Happiest Of Homecomings For Long Beach State In An 87-71 Exhibition Win Over CS Dominguez Hills
Levin, Booker and Ogalue all finished in double-figures for LBSU.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State cruised past Cal State Dominguez Hills Saturday in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd by an 87-71 margin. Gabe Levin and Deishuan Booker led the way for the Beach, finishing with 19 and 18 points respectively.
Long Beach State came out aggressive, and had an excellent night at the charity stripe to maintain a lead for nearly the entire evening in the exhibition victory over the Toros. Back-to-back buckets from Gabe Levin and Bryan Alberts kept the enthusiasm of the 4,227 person crowd out right out of the gate.
Cal State Dominguez Hills would hang close for a while with red-hot shooting to start the game. Matt Hayes made his first three 3-pointers to keep it close early, and then the Toros would eventually take their first lead of the game at 28-27 following a Deshay Gipson three with 9:07 remaining.
The Beach quickly bounced back however. In what was a huge theme of the night, Booker put the Beach back on top with a pair of free throws, making two of his 13 points on the night from the line. Jordan Griffin then kicked off a 7-0 run for the Beach with a three, and LBSU never looked back.
Getting to the line some more, LBSU continued to push the lead, and then two baskets from Booker and Shropshire closed out the half as Long Beach State led 52-36 at the break.
Long Beach State played with a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half. The Toros cut the lead to seven at 63-56 with 12:15 to play, but a 3-point play by KJ Byers gave the Beach a 12-point lead with 8:46 in the game, and CSUDH never again got within single digits.
Levin finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Booker had 18 points and 6 assists while going 13-for-14 from the line. Barry Ogalue also finished with 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers, though all 11 players that saw action scored, including planned redshirt Milos Apic, who had two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes.
As a team, LBSU finished 29-of-33 from the free throw line, shooting 87.9 percent, and shot 50% from the floor in the win.
Long Beach State opens the regular season on the road next Friday, November 10, when the team plays at San Francisco. Follow the action live on AM 830 or through www.longbeachstate.com.
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