LBSU Hits The Road To Face UC Riverside Saturday
Tipoff in Riverside is set for 6 p.m.
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State at UC Riverside
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Riverside, Calif.
Arena: SRC Arena (2,753)
TV Talent: None
Radio: HD 88.1-3, 22 West Radio
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
Live Stats: gohighlanders.com
• Long Beach State continues Big West play Saturday, hitting the road to face UC Riverside for a contest that will tip at 6 p.m. Follow the action live on 22 West Radio.
• UC Riverside picked up one of the conference’s signature wins in the non-conference, winning at California to open the season, but holds an overall record of 5-12 and is winless in conference play. The Highlanders will play their second straight game at home Saturday, after UC Davis pulled away late to beat UCR 75-65.
• The Beach has won four straight games against UC Riverside, and leads the all-time series 36-11. Long Beach State also won the last meeting in Riverside, a 78-71 victory last February.
• Senior Gabe Levin was the star of Thursday’s win against CSUN, scoring a career-high 29 points with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Over one season at LMU and two-plus at LBSU, Levin has now scored 1,114 points, and he has an outside chance at becoming the 24th 1,000 point scorer at LBSU in just three seasons.
• The conference opener against Hawai’i marked the first time that preseason All-Big West selections Gabe Levin and Temidayo Yussuf had played a conference game together, and the result was impressive as both finished with 18 points as the Beach rolled to an 89-81 win over the Rainbow Warriors in a high scoring affair. Both players have scored in double figures in every Big West game thus far.
• Long Beach State has been easily the quickest paced team in the Big West through the first half of the season. A top-50 tempo team in the country per Ken Pomeroy, LBSU’s up-and-down style in 2017-18 sees the Beach second in scoring at 75.1 points per game and also third with 13.7 assists per game.
• 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 5.3 assists per game, and is chipping in 9.9 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 16.2 points and 7.1 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.
• Temidayo Yussuf missed the first four games of the season, but is coming into form in perfect timing for the beginning of league play. Scoring in double-figures in each of the last five games, including two 18-point games, Yussuf is now averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
• 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 fifth on the team in scoring at 7.5 points per game, has scored in double-figures seven times, and is shooting 42.4 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, but has missed the last six games due to injury.
• Mason Riggins continues to be a solid presence in the post for Long Beach State, and has played in 88 straight games for the Beach. The junior is averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while adding 14 blocks and shooting 62.7 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 15.6 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 19 steals, and is averaging 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds on the year. His rebounding numbers in league play have been especially impressive, leading the team at 7.7 per game.
• Senior Barry Ogalue has started in 13 games in his second competitive season at the Beach after transferring from Yuba CC. Ogalue has scored at least 20 points twice this season, most recently tying his career high with 21 points in the league opener against Hawai’i, and is averaging 7.5 points per game.
• Junior Breamon Richard made his Division I debut against Texas A&M International, 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.
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