Diamond Head Classic Tournament Final, Long Beach State Vs. Kansas State: 49ers Lose To Wildcats, 77-60

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Diamond Head Classic Tournament Final, Long Beach State Vs. Kansas State: 49ers Lose To Wildcats, 77-60

The final game of the 2011 Diamond Head Classic NCAA basketball tournament in Hawaii was played on Sunday night between the Long Beach State 49ers and the Kansas State Wildcats. Although the 49ers showed plenty of fight in the second half, the Wildcats

Kansas State went into halftime holding a comfortable 40-28 lead. The Long Beach players seemed determined to make a game of it in the second half, however, getting the score as close as 65-54 with less than 5:00 remaining.

Guards Larry Anderson and Casper Ware had 17 points each for Long Beach State. Anderson also picked up four assists, four rebounds and a steal.

Rodney McGruder of Kansas City was named the tournament MVP. He scored 28 points in the final, which led all scorers, also picking up six rebounds and a steal.

Kansas State is 9-1 this season and at many times this game looked very much like a 7-5 team taking on a 9-1 team. The 49ers should still be proud of their accomplishment of making it to the finals of the tournament and proud of the fight that they showed throughout the game. Their Christmas Day appearance on ESPN2 will likely add a little prestige to the school's performance in 2011.

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Diamond Head Classic, Long Beach State Vs. Auburn: 49ers Win 64-43, Advance To Tournament Final

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.

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Diamond Head Classic: Long Beach State Beats No. 14 Xavier 68-58

Five players scored in double figures, leading the Long Beach State 49ers to a 68-58 win over the No. 14 Xavier Musketeers, in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic Tournament at the Stan Sherrif Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Michael Caffey led the 49ers with 14 points, but Long Beach State also got 12 apiece from Eugene Phelps, Larry Anderson, and Casper Ware.

The win for Long Beach State was their second against a top-14 team this season. Sure, Xavier was missing starters Mark Lyons and Dezmine Wells, but with the toughest schedule in the country playing five teams ranked in the top 14 before Christmas, head coach Dan Monson doesn't need to apologize to anybody. A win is a win.

Long Beach State built a 16-point lead with 14:07 remaining in the game, but an 8-0 run by Xavier over the next three minutes cut that lead in half, but they never got closer than to within eight points the rest of the way. The 49ers outreboundedthe Musketeers 29-26.

The 49ers focused their defensive efforts on Xavier leading scorer Terrell Holloway, limiting him to just three field goal attempts and five points in the first half. Holloway ended up with 17 points for the game, but many came after Long Beach State built a comfortable lead.

"I've played so many good guards this year, that I'm to the point where it shouldn't matter who I play. I'm just trying to get the win," said Ware, who had the primary responsibility of guarding Holloway.

Long Beach State moves on to the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic, playing Friday night at 8 p.m. PST on ESPNU against the winner of the game later Thursday night between the Auburn Tigers and Hawaii Warriors.

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Diamond Head Classic, Long Beach State Vs. Xavier Game Score: 49ers Lead 29-21 At Halftime

Michael Caffey scored nine points in the first half, helping the Long Beach St. 49ers to a 29-21 lead at halftime over the No. 14 Xavier Musketeers in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic Tournament at the Stan Sherrif Center in Honolulu. Xavier is playing without their second and third leading scorers, Mark Lyons and Dezmine Wells, who are serving suspensions for their role in a brawl with Cincinnati on December 10.

The 49ers are playing their fifth game against a team ranked in the top 14 of the AP poll this season, and looking for their second win against a ranked foe. Larry Anderson had seven points and three points for the 49ers in the first half. Long Beach State shot just 37% (10 for 27) in the first half, but did have seven assists to go with their 10 field goals.

Justin Martin scored 10 points to lead Xavier, who shot 34.8% (eight for 23) in the opening 20 minutes. Long Beach State did a great job limiting Xavier leading scorer Tu Holloway, who was limited to just three field goal attempts and five points in the opening half.

The winner of this game will battle the winner of Auburn vs. Hawaii on Friday night.

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Diamond Head Classic Tournament, Long Beach State Vs. Xavier: Game Time, TV Information, And More

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

Sitting Out: Both Mark Lyons (17.4 points per game) and Dezmine Wells (9.5 ppg) will miss Thursday's game for Xavier, serving a suspension for a fight against Cincinnati on December 10.

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.

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Dan Monson And Long Beach State Need Win Against Xavier

Long Beach State is 1-12 against ranked teams since 2008.

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