Homecoming Sets Beach Out To Good Start In 91-57 Win Over BYU-Hawaii
Long Beach State had five players finish in double-figures in scoring.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State was clicking on all cylinders Saturday, delighting the sellout crowd for Homecoming with a dominating 91-57 win over BYU-Hawaii.
With 4,239 in attendance for the Beach, Long Beach State (1-0) opened the game with a 22-4 run to put the game out of hand, as the Seasiders started the game 1-for-14 from the field.
It wasn't just defense that carried the day for the 49ers however. With 20 assists, only twelve turnovers, and five players in double-figures with two more knocking on the door, it was unselfish play and an up-tempo look that highlighted the efforts of the Beach.
"You just don't know what you hold [this early in the season], especially with so many moving parts, so with that said, I was pleased with the majority of what we did," said Dan Monson. "We got some new guys get their feet wet, got some confidence ... I think that was positive."
A.J. Spencer returned to the lineup following a lost season due to injury in fine form, scoring 16 points and sharing the leading scoring honors with transfer Roschon Prince, who scored 16 points while shooting 8-for-10 from the charity stripe, and Branford Jones put up career-high of 13 rebounds while adding eight points and five assists.
Long Beach State's other new faces impressed, along with Prince. Nick Faust scored 14 points and had seven rebounds, while Gabe Levin put up nine points and seven boards as the team's three Division I transfers combined for 39 points and 16 rebounds on the day. Noah Blackwell scored 13 points with four assists in 20 minutes, while Mason Riggins added four points with seven rebounds as two of the LBSU freshman made their collegiate debuts Saturday.
Up 47-26 at halftime, Long Beach State again outscored BYU-Hawaii in the second half, hitting the 90-point mark for the first time in a regulation win since the 2013-14 season. The 49ers also have five players in double-figure scoring for the first time since 2012-13.
Long Beach State will get a short rest tomorrow, and then hosts another big matchup on Monday when BYU visits the Walter Pyramid. As part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon, the game will begin at 10:45 p.m. on Monday night on ESPN2.
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