Career Nights From Alberts, Levin Not Enough In 94-89 loss at Southern Utah
Alberts and Levin combined for 49 points in the loss.
Cedar City, Utah. - Junior Bryan Alberts scored 25 points and Gabe Levin added 24 for the Beach, both career-highs, but Long Beach State came up on the short end of a high-scoring affair at Southern Utah, falling 94-89.
Levin scored 20 of his points in the second half as Long Beach State (4-7) came roaring back from a 10-point deficit, but Southern Utah (5-3) matched LBSU with big nights from two of their stars, as Jadon Cohee and Brandon Better each put up career highs for the Thunderbirds.
Cohee, Southern Utah's leading scorer, finished with 25 points while Better scored 26 to lead all scorers in a fast-paced contest.
Alberts scored the first basket of the game, but Southern Utah established control early, taking a 7-2 lead and never giving it up through the first half. A Better three game the Thunderbirds a nine-point lead at 16-7, but and Alberts three stopped the momentum, and a run of good shooting from the junior was capped by a triple to cut the lead to two points with five minutes left in the half at 28-26.
Southern Utah responded by closing the first half on a 14-7 run that opened up a nine-point cushion. Early in the second half, the Thunderbirds would take their largest lead of the game at 46-36, but the Beach quickly bounced back to win the first five minutes of the second.
A Deishuan Booker layup and a three from Alberts quickly cut the lead in half, and just after five minutes in the half had passed, an Edon Maxhuni steal and breakaway helped the Beach tie the game at 51-51.
Alberts then pushed Long Beach State in front at 57-55 for the first time since the opening basket, and while Southern Utah made another run, Long Beach State once more closed down the lead. Finding Levin on four straight trips down the floor, a three-point play gave LBSU a 74-71 lead, and a three from the big man made the score 77-73 in favor of the 49ers with 6:04 left to go.
Southern Utah answered with a Jadon Cohee three, and the teams would trade leads through the final minutes.
A three-point play by Better with just over a minute put Southern Utah up by two at 88-86, and at the other end, a three from Alberts rimmed out, with a rebounding foul giving the Thunderbirds a shot at making the contest a two-possession game, which they converted and held on the rest of the way.
Long Beach State remains on the road this weekend, heading up to Malibu to face Pepperdine at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 9.
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