Road Woes Continue As Long Beach State Falls At #12 Louisville 88-56
Gabe Levin finishes with his second straight double-double in the loss.
The first five minutes of the game was an improvement on the previous two games, as a 3-pointer from Payne got the Beach started, and a Levin dunk kept Long Beach State (1-3) within four at 12-8.
Louisville (3-0) would respond with a massive run, however, starting with a breakaway dunk from Jaylen Johnson and opening up a 22-point lead with an 18-0 run over the next four minutes.
"We just weren't able to withstand that first blow to stay in the game," said LBSU head coach Dan Monson afterwards. "Once we got comfortable, it was too late, and the game was over. You come on these road trips to give the team some adversity, to help make them better, and I don't think we handled it any better than we did on Tuesday."
Long Beach State was able to cut the lead to 15 points, cutting into the Louisville advantage with an 8-0 run get to 38-23 with just over five minutes in the half, and held until halftime at 42-27.
That would be as close as the 49ers would get, however, as Louisville outscored the Beach 46-29 in the second half to account for the final margin. Johnson led four Cardinals in double-figures with 14 points.
Levin's double-double was the second straight for the junior, both coming against Top 15 ACC opponents. He also became the first 49er since David Samuels in the 2014-15 season to put up back-to-back double-doubles.
"We'll get better from this, watching it, and our guys will grow," said Monson. "We have to get into our league and be the best team in our league, and that's why we challenge ourselves as best as we can with this schedule."
Long Beach State's road swing continues Sunday, when the Beach heads up the road to play #16 UCLA on Sunday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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