Defense Key As Long Beach State Defeats Cal Poly 73-54
Gabe Levin and Temidayo Yussuf both finished with double-doubles in the win.
Long Beach, Calif. - Temidayo Yussuf and Gabe Levin each finished with double-doubles, but it was the Long Beach State defense that shined brightest on Saturday, as the Beach held Cal Poly to 54 points in a 73-54 win over the Mustangs.
Long Beach State (13-14, 7-4 Big West) held a conference opponent under 55 points for the first time in league play, winning the rebounding battle 47 to 39 and holding the Mustangs to just 30.4 percent shooting from the field.
That defense helped the Beach carve out a four-point lead at halftime over Cal Poly (8-17, 3-8 Big West) despite a slow start offensively for both teams. After 20 minutes, Long Beach State led 26-22, despite no player having scored more than six points.
The two big men found their groove in the second half, however, as Levin finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Yussuf added 17 points and 11 rebounds. The pair, along with 11 second-half points from junior Bryan Alberts helped Long Beach State consistently grow their lead throughout the second half.
An Alberts jumper pushed the LBSU lead to ten at 45-35 with just over ten minutes to play, and by the closing minutes, the lead would grow as large as 22 on the way to the win.
For Yussuf and Levin, it marked the first time the duo has both had double-doubles in the same game. It was also the first time this season since Levin and Deishuan Booker each had a double-double at the Advocare Invitational that two 49ers each recorded a double-double.
Long Beach State was also proud to welcome back over 100 football alumni on Saturday, including 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Inductee Terrell Davis.
The Beach is back in the Walter Pyramid to close out the current homestand on Thursday, February 15 against UC Santa Barbara.
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