Booker Leads Beach To Bounceback Win Over Oregon State
Booker set career highs in both points and assists with his first double-double.
Orlando, Fla. - A fallaway three from Deishuan Booker in the closing seconds of the shot clock with 1:28 remaining capped a tremendous day from the junior, giving the Beach a 68-63 lead on the way to a 74-69 win over Oregon State at the Advocare Invitational.
Fresh off of an opening game defeat yesterday and having fell in Corvallis earlier this week, Long Beach State (3-3) was able to brush those troubles aside to pick up the program's 10th win over a major conference opponent under Dan Monson.
Booker set career highs in both points and assists against Oregon State (2-3), while sharing the scoring load with Gabe Levin, who also had 14 points in just 18 minutes due to foul trouble. The Beach also welcomed a big night from Temidayo Yussuf, who had nine points and seven rebounds.
Finishing with a final line of 14 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks, Booker became the first LBSU player to record 12 assists since Tyrone Mitchell in 1990.
In stark contrast to Thursday, Long Beach State bounded out to an early lead, scoring the first three baskets Friday and holding a 9-3 lead over Oregon State after a three from Barry Ogalue. The Beavers would recover to tie the score three times, including just before the half at 29-29, but Long Beach State never trailed in the first.
A Levin layup put the Beach out in front by four points in the early minutes, but two quick fouls forced the forward out of the game, and Oregon State used that to its advantage. Stephen Thompson Jr. scored the first two of his 21 second-half points to give the Beavers their first lead at 35-33, and the Beavers would pull out in front by as many as seven points at 49-42 with just over ten minutes remaining.
Long Beach State would battle back. Booker cut into the lead with a three-point play, and then an authoritative dunk from Mason Riggins from the point guard cut the lead to two points.
Still trailing by two with 7:34 remaining, the Beach got a boost from the return of Levin off of the bench. The team found Yussuf in the post to tie the game at 53, and after trading two baskets, Gabe Levin put the Beach back out in front with a three at 58-55.
With two minutes to play, Thompson Jr. cut the lead to two points once again at 65-63, but with the shot clock about to expire, Booker absorbed some contact on the way up and buried a three from the top of the key to make the score 68-65. Thompson Jr., cut the lead to 68-65 in the final minute, but the Beach went 7-for-7 from the line in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
"We were all embarrassed by yesterday," said head coach Dan Monson following the game. "When you have mistakes like yesterday, it's how you respond to them. I'm really proud of our guys didn't pout about yesterday, they put it away, and came back and did something about it. We played hard, and played with great passion."
Long Beach State moves on to the fifth-place game at the Advocare Invitational. That game is scheduled to tip off at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, November 26. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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