Nick Faust's 28 Point, 12 Rebound Effort Lifts Long Beach State Past CSUN 94-79
Long Beach State hit 15 3-pointers on the way to the win.
Northridge, Calif. - Nick Faust shrugged off the flu, and Long Beach State shrugged off the CSUN Matadors on the road, as the Beach lit up the nets on the way to a 94-79 win. Both Faust and Justin Bibbins had career highs, and the team as a whole shot 49.2 percent from the floor and 15-of-30 from three.
Faust, who came off the bench for the first time this season after being limited coming in due to sickness, played his best game of the season, scoring a career-high 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, including shooting 7-of-8 from three, all in just 23 minutes.
Despite Faust's big night, the effort was balanced for the Beach, who saw four players score 14 points in a game for the first time since Long Beach State's "Fab Four" put up those numbers in a win against UC Davis in 2012.
Bibbins scored 20 points, going 7-of-7 from the stripe and handing out eight assists with six rebounds while playing a team-high 35 minutes. Gabe Levin and Branford Jones each scored 14 points as well for Long Beach State (7-9, 1-0 Big West)
"Offensively, this was a very good effort," commented Dan Monson. "Making 24 assists is very unselfish, and we got into a good shooting rhythm. But it's very dangerous to go on the road and try to win games by outscoring people. We've got to continue to get better defensively, and be more disruptive."
The Beach got off to a quick start against CSUN (5-9, 0-1 Big West), scoring the first two baskets of the game and eventually opening a 16-9 lead on a three from Jones. The Matadors came back to grab a brief lead at 23-21, but consecutive threes from Faust and Jones opened up a four-point edge for the 49ers, and Long Beach State led 42-37 at the half.
CSUN opened the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 46-44 lead, but again Faust had the answer, canning a triple to put the Beach back in front with fifteen minutes left. Over the next four minutes, two threes from Bibbins, one from Faust and one from Jones pushed the Long Beach State lead up to eight points as LBSU began to pull away.
A 12-0 run from the Beach as the clock ticked under five minutes sealed the win for LBSU, the the 49ers opened conference play with a convincing win.
The 94 points were the most scored by the Beach on the road since 2007, and the 15 3-pointers were the most for Long Beach State this season, topping the 14 the team made against New Mexico State.
Long Beach State is back in action Saturday, returning to the Walter Pyramid for the first time in four games to host UC Davis as Big West play continues. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m., and the game will be carried live on ESPN3.
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