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Long Beach State Opens Big West Play At Home Against Hawai'i

Jan. 3, 2018

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Game:...................................... Long Beach State vs. Hawai’i
Date:........................................... Thursday, January 4, 2018
Time:....................................................................... 7:00 p.m.
Location:.................................................. Long Beach, Calif.
Arena:............................................... Walter Pyramid (4,200)
TV:.............................................................................. ESPN3
TV Talent:................ Sam Farber, Dave Miller, Olivia Phelps
Radio:........................................... HD 88.1-3, 22 West Radio
Radio Talent:.............................................. Jason Schwartz
Webcast:........................................................... WatchESPN
Live Stats:............................................ BeachLiveStats.com

The Last Meeting
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March 9, 2017
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Bibbins Scores Career High 27 Points Lead Beach To Big West Tournament Semifinals
Justin Bibbins scored a career high 27 points with six assists in an effort that will go down with some of Long Beach State's best Big West Tournament performances, leading Long Beach State to a win over Hawai'i 73-62.

RIGHT AWAY
• Long Beach State begins Big West Conference play this Thursday by hosting Hawai’i at 7 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and can also be heard through the Long Beach State Radio Network.

• The Beach was picked to finish fourth in the Big West in the Preseason Media Poll, and had two players selected for the six-man Preseason All-Conference Team in senior Gabe Levin and junior Temidayo Yussuf. While both are in their fourth year in the program, Thursday night has the opportunity to be the first time the two players have played a league game together.

• The Walter Pyramid remains a difficult place for opponents to play. Over the last eight seasons, the Beach has an 81.7 percent winning percentage at home in front of the Long Beach State fans, who consistently fill the pyramid with more fans than any other school in the Big West other than Hawai’i.

• Long Beach State leads the all-time series with Hawai’i 14-10, and has won five straight meetings in the Walter Pyramid. The Beach also has won two straight overall, including a 73-62 win the Big West Tournament quarterfinals. The Rainbow Warriors have won once in Long Beach, in 2007.

• Senior Gabe Levin continues to lead Long Beach State in both scoring and rebounding, and passed the 1,000 point mark in Division I scoring against Eastern Michigan. Over one season at LMU and two-plus at LBSU, Levin has now scored 1,048 points.

• Long Beach State has been easily the quickest paced team in the Big West through the first third of the season. A top-50 tempo team in the country per Ken Pomeroy, LBSU’s up-and-down style in 2017-18 had the Beach start the week second in the conference in average scoring at 74.1 points per game and third in assists at 14.5 per game.

THE PLAYERS
• Junior Deishuan Booker has been putting up outstanding passing numbers in his first season at the Beach. Booker tied the Advocare Invitational record with 27 assists, and is the first player since Long Beach State great Ed Ratleff to have 11 or more assists in back-to-back games. Booker is also first player since Billy Walker in 1988 to have two games with 12 or more assists in his career. The junior college transfer is leading the Big West with 5.7 assists per game, and is chipping in 8.7 points per game as well.

• Senior Gabe Levin has continued his habit of performing at his best against ranked opponents. Levin picked up his first double-double of the year at No. 23 West Virginia, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He then followed that up by leading the team in both scoring and rebounding at No. 2 Michigan State. Levin has eight double-doubles in his career, and is averaging 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season, leading the team in both.

• Booker and Levin became the first two 49ers to each record a double-double in the same game since the 2012-13 season, as Levin finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Booker had 15 points with his 12 assists in the final game of the Advocare Invitational against Nebraska.

• Sophomore Jordan Griffin made his first start of the season against Stanford, and responded with a career-high 21 points, leading the Beach to the win over Cardinal. Griffin is tied for third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game, has scored in double-figures seven times, and is shooting 46.7 percent from 3-point range on the season.

Bryan Alberts set a new career high with 25 points against Southern Utah, and has led the team in scoring six times in 2017-18. Now averaging 14.0 points per game, the Gonzaga graduate transfer is second on the Beach in scoring this season. Despite missing the last three games, Alberts is still among the nation’s leaders in 3-pointers made with 41 this season.

Temidayo Yussuf missed the first four games of the season, but is coming into form in perfect timing for the beginning of league play. Yussuf scored a season-high 18 points against Colorado State, and then again led the team in scoring against Texas A&M International with 15 points. The junior is now averaging 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

Mason Riggins continues to be a solid presence in the post for Long Beach State, and has played in 85 straight games for the Beach. The junior is averaging 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while adding 12 blocks and shooting 62.5 percent from the field in 2017-18.

Edon Maxhuni has also contributed at the point guard position, as the true freshman has scored in double-figures in three games, and is averaging 16.0 minutes per game. Maxhuni has extensive international experience, playing for the Finland Youth National Team in multiple competitions.

KJ Byers continues to showcase his complete game in his first year at Long Beach State after transferring in this season. Byers is one of the team’s leaders defensively, with 15 blocks and 15 steals, and is averaging 4.7 points and 3.6 rebounds on the year.

• Senior Barry Ogalue has started in 11 games in his second competitive season at the Beach after transferring from Yuba CC. Ogalue led the Beach in scoring with 20 points in a win on the road at San Francisco and is averaging 6.7 points per game.

• Junior Breamon Richard made his Division I debut against San Francisco State, playing 19 minutes and scoring four points with two assists. A star across town at Long Beach City College for two seasons, he joins his high school teammate Quentin Shropshire with the 49ers. Shropshire, a former high jumper with the track and field team, is in his second season with the men’s basketball program.

THIS AND THAT
• Through 67 seasons of Long Beach State Men’s Basketball, the program has recorded 992 wins, leaving the 2017-18 team needing 9 more wins to record the 1,000th victory in program history.

• With the start of conference play, Long Beach State is looking to extend its streak finishing in the top half of the league; nine straight seasons of finishing fourth or higher in the Big West. During that time, Long Beach State has captured three Big West titles, and has gone to the postseason four times (1 NCAA, 3 NIT).

• A 76-68 over Stanford in the Walter Pyramid on December 3 was the program’s 11th win over a power conference program under Dan Monson. The win marked the second win over a Pac-12 opponent for the Beach this season after the team’s earlier win against Oregon State, the first time in program history the 49ers have won two games against Pac-12 (or Pac-10) teams in one season.

• For the last four years, Long Beach State has had over 20 games broadcast nationally through its TV partners, and set a record last season with 27 of the team’s 34 games being available on national television. In 2017-18, Long Beach State may have as many as 16 games televised in the regular season, and will have every other game available to view via live stream.

 

 

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