Barry Ogalue Kicks Off Preseason With Double-Double, But LBSU Falls To CSU Bakersfield In Charity Exhibition
Levin scored 13 points despite foul trouble while Ogalue added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Long Beach, Calif. - Defense carried the day in a preseason exhibition for both Long Beach State and CSU Bakersfield, but the Runners would capture the win 63-55 in a charity game with proceeds benefiting the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.
Barry Ogalue led the way for the Beach with a double-double, scoring 12 point with 11 rebounds. Gabe Levin was the top scorer for LBSU with 13 points despite being limited to just 16 minutes due to foul trouble. Damiyne Durham led CSU Bakersfield with 20 points.
"This was great that everyone was able to put this together for charity, and it was also an opportunity for us, since today we would have practiced, and [instead] we got to have everyone on the same team," said Dan Monson following the game. "It's easy to make shots against a zone in practice, but they got humbled today, and that's going to put everybody back to work."
Both teams shot poorly from behind the arc, each finishing under 30 percent on the night, while LBSU outshot CSUB overall at 35.2 to 34.4 percent.
Long Beach State got out to a quick start, opening the game on an 11-3 run, and led by five as late as the six minute mark of the first half following a Levin dunk at 26-21. CSU Bakersfield answered with a 14-3 run to close the half up six at 35-29.
Turning up the tempo, LBSU used the press to pull back into the game, tying the contest at 37-37 on a jumper from Deishuan Booker. Edon Maxhuni then found a cutting KJ Byers for a dunk in the lane to give the Beach a 39-37 lead.
With Levin out of the game with three fouls, however, the Runners regained the lead, and a second charging call against the senior forward helped consolidated the momentum for CSU Bakersfield, who took a 13-point lead with 4:44 left in the game.
Long Beach State pulled back to within six in the closing seconds, forcing a pair of late turnovers, but had too far to make up.
Long Beach State welcomes Cal State Dominguez Hills to the Walter Pyramid this Saturday, November 4 for Homecoming. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m., with festivities throughout campus being held prior to the game.
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