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Difficult Road Continues For Long Beach State At No. 16 In 114-77 Loss

Nov. 20, 2016

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Long Beach State ran into another hot hand on the road at No. 16 UCLA, falling 114-77 to a Bruin team that shot 64.8 percent on the evening.

Long Beach State (1-4) had its best offensive showing of the season outside of the opener on Sunday evening against UCLA (4-0). The Beach scored 77 points on 46.6 percent shooting with 19 assists, as four players finished in double-figure scoring, led by freshman Loren Jackson who scored 15 points with six assists.

A slow start and outstanding play from UCLA ultimately ended up too much for Long Beach State. The Bruins opened the game on a 7-0 run, and took a 14-point lead at 19-5 before Long Beach State was able to get going offensively.

A 7-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Jordan Griffin, who made his first career start, cut the UCLA lead to six points with 8:42 remaining in the first half, but that would be as close as Long Beach State was able to get on the evening.

UCLA pushed an 11-point advantage to 19 at the half of the final four minutes, and shot 64.8 percent on the evening, including 60 percent from three as six Bruins scored in double-figures. Freshman Lonzo Ball finished the game with 20 points and 11 assists, while TJ Leaf led all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Joining Jackson in double-figures for Long Beach State were Noah Blackwell with 12 points, Griffin with 11 and Roschon Prince who had 10 while making his first start of the season along with Griffin. Gabe Levin ended up just short of a third straight double-double with eight points and nine rebounds on the night.

Long Beach State remains on the road in the coming week. The Beach starts with a trip to Washington, where they will play the Huskies at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. The team will then participate in the Battle4Atlantis Mainland Tournament, facing Binghamton and Florida Gulf Coast over the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

 

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