Career Nights From Levin, Alberts Not Enough In Loss At No. 23 West Virginia
Levin and Alberts both matched career highs in the loss.
Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Gabe Levin finished with a double-double, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds while Bryan Alberts added a career-high 20 points, but No. 23 West Virginia recovered after a strong start from the Beach and pulled away for a 91-62 victory Monday night.
In a non-bracketed game of the Advocare Invitational, Levin matched his career high in scoring and the third double-double of his LBSU career against a ranked foe, battling with the Mountaineers and carrying Long Beach State (2-2) to an early lead in Morgantown.
Levin scored Long Beach State's first seven points as the Beach survived the early pressure from West Virginia (3-1), opening up a 9-3 lead over the first three minutes. The Mountaineers pulled even at 9-9 on the back of a pair of threes, though the Beach was within one with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
West Virginia would establish a more comfortable margin, but LBSU held things close enough, trailing by eight at 37-29 after Levin hit a three-pointer to make the score 37-29. The Mountaineers closed out the half on a 10-1 run over the final two minutes of the first that proved to be the undoing of the 49ers' chances.
"I thought we did a lot of good things, but against a team of that magnitude, you have to have 40 minutes of solid basketball, and I thought the last two minutes of the first half doomed us," said head coach Dan Monson. "They're so explosive, you can't let a team like that end the half in that fashion."
Through the second half, Long Beach State never made any significant inroads into the West Virginia lead, despite 12 second-points from Alberts, who tied a career high with six made three-pointers in the loss while increasing career scoring mark by an additional point for the third consecutive game.
Long Beach State will now travel to Orlando, Fla. to play three games as part of the Advocare Invitational. Each game of the tournament will be carried on ESPN networks, as the Beach will start play against Missouri on Thanksgiving morning at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
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