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Beach Rallies To Defeat UC Davis In Overtime, 78-69

Feb. 16, 2017

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Long Beach, Calif. - Junior Evan Payne hit a couple of big shots late to complement a dominant night inside from the Long Beach State big men, as the Beach rallied to defeat first-place UC Davis 78-69 Thursday night in the Walter Pyramid.

Temidayo Yussuf finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Mason Riggins recorded his first career double-double, tying his career high with 10 points and setting a career high with 12 rebounds. Overall, Long Beach State (12-16, 6-5) outscored the Aggies in the paint 46-22, and forced UC Davis (16-10, 8-3 Big West) into 18 turnovers which the 49ers turned into 26 points on the night.

"That was huge for us," said head coach Dan Monson after the game. "I couldn't be more proud of how coachable this team was the last two days. We had two very difficult practices. We didn't practice any offense, just taking charges, making deflections, and trying to disrupt, and it was really encouraging to see the job they did doing the job that we asked them to do."

Long Beach State held the Aggies to 22 points on the first half and went into halftime with a two-point lead on the back of Yussuf and Riggins offensively and a defensive mentality. The Beach went 1-for-9 from three in the first half, but got eight points from Riggins and seven points from Yussuf in the first twenty minutes.

That was good enough following the defensive effort from the Beach. On the night, Roschon Prince and the rest of the frontcourt held UC Davis' leading scorer Chima Moneke to five points, and overall the Beach outshot and outrebounded the Aggies on the evening.

UC Davis held the edge for a while beginning in the second half, tying the game at 33-33 on a Siler Schneider 3-pointer, and then pushing out to a 46-39 lead as Long Beach State suffered through a nearly four-minute long scoreless streak.

"We lost a little bit of defensive intensity [in the second half], but we were able to get it back for the first time," said Monson "When we've lost it before in the other games, we lost it for good, but today, I really thought we had a lot of offensive players thinking about defense today ... and when you're not worried about [offense], then you'll get good shots and eventually a few will go in."

Loren Jackson got the LBSU offense restarted with a jumper with just over eight minutes remaing, and a Prince dunk from a Justin Bibbins assist put Long Beach State back in front 49-48 with 4:38 left in regulation. The teams would trade baskets the rest of the way, but Payne came through with a couple of big baskets, a triple to give Long Beach State a 53-51 lead, and then the game-tying basket at the elbow to tie the game at 55 with 2.6 seconds left.

A Bibbins three gave Long Beach State the lead in overtime, and then the junior guard picked the pocket of Schneider for a breakaway layup to put the Beach up four 60-56. Brynton Lemar answered with a layup for the Aggies, but a Payne 3-pointer and a Prince basket on the next two offensive trips for the Beach gave LBSU a seven-point lead at 65-58 with 2:19 to play. Payne would finish the game off at the line, going 8-for-8 from the stripe in the overtime period to finish with 18 points, tying Yussuf for the game high as the Beach held off UC Davis 78-69.

Long Beach State is back on the road on Saturday, facing UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m.



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