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Top Walter Pyramid Moments #8: Men's Basketball defeats USC

Dec. 16, 1999

Long Beach, Calif. - 1999-2000 was a magical year for the Long Beach State men's basketball team as it compiled a 24-6 overall record and won the Big West Conference Western Division title with a 15-1 mark. The team also received an invitation to the NIT, the first postseason appearance since the 1994-95 campaign, the year that the Walter Pyramid opened its doors.

The team saw an early season slump, opening the 1999-2000 campaign with a 2-3 mark, including two in a row at the Syracuse Carrier Classic. A huge home win against USC turned the team's fortunes around, propelling the 49ers to a 22-4 mark over the rest of the season. The impressive 76-66 win against the Trojans was televised nationally on ESPN.

The 49ers erased a two-point halftime deficit thanks to contributions by Mate Milisa (15 points, 11 rebounds) and James Williams (14 points, 10 rebounds) who each had double-doubles.


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