Skip to main content Skip to footer

Big Nights From Levin, Booker Not Enough As Cal State Fullerton Slips By Long Beach State 76-74

March 8, 2018

Box Score (PDF) | Box Score (HTML) |  Photo Gallery 

Anaheim Calif. - Deishuan Booker scored a career-high 22 points, and Gabe Levin also had 22 points with nine rebounds in one last solid appearance in a tremendous career for the Beach, but Cal State Fullerton withstood two final chances and defeated Long Beach State 76-74.

Long Beach State (15-18) dominated the glass with 16 offensive rebounds, but couldn't offset a nearly 20-percent difference in shooting in a night that went the way of the Titans in terms of shots falling.

The contest was close throughout, however with neither side leading by double-figures in the game. Booker had 14 of his 22 points in the first half, helping stake Long Beach State to a 35-31 halftime lead.

Cal State Fullerton (18-11) would chip away at the advantage in the second half, tying the game multiple times, but each time Long Beach State would answer with a basket or a run, one of the latest coming when Bryan Alberts hit a three to put the Beach up 56-53. That sparked a 7-2 run, and the Beach would held on to the lead until a Jackson Rowe layup gave the Titans a 66-64 lead with just over six minutes remaining.

A three-point play from Booker put the Beach up three with 2:30 to play at 74-71, but a pair of Khalil Ahmad free throws and a Rowe basket put the Titans on top once more.

With the Titans leading 76-74, Long Beach State had the ball for the final possession, but a driving layup from Booker didn't go, and neither did a putback attempt from Levin following an offensive rebound and Cal State Fullerton hung on for the win.

Levin finished his career as the top-scoring transfer to ever play at Long Beach State, and was just the 12th player in school history to score over 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds at the Beach, doing so in just three seasons. He'll leave Long Beach State 17th in career points with 1,091 and 16th in career rebounds with 518.

"It's not the way I wanted to end it, but it's who I wanted to end it with," said Levin following the game. "I can't be more grateful and happy for that type of family and lover from the team."



Official Online Store