 89-69 road win over the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday night. The 49ers extended their regular season Big West Conference winning streak to 20 games, the third longest in school history, and had a couple of individual accomplishments of note.
The 49ers also had a couple of milestones during Saturday's game. T.J. Robinson had 14 points and 11 boards in the game, and now has 1,119 rebounds in his career, surpassing Troy Neal of Cal State Fullerton (1,115) for the most rebounds in Big West history.
Point guard Casper Ware had two assists to go with his 16 points, breaking his tie with for the most assists in Long Beach State history. Ware has 509 assists in his career.
The Long Beach State record for a conference winning streak is 25 games, stretching from the 1970-1971 season into the 1971-1972 season. The 49ers had a 22-game winning streak from the 1972-1973 season to the 1974-1975 campaign. The 49ers (19-6, 12-0) matched that 1973-1974 season for best start to a conference season.
Long Beach State has no Big West game next week, but battles No. 17 Creighton next Saturday in a Bracket Buster affair.
The Long Beach State 49ers extended their regular season Big West Conference winning streak to 19 games on Thursday night with a 74-66 road win in Stockton over the Pacific Tigers. Casper Ware scored 27 of his career-high 38 points in the second half to lead the 49ers to the win.
Pacific led 34-32 at halftime.
Ware made 12 of his 23 field goals, including eight of 15 from three-point range, and grabbed five rebounds. Ware hit seven threes in the second half, including 17 points in the final seven and a half minutes of the game. Ware had no assists on the night, and remains tied with Billy Walker for most assists (507) in Long Beach State history.
Lorenzo McCloud scored 16 points to lead Pacific (9-14, 5-6).
Long Beach State continues their road trip, facing UC Davis on Saturday afternoon.
The Long Beach State 49ers extended their Big West Conference regular season winning streak to 18 games on Saturday night with their 75-67 home win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors at the Walter Pyramid. The updated Big West standings really only feature a battle for second place.
|Big West Conference Basketball Standings|
|Long Beach State||10-0||17-6||1-0|
|Cal State Fullerton||7-3||15-7||2-0|
|UC Santa Barbara||7-3||12-8||1-1|
|Cal State Northridge||2-8||6-15||0-2|
|Through games of February 4; *non-conference game
Long Beach State has 18 days off before their next home game, but in the interim hits the road next week to battle the Pacific Tigers Thursday night in Stockton and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday in Davis.
The Long Beach State 49ers continued their romp through the Big West Conference on Saturday night,beating the Cal State Northridge Matadors 75-67 at the Walter Pyramid. The win was the 18th consecutive regular season Big West win for the 49ers (17-6, 10-0), who have won 10 straight games.
Long Beach State also extended their home winning streak to 19 games, the seventh longest active home winning streak in Division I. The 49ers have beaten the Matadors six straight times.
Casper Ware had three assists on the night, tying for the most assists in Long Beach State history, with 507. Both are tied for 10th all-time in Big West history. Josh Greene scored a career-high 26 points for Northridge (6-15, 2-8).
Long Beach State doesn't have another home game for 18 days, and they hit the road next week beginning with a Thursday night battle in Stockton against the Pacific Tigers.
The Long Beach State 49ers look to remain undefeated in the Big West Conference on Saturday night as they host the Cal. State Northridge Matadors at Walter Pyramid. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's Big West battle:
Records: Long Beach State (16-6, 9-0 in the Big West); Cal State Northridge (6-14, 2-7)
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: Fox Sports West, with Paul Sunderland on play-by-play, Michael Cage on color commentary, and Christina Poncher on the sidelines.
Online: Rob Brender calls the play-by-play at LongBeachState.com
Home, Sweet Home: The 49ers have won 18 straight home games heading into Saturday's contest, the seventh longest active streak in the country.
Big West Leaders: Long Beach State has won 17 consecutive regular season Big West Conference games, dating back to last season. The streak is the third longest in 49ers history, trailing a 25-game streak from 1969-1972 and a 22-game run from 1972-1975.
Assist Man: Long Beach State point guard Casper Ware last Saturday became the second 49ers player with 500 assists in his college career. Ware enters Saturday's game with 504 assists, needing just four dimes to pass (1984-1987) for the most assists in Long Beach State history.
Series History: The 49ers lead the all-time series with the Matadors 31-20, and have won the last five meetings between the two schools.
Of all the teams most likely to make it to the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament from Los Angeles, the Long Beach State 49ers are the most probable team. If they win the Big West tournament (and they are the odds-on favorite to do so), they will earn the automatic bid.
But they could use some quality wins. Long Beach State has played 5 teams in their non-conference schedule ranked No. 14 or higher at the time in the AP poll, but have only gone 1-5 against RPI Top 50 opponents. They need some better competition to prove that they're worth of a better season.
The Creighton Blue Jays are 20-2 and have one of the most dynamic offenses in all of college basketball, usually hitting 70 points and often going over 80, even 90 points a game. It'll be up to LBSU to either stop them or keep up with them if they plan on getting another signature victory.
The Long Beach State 49ers continued their winning ways on Saturday night with a 75-61 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans at the Walter Pyramid. It was the 18th straight home win for Long Beach State, and the 17th consecutive regular season win for the 49ers in Big West Conference play.
The 49ers hold a two and a half game lead over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, whom they have already defeated on the road this season. UCSB has defeated Long Beach State in the final of the Big West Conference tournament in each of the last two seasons.
|Big West Conference Basketball Standings|
|Team||Conf.||Overall||This Week||Next Week|
|Long Beach State||9-0||16-6||2-0||Northridge (Saturday)|
|UC Santa Barbara||6-2||11-7||2-0||at CSUN, at Fullerton|
|Cal State Fullerton||5-3||13-7||1-1||Cal Poly, UCSB|
|UC Riverside||4-4||10-11||0-2||Pacific, Davis|
|UC Irvine||4-4||8-13||2-0||Davis, Pacific|
|Cal Poly||4-5||13-9||1-1||at Fullerton, at Bakersfield*|
|Pacific||3-5||7-13||1-1||at UCR, at UCI|
|Cal State Northridge||2-6||6-13||1-1||UCSB, at LBSU|
|UC Davis||0-8||1-19||0-2||at UCI, at UCR|
|Through games of January 28; *non-conference game
Long Beach State has six days off before their next game, a home game against the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Saturday, February 4, in a game televised by Fox Sports West. The 49ers won 81-68 at Northridge on January 7.
The Long Beach State 49ers withstood a comeback effort by the Cal State Fullerton Titans, beating their Big West Conference foe 75-61 in front of a record crowd of 5,649 at the Walter Pyramid on Saturday night. The 49ers have won 17 consecutive Big West Conference regular season games, and have won 18 straight home games, both dating back to last season.
James Ennis scored 19 points to lead the 49ers (16-6, 9-0), who shot 50.9% from the field and outrebounded Fullerton 33-30. Long Beach State saw a 12-point second half lead cut to two points, but the 49ers ended the game on a 20-8 run over the final six and a half minutes.
Omondi Amoke had a monster game for Cal State Fullerton (13-7, 5-2) with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, and seven rebounds. The Titans shot 45.6% from the field on the night. Isiah Umipig added 16 points for Fullerton.
Larry Anderson had 16 points, seven rebounds, and five steals for Long Beach State. Casper Ware added 11 points and five assists in the win. Long Beach State has six days off before hosting Cal State Northridge next Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid.
The Long Beach State 49ers return home to host the Cal State Fullerton Titans Saturday night at Walter Pyramid in a Big West Conference showdown and a nationally televised game on ESPNU. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's contest:
Records: Long Beach State (15-6, 8-0 in the Big West); Cal State Fullerton (13-6, 5-2)
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach
Time: 8 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU, with Mark Neely and Mark Adams on the call
Going Streaking I: Long Beach State has won 16 straight regular season Big West Conference games, including Thursday's overtime win at Riverside. The last regular season loss for the 49ers in conference play came over a year ago, an 86-76 loss at UC Irvine on January 22, 2011.
Going Streaking II: The 49ers have won 17 consecutive home games, dating back to last season. The last loss for Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid came on November 27, 2010 against Loyola Marymount.
Man of Steal: Casper Ware, who was named Big West Conference Player of the Week last week for the third time this season, had four steals on Thursday against UC Riverside, giving him 189 career steals, good for second place in Long Beach State history. Ware needs 12 more steals to pass Lucious Harris (1989-1993) for the most in school history.
Giving Is Good: Ware also has 499 career assists, needing just nine more to pass(1984-1988) for the most in school history.
Series History: Long Beach State leads the all-time series against Fullerton 59-42. The two schools split two games last season, with each team winning at home.
It wasn't easy, but the Long Beach State 49ers extended their regular Big West Conference winning streak. Casper Ware scored 11 of his 18 points in overtime, leading the 49ers to a 77-70 overtime win over the UC Riverside Highlanders Thursday night at the Student Recreation Center in Riverside.
The win for Long Beach State (15-6, 8-0) was its 16th straight in the regular season in Big West play, dating back to last season. The last regular season conference loss for Long Beach State came over a year ago, an 86-76 loss at UC Irvine on January 22, 2011.
UC Riverside (10-10, 4-3) led 53-45 with 8:18 remaining, but the 49ers went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to tie the score. Long Beach State held a one-point lead with 2.1 seconds remaining when Highlanders guard David Chavarria was fouled with a chance to give UC Riverside the lead. However, Chavarria missed the second free throw after making the first, sending the game into overtime.
Phil Martin had a wonderful game for Riverside, scoring 31 points on 12-for-20 shooting, including four of seven from three-point range.
James Ennis scored 16 points for Long Beach State, including four three-pointers. T.J. Robinson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 49ers, who host Cal State Fullerton Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid.
Casper Ware was on fire last week, leading the Long Beach State 49ers to two road victories, and the senior guard was honored on Monday. Ware was named the Big West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the third time Ware has won the award this season.
Ware scored a career-high 30 points on nine-of-12 shooting in Thursday's 78-69 victory at Cal Poly, including 22 points in the second half as Long Beach State completed a comeback. On Saturday night, Ware hit four three-pointers en route to 14 points and five assists, leading the 49ers to a blowout 71-48 win at the Thunderdome over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.
Long Beach State has won 16 consecutive regular season games in Big West Conference play.
On the season, Ware leads the 49ers in scoring at 17.0 points per game and is climbing some all-time lists in Long Beach State history. Ware is second all-time at the school in assists with 492, just 16 behindfor the top spot in school history. Ware is also second in steals (191, nine behind Lucious Harris), fourth in scoring (1,590 points), fourth in three-pointers made (168), and second in free throws made (414). Ware has scored in double figures in 38 of his last 39 games.
The Long Beach St. 49ers visited the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on Saturday night in a potential preview of the Big West tournament final. The 49ers were attempting to stay undefeated in the Big West by knocking off the second-place Gauchos, who have defeated Long Beach in the conference tournament final in each of the past two years.
The 49ers fell behind early in front of the Gauchos home crowd and it appeared as though the Gauchos might just be Long Beach's own Kryptonite. But in short order, the Niners roared back in a big way, grabbing a 13-point lead and entering halftime up by a score of 36-23. In the second half it was more of the same, as Long Beach ended up coasting to the 71-48 win.
With the win, Long Beach improves to 7-0 in the Big West, while the Gauchos fall to 4-2 in the conference.
The 49ers will play their next game on Thursday, January 26 as they visit the UC Riverside Highlanders.
The top two teams in the Big West Conference battle Saturday night in what is sure to be a rocking Thunderdome, as the Long Beach State 49ers battle the host UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a rematch of last season's conference tournament final. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's contest:
Records: Long Beach State (13-6, 6-0 in Big West); UCSB (9-6, 4-1)
Location: The Thunderdome in Santa Barbara
Time: 8 p.m. PST
TV & Streaming: ESPNU and ESPN3.com, with Mark Neely and Jalen Rose on the call.
Point Man: Long Beach State senior point guard Casper Ware scored a career-high 30 points in Thursday's win over Cal Poly, and leads the team with a scoring average of 17.2 points per contest.
Wooden Finalist: UCSB senior guard Orlando Johnson was named to the John R. Wooden Midseason Top 25, and on the season leads the Gauchos in scoring (20.3 points per game, tops in the Big West), rebounds (6.5 per game), and assists (3.1 per contest).
Going Streaking: Long Beach State began its conference season 6-0 for the second consecutive season. The last time the 49ers opened with a longer winning streak was the 1999-2000 season when Long Beach State was 9-0 to open Big West play. The 49ers have won 15 straight regular season Big West games.
Gaucho Power: UCSB knocked off Long Beach State in the 2011 Big West Tournament final 64-56, punching their ticket to the NCAA Tournament at the expense of the 49ers, who entered the final on an 11-game winning streak. UCSB beat Long Beach State two straight years in Santa Barbara before the 49ers captured a 71-55 road win last season.
Series History: Long Beach State and UCSB have played 110 games, with each team winning 55.
Casper Ware scored a career-high 30 points, leading the Long Beach State 49ers to a 78-69 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs on Thursday night at Mott Gymnasium in San Luis Obispo. The win moved Long Beach State to 6-0 in the Big West Conference, and improved their regular season conference winning streak to 15 games.
Ware connected on nine of his 12 field goal attempts, including hitting five of six shots from three-point range. Ware also had two steals in the game. Larry Anderson played all 40 minutes and scored 20 points of his own, including making 11 of 12 free throws.
The 49ers trailed by nine points about three minutes into the second half but used a 12-0 run to surge into the lead, and never looked back. Will Taylor led the Mustangs with 16 points and eight rebounds. Long Beach State shot 59.0% from the field and made eight of their 11 shots from beyond the arc. It was a hot-shooting night for both teams, as Cal Poly shot 50% from the field and made nine of 19 three-point attempts. Cal Poly actually outrebounded the 49ers 30-22 in the contest.
The 49ers take their unbeaten Big West Conference record on the road Saturday night, facing the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at The Thunderdome.
It wasn't pretty, but the Long Beach State 49ers managed to win it's 17th straight home game on Saturday. T.J. Robinson scored 14 points and had 19 rebounds to lead the 49ers to a 76-66 win over the Pacific Tigers in a hard-fought affair at Walter Pyramid on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the 14th straight regular season Big West Conference win for Long Beach State.
In a game that featured seven ties and 10 lead changes, a game in which neither team led by more than six points until the final minute, the 49ers were able to grab the lead for good with 2:55 remaining in the game, on a pair of free throws by James Ennis. The junior guard scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists in the win, and scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half.
A three-pointer by Travis Fulton capped an 8-0 run and gave Pacific a 59-53 lead with 5:47 remaining, but Long Beach State ended the game on a 23-7 run.
Long Beach State got three-point happy in the first half and trailed Pacific 26-24 at the break. The 49ers shot just 26.9% (seven for 26) in the opening half, and 16 of their 26 shots came from beyond the arc. Then again, they only made two of 10 two-point field goals so maybe they were onto something.
In the second half, the 49ers made 50% of their shots (10 of 20), including eight of 10 (80%) on two-point shots. Long Beach State shot an amazing 33 free throws in the second half, and made 30 of them (90.9%) to seal the win. Larry Anderson hit all 10 of his free throws and scored 18 on the night, while Casper Ware scored 20 points to lead the 49ers, even though he was limited with foul trouble.
The next game for the 49ers is Thursday, when they hit the road to face the Cal Poly Mustangs.
The Long Beach State 49ers look to continue their winning ways in the Big West Conference Saturday night as they host the Pacific Tigers at the Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State is 4-0 in conference play this season, and has several streaks in play as they play on television for the eighth time this season, and the first of four consecutive Saturday games on TV. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's game:
Records: Long Beach State (11-6, 4-0 in the Big West); Pacific (5-10, 1-3)
Location: Walter Pyramid in Long Beach
Time: 4:05 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, with Ron Pitts on play-by-play, Michael Cage as color commentator, and Crystina Poncher as the sideline reporter. This is the eighth televised game so far this year for Long Beach State. They are slated to be on TV six more times this season after Saturday, including a BracketBuster game on February 18 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
Streaks Galore: Long Beach State is not only 4-0 in Big West play this season, but has also won 13 consecutive regular season conference games dating back to last season. The 49ers also have a 16-game home winning streak at Walter Pyramid. Pacific had a streak of their own, a seven-game losing streak, before a 20-point road win Thursday night at Cal State Northridge.
Series History: Long Beach State leads the all-time series with Pacific 9-7, and has won their last three meetings.
Eugene Phelps scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading the Long Beach St. 49ers to an 86-58 win over the UC Davis Aggies at the Walter Pyramid Thursday night. Long Beach State extended their home winning streak to 16 games, and improved to 4-0 in Big West Conference play this season.
The 49ers (11-6, 4-0) held a narrow lead over UC Davis (1-15, 0-4) at halftime, but Long Beach State shot 65.6% in the second half (21 for 32), including five for 10 from three-point range. The 49ers outscored the Aggies 51-29 in the second 20 minutes. The loss was the 12th straight for UC Davis.
James Ennis added 18 points and six rebounds for Long Beach State, making seven of his 10 field goal attempts. The 49ers outrebounded the Aggies 35-33. Josh Ritchart led UC Davis with 12 points in the loss.
Long Beach State hosts Pacific Saturday night at Walter Pyramid, looking to extend their winning streak to five games.
The Long Beach St. 49ers improved to 3-0 in Big West play with an 81-68 road win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Saturday night. The win was the sixth in the last seven games for the 49ers (10-6, 3-0), who moved a half-game ahead of UC Santa Barbara (7-5, 2-0) for the conference lead.
Larry Anderson led the 49ers' balanced scoring attack with 20 points and nine rebounds. T.J. Robinson scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while James Ennis and Casper Ware each scored 12 for Long Beach State. Eugene Phelps added seven points and 14 rebounds, the latter just four shy of his career high.
Northridge led briefly at 16-15 with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, but the 49ers were able to build an eight-point lead by halftime. Long Beach State never allowed Northridge any closer the rest of the way and led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Josh Greene led Northridge with 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Stephan Hicks added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Matadors (4-9, 1-2). Long Beach State outrebounded Northridge 47-33, and held the Matadors to just 37.7% shooting on the night.
Long Beach State returns home to host the UC Davis Aggies on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid.
It wasn't pretty, but the Long Beach St. 49ers won their second straight game to open the Big West Conference season, a 55-50 home victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers have won five of their last six games and are 2-0 in Big West play.
Cal Poly got off to a 13-4 lead to open the game, but for the final 30 or so minutes of the game neither team led by more than four points. The Mustangs' Joel Awich missed a three-pointer with one second remaining that would have tied the game.
Casper Ware led Long Beach State with 17 points inthe win. T.J. Robinson had 13 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Long Beach State shot 43.9% in the win. Will Taylor scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Cal Poly in defeat.
The 49ers head on the road Saturday night to battle the Cal State Northridge Matadors.
March Madness may still be a little more than two months away, but that will not stop the tournament projections from coming in over the course of the next few weeks. While Los Angeles features multiple teams eligible for the NCAA Tournament, just one program is currently projected to have a chance to dance, according to ESPN's Joe Lunard. The Long Beach State 49ers are that team.
The 49ers played a daunting schedule in non-conference play (including five teams that were ranked in the top-15 at the time, including wins over Pittsburgh and Xavier) and have been rewarded for their braveness. According to Lunardi, LBSU is among the teams that just missed the cut of 68. A strong performance in conference play -- or an automatic bid from winning the Big West Conference -- would have the 49ers dancing in March.
As for the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans, neither have much of a chance at the NCAA Tournament unless they win the Pac-12 tournament. After both programs got off to an 0-2 start in conference play, neither has much of a chance going forward. With the conference being so weak, though, either program could make a late run in the season.
The Long Beach State 49ers opened their Big West Conference on Monday night with a 74-60 road win over the UC Irvine Anteaters at the Bren Events Center in Irvine. Casper Ware scored 19 points to lead Long Beach State in the win.
T.J. Robinson scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win for Long Beach State, his sixth double-double of the season. He now has 1,002 career rebounds, making him the first 49er ever with 1,000 boards. He is the fourth Big West player to accomplish the feat, joining Greg Grant (Utah State), Stacey Augmon (UNLV), and Tony Neal (Cal State Fullerton).
UC Irvine led 32-31 at halftime, but Long Beach State was able to pull away with a strong second half, shooting 56.3% from the field in the second half. The 49ers outscored the Anteaters 43-28 in the second half for their eighth victory of the season and fourth win in their last five games.
Derick Flowers led Irvine with 16 points in defeat.
Long Beach State continues its conference slate with a home battle Thursday against the Cal Poly Mustangs at the Walter Pyramid.
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Larry Anderson scored 16 points to lead the 49ers as Long Beach State took down the Auburn Tigers 64-43 in a semifinal round game of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. Eugene Phelps and Casper Ware each scored 13 points for Long Beach State (7-5), as it won its third in a row. T.J. Robinson pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
Frankie Sullivan paced the Tigers (8-2) with 22 points and six rebounds. The loss snapped Auburn's four-game winning streak.
The 49ers took a 7-5 lead with 14:25 left in the first frame and never looked back. Long Beach State led 32-22 at the intermission after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. The Tigers struggled offensively in the opening period as they shot 23.1 percent from the floor. Auburn's shooting woes continued as it made just 29 percent of its shots from the field in the second half. Long Beach State cooled off to a field goal percentage of 37 after halftime, but connected on 9-of-12 from the charity stripe to cruise to the victory. The 49ers enjoyed a 43-25 advantage in the rebounding battle in the contest. Long Beach State will face Kansas State for the tournament title on Sunday.
The 49ers took a 7-5 lead with 14:25 left in the first frame and never looked back. Long Beach State led 32-22 at the intermission after shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half. The Tigers struggled offensively in the opening period as they shot 23.1 percent from the floor.
Auburn's shooting woes continued as it made just 29 percent of its shots from the field in the second half. Long Beach State cooled off to a field goal percentage of 37 after halftime, but connected on 9-of-12 from the charity stripe to cruise to the victory.
The 49ers enjoyed a 43-25 advantage in the rebounding battle in the contest. Long Beach State will face Kansas State for the tournament title on Sunday.
The Long Beach State 49ers play their fifth team ranked in the top 14 this season on Thursday night as they battle the No. 14 Xavier Musketeers in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolul, Hawaii. The four-day tournament will run through Christmas weekend and be televised by the ESPN family of networks. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's contest:
Tournament: Diamond Head Classic
Location: The Stan Sheriff, Honolulu, Hawaii
Records: Long Beach State (5-5); Xavier Musketeers (8-1)
Ratings: Long Beach State is ranked 48th by both Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin; Xavier is ranked 35th by Pomeroy, 49th by Sagarin, No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
Time: 8 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU, with Kanoa Leahy and Stephen Bardo on the call
Series History: This is the first meeting between Long Beach State and Xavier
Up Next: The winner of this game will play at 8 p.m. PST on Friday on ESPN2 against the winner of Auburn vs. Hawaii. The loser of both of those games will play Friday at 10:30 p.m. PST on ESPNU.
Long Beach State is 1-12 against ranked teams since 2008.
The Long Beach St. 49ers hosted the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds on Saturday night and walked away with another win at The Pyramid in Long Beach. Following the 76-54 victory, Long Beach is now a perfect 4-0 at home and hold an overall record of 5-5.
The 49ers came roaring out to a 40-26 lead after the first half and never looked back.
Long Beach guard James Ennis was 5-for-9 on field goal attempts and led 49ers scorers with 15 points, also picking up four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Guard Larry Anderson picked up 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Forward Eugene Phelps had 11 points and six rebounds.
Stefan Mirabal of Eastern NM led all scorers with 19 points.
Long Beach will play their next game on Thursday, December 22 as they travel to face the No. 15 Xavier Musketeers, a team that is suddenly surrounded by controversy following the brawl that erupted in the game against Cincinnati on December 10.
The Long Beach St. 49ers nearly pulled off another road upset of a top 10 team but ultimately fell short on Saturday night, losing 84-78 to the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. John Henson scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the win for UNC.
Casper Ware scored 29 points for Long Beach State in the loss, including 19 in the first half as the 49ers took a 45-40 lead into halftime. Long Beach State outrebounded North Carolina 36-34 on the night, but shot just 42.9% (15 for 35) in the second half.
T.J. Robinson had a double-double for the 49ers with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Larry Anderson added 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the first half to give Long Beach State a five-point halftime cushion. UNC outscored Long Beach State 44-33 in the second half. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points for UNC and Tyler Zeller scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.
So far this season, the 49ers have hung tough with four ranked opponents on the road, with a win over then-No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on November 16, and close losses at No. 6 Louisville (79-66 on November 28) and No. 13 Kansas (88-80 on December 6). Long Beach is off for the next eight days before hosting Eastern New Mexico at the Walter Pyramid on Monday, December 19.
Casper Ware was on fire in the first half with 21 points to give the Long Beach State 49ers a 45-40 lead over the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels at halftime at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The 49ers went on a 7-0 run to end the half
Ware, the leading scorer for the 49ers this season, made eight of his 13 field goals, including four of six from three-point range. Larry Anderson added seven points, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the half. Long Beach State shot 51.4% in the first half, making 18 of 35 shots from the field.
John Henson led the Tar Heels with 14 points, while Tyler Zeller added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the Tar Heels. North Carolina had assists on 13 of their 16 field goals in the first half and shot 48.5% from the field (16 for 33).
Long Beach State outrebounded North Carolina 19-16 in the first half and forced seven turnovers.
The Long Beach St. 49ers continue their tough trek through the top 25 on Saturday, traveling to Chapel Hill to battle the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels. The 49ers hung tough on Tuesday in Lawrence, Kansas but ultimately lost 88-80. T.J. Robinson scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in defeat. They now face a UNC team that is 6-0 at home this season.
Teams: Long Beach State (4-4), No. 4 North Carolina (7-2)
Location: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Time: 4 p.m. PST
TV: ESPN3, with Tom Werme on play-by-play and Nate Ross on color commentary
Leading Scorers: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina (17.2 ppg), Long Beach State (17.0 points per game);
Double-Double Men: John Henson, North Carolina (14.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg), Long Beach State (14.4 ppg, 10.8 rebounds per game);
Series History: North Carolina leads this series 1-0, winning their only battle 96-91 in a close game last season.
Tough Schedule: This is the fourth of five road games against ranked opponents for the 49ers before Christmas. They won at then-No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on November 16, lost 79-66 at No. 6 Louisville on November 28, and lost on Tuesday to No. 13 Kansas 88-80. After tonight's game, Long Beach State faces No. 8 Xavier on December 22 in the Diamondhead Classic Tournament.
The odds were stacked against the Long Beach St. 49ers on Tuesday night as they traveled to take on the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks, and despite taking the 88-80 loss, the team still managed to hold their own. A late second half rally made things interesting in the final minutes, but the Niners were unable to overcome an early deficit at Phog Allen Field House.
T.J. Robinson led the way offensively for LBSU, scoring 19 points and hauling in seven rebounds against a tough KU defense. Casper Ware struggled shooting the ball, but still managed to score 16 points, as did James Ennis. Larry Anderson scored 14 and dished out seven assists on the night, which led the 49ers.
Kansas used their size advantage to defeat Long Beach St. and both Jeff Withey (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Thomas Robinson (26 points, 11 rebounds) recorded double-doubles. All three of the KU guards scored in double figures, with Conner Teahan hitting four 3's.
The 49ers will continue their treacherous stretch of games on Saturday when they face the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Long Beach St. 49ers have reached the toughest week of their season. The 49ers are in Lawrence on Tuesday night to battle the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. It is one of two road games this week against ranked opponents for Long Beach State, who will be in North Carolina on Saturday to battle the No. 4 Tar Heels. Here is a look at the relevant info for Tuesday night's game:
Teams: Long Beach State (4-3), No. 13 Kansas (5-2)
Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
Time: 6 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU, with Mitch Holthus on play-by-play and Sean Farnham on color commentary
Series History: Kansas leads this series 2-1, but Long Beach State won their last meeting. However, that was 19 years ago, a 64-49 win way back on January 25, 1993
Tough Schedule: This is the third of five road games against ranked opponents for the 49ers before Christmas. They won at then-No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on November 16 and lost 79-66 at No. 6 Louisville on November 28. After tonight's game, Long Beach State faces No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday and will face No. 8 Xavier on December 22 in the Diamondhead Classic Tournament.
The Long Beach St. 49ers got double-doubles from both T.J. Robinson and Eugene Phelps Friday night, turning a close halftime affair into a 79-43 blowout victory over the Division II BYU-Hawaii Seasiders at Walter Pyramid. Long Beach State improved to 4-3 on the season.
Robinson had 12 points and 14 rebounds on the night for his fourth double-double of the season, and Phelps had 14 points and 13 boards for his first. Larry Anderson led the 49ers with 16 points, including four three-pointers.
Long Beach State led just 32-28 at halftime, but shot a blistering 60.7% in the final 20 minutes to pull away for their second win in as many years over BYU-Hawaii. The 49ers outscored the Seasiders 47-15 in the second half, including a 22-5 run in the first seven and a half minutes after the break.
The 49ers are off until Tuesday night, when they head to Lawrence to battle the No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks.
The Long Beach St. 49ers return home to Walter Pyramid on Friday night, hoping to snap a two-game losing streak against the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders. You can forgive Long Beach State for scheduling a Division II team, as it is merely a brief respite in one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
The 49ers already beat then-No. 9 Pittsburgh Panthers on the road on November 16, then they traveled to Kentucky Monday night and lost to the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals. After battling the Division II Seasiders Friday night, the schedule next week for Long Beach State consists of road games at No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday and at No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday.
Long Beach State has lost two straight games and three of their last four, but should have no problem with BYU-Hawaii on Friday. The 49ers beat the Seasiders 90-83 last season with Casper Ware scoring 22 points and both T.J. Robinson and Eugene Phelps achieving double-doubles.
Robinson has three double-doubles in six games this season and is averaging 14.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. He had 12 points and a team-high seven boards in Monday's loss to Louisville. Robinson was named Big West Conference Player of the Week last week for his efforts against Boise State and Montana. Three different 49ers have won player of the week honors in three weeks this season.
Friday night's 7:05 p.m. PST game can be heard online at LongBeachState.com.
The Long Beach State 49ers tried to play giant killers once more on Monday night, but their comeback effort fell short. Chris Smith scored 18 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals over the 49ers 79-66 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The Cardinals improved to 6-0 on the season, though the 66 points scored by the 49ers were the most allowed by Louisville this season. Long Beach State (3-3) outrebounded Louisville 37-32 in defeat.
The 49ers trailed 44-32 at halftime, and Louisville extended their lead to 55-40 on a dunk by Chane Behanan with 12:59 remaining in the game. Long Beach State ramped up their defense and went on a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to five points at 57-52.
Unfortunately for Long Beach State, they were unable to get closer than five points.
Guard Larry Anderson led Long Beach State with 17 points and pulled down six rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. Casper Ware chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. The starters for the 49ers scored 62 of their 66 points.
Monday night was a continuation of a very challenging road schedule for Long Beach State. The 49ers already beat then-No. 9 Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh on November 16, and still have road games against No. 5 North Carolina, No. 11 Xavier, and No. 15 Kansas, all before Christmas.
Up next for Long Beach State is a home game Friday night against BYU-Hawaii at the Walter Pyramid.
The Long Beach St. 49ers have one of the toughest non-conference college basketball schedules in the country. On Monday night they travel to Kentucky to face Rick Pitino and the No. 6 Louisville Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center in a nationally televised game on ESPNU.
The 49ers (3-2) face five teams ranked in the top 17 of last week's Associated Press poll before Christmas, all on the road. Long Beach State already won at Pittsburgh, then ranked ninth, and after Louisville they have scheduled road games against Kansas (December 6), North Carolina (December 10), and Xavier (December 22).
The Cardinals (5-0) are led by Kyle Kuric, averaging 13.0 points per game so far this season, and forward Chane Behanan, who is averaging nearly a double-double with 9.2 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. This is the first-ever meeting between Long Beach State and Louisville.
Long Beach State stumbled on Saturday in Montana against the Grizzlies, blowing a halftime lead to lose 73-71. Senior forward T.J. Robinson scored 25 points and pulled down 13 boards against Montana, his third double-double in five games this season. Robinson is averaging 14.4 points and 11.6 rebounds this season.
Monday night's 4:02 p.m. PST game will be televised by ESPNU.
T.J. Robinson scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Long Beach St. 49ers to am 72-62 win over the Boise St. Broncos Tuesday night at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach. It was the third win in four games for Long Beach State, who beat the Broncos for the second straight season.
Robinson made eight of his nine field goal attempts to lead the 49ers, and had the second double-double of the season and 40th of his career. Long Beach State outrebounded Boise State 40-33 on the night.
Casper Ware, who led the squad averaging 24.7 points in the first three games of the year, was held to just five points Tuesday night on one-of-nine shooting. James Ennis scored 16 points for the 49ers, and Eugene Phelps chipped in with 11.
Anthony Dmric lead Boise State with 20 points, and made five of 12 three-point shots.
Long Beach State limited Boise State to 31.5% shooting (17 of 54), while shooting 49.1% (27 for 55) themselves. The next game for Long Beach State is Saturday when they travel to face the Montana Grizzlies at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula.
Tonight, the Long Beach St. 49ers went into Pittsburgh to face the #9 Pittsburgh Panthers at the Peterson Events Center on the Pitt campus. The two basketball programs faced each other for the first time, and the 49ers were able to upset the Panthers 86-76
Senior guard Casper Ware scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, leading the Long Beach State 49ers to a 69-61 victory over the Idaho Vandals at Walter Pyramid on Saturday afternoon. Ware, who led the 49ers in points, assists, and steals last season, dished out four assists and had two steals in the game.
The 49ers trailed by two at the break, but guards Ware and Larry Anderson scored 24 points after halftime to lead the comeback effort. Long Beach State outrebounded Idaho 31-27, and forced 18 turnovers on the day.
The 49ers had three players make the preseason All-Big West Team in Ware, Anderson, and T.J. Robinson, and that trio combined for 46 points, two thirds of the team's total points. Ware, Robinson, and Anderson combined to make 16 of 33 shots from the field, including six of 12 from three-point range. Robinson added 11 rebounds to his 10 points for a double-double, and Robinson led the team with seven assists.
Long Beach State has beaten Idaho four straight times, and leads the all-time series with their former Big West foe 11-7.
Up next for the 49ers is a trip to Pittsburgh, a tough road test against a team ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press poll and No. 11 in the ESPN / USA Today coaches poll.
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