March 20, 2013
Waco, Texas - The 2012-13 men's basketball season came to a close on Wednesday evening as the 49ers suffered a 46-point loss to Baylor in the first round of the NIT, falling by a score of 112-66.
"Baylor is a very good basketball team," said Head Coach Dan Monson. "They played very well tonight. In 30 years of doing this is as non-competitive as I've ever had a team. I'm embarrassed and it's my fault because as the coach you have to get teams ready to play in these types of situations and obviously we weren't ready to play."
On the course of the game:
"Right from the start we just stood around, and they took everything to us, every shot was open. You let a team like this get in rhythm and it's going to be a long night and that's exactly what happened."
On defending the 3-point shot:
"We had seen (Brady) Heslip shoot before. We had film. But, again we didn't compete defensively and it is really disappointing to end like that."
On Baylor's talent:
"They are awful good. Talent-wise we played Syracuse and Ohio State, who are a two seed and a four seed. They have as much talent as any of those. I don't think Baylor has been as consistent as they could've been this year, but you could see today that when you let them do what they want to do they are awful good and that's what we did today."
Long Beach State could not get any offense going during the game, while Baylor was hitting on all cylinders. In the first half alone, the Bears tallied 10 three-pointers, helping them to a 59-34 first half lead. For the game, Baylor shot 69.6% from the three-point line (16-of-23) and 63.5% from the field (40-of-63), while LBSU shot just 33.3% from the field and 31.3% from behind the arc. Baylor's Brady Heslip was 8-of-11 from behind the three-point line in the game.
Baylor dominated on the boards as well, out-rebounding the 49ers 47-24, while scoring 42 points in the paint (LBSU had 22). Its bench outscored the 49er bench 45-27, and the Bears never trailed in the game after starting it off with a 6-0 run.
The game marked seniors James Ennis and Peter Pappageorge's final contest in the black and gold as their eligibility has come to a close. Ennis ended his career with 10 points, capping off his double-digit scoring streak at 38 consecutive games. Pappageorge added two made free throws to the 49ers' point total.
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