Beach Rolls In Return Home, Winning 81-46 Against Fresno Pacific
David Samuels scored a career-high 16 points to lead the 49ers.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State improved to 4-0 in the Walter Pyramid this season, as the 49ers cruised past Fresno Pacific in their return to their home floor 81-46. David Samuels scored a career high 16 points, while Branford Jones scored 14 to lead the way for the Beach.
The 49esr were very balanced overall in their scoring however, with eight players scoring five points or more on the way to their second highest output of the season. Tyler Lamb added nine points, but was matched by the engine for much of the Beach success on Saturday, freshman Justin Bibbins.
Bibbins finished with nine points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals, all career highs as the freshman point guard played a team high 28 minutes in relief of Mike Caffey, who picked up two fouls over the first five minutes of the game.
The 49ers led 10-4 when Caffey came out, but the defensive intensity held for the Beach. LBSU held Fresno Pacific scoreless over the next seven minutes, and finished with a 14-3 run that really put the outcome of the game out of reach.
Leading by 15 at the half, 31-16, the 49ers got a lift from David Samuels, who was 6-for-6 from the floor in the second half, scoring 14 points and adding two assists in the second half as the 49ers pushed their lead out to 32 points at 54-22 on a 3-pointer from the senior after six minutes in the second half.
The Beach went to the bench at that point, and the reserves were able to increase the lead to as many as 39 points in the second half on the way to at 35-point win.
"I think it's important to have a game or two in a year where guys get some rhythm, try some different lineups, get some guys some extra time," said Dan Monson. "Today was a good step for us before we hit league to get some different guys some different minutes."
Overall, the 49ers shot over 50 percent from the field for the fourth time during the season, and had 14 assists, the second-most in the season. Jones had six rebounds, tied with Jack Williams for the team lead. Williams had a pair of second-half 3-pointers to score six points.
The Fresno Pacific game marked the final tune-up for the 49ers, as Long Beach State enters Big West conference play next week with two tough games right out of the gate. The 49ers will travel to UC Irvine on Thursday, January 8, for a game at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, and will then play at UC Davis on Saturday at 8 p.m. in a game televised on ESPNU.
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