LBSU Looks to Return to Win Column on Saturday at CSUN
Feb. 8, 2013
Long Beach State (13-9, 9-2) heads to Cal State Northridge (4-8, 13-11) on Saturday for a 7:00 pm match-up as the team will look to get back in the win column after falling to Hawai'i on Thursday evening.
The 49ers still stand in first-place despite being defeated by the Warriors. Northridge defeated Irvine on Thursday evening and stand in eighth-place in the Big West.
LBSU leads the all-time series 41-28 and have won the last seven games.
LAST TIME OUT | HAWAI'I 94, LBSU 73: Hawai'i ended LBSU's eight-game win streak behind a hot-shooting first-half. The Warriors shot 59% from the field and 58% from the three-point line to help them lead by 33 at the halftime break (53-20). LBSU fought back in the second behind a tough full court pressure defense and 15 steals, but could not close the scoring gap as they got no closer than 14 points to Hawai'i's lead. Four players scored in double-digits for the 49ers, including James Ennis, who extended his double-digit scoring streak to 27 games.
49ERS WIN STREAK COMES TO AN END: Hawai'i ended LBSU's eight-game win streak, which started after the 49ers fell to Cal Poly on Jan. 3. Despite the win streak ending, the 49ers still stand in first-place in the Big West.
49ERS RECEIVE VOTES IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Long Beach State received eight votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll after extending its win streak to eight games by defeating UCSB and Cal Poly last week.
TV SELECTIONS MADE FOR UC IRVINE & PACIFIC GAME: Fox Sports West will air both the March 2 UC Irvine game and March 9 Pacific game at 4:00 pm.
49ERS TO FACE STEPHEN F. AUSTIN IN BRACKETBUSTER: Long Beach State will face Southland Conference's Stephen F. Austin (18-2, 9-1) on Friday, Feb. 22 in a Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster game. The contest will be televised live on ESPNU at 6:00 pm (PT).
THE 49ERS ON THE INTERNET: Rob Brender will provide play-by-play for the fourth consecutive season. All games can be heard on longbeachstate.com.
ENNIS PLAYING LIKE AN ALL-AMERICAN: Senior James Ennis is currently riding a 27-game double-digit scoring streak and has notched six games scoring more than 20 points this season. He has led the team in scoring in four of the last six games, while averaging 33.1 minutes per Big West contest. Ennis has shot 50% or better from the field in each of the last six games. His two made free throws against Cal Poly on Feb. 2 sealed the 49ers' eighth straight victory. He tallied a career-high six steals in the 49ers loss at Hawai'i. Ennis also ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.5/game), sixth in scoring (17.2 pts.), 10th in field goal percentage (54.3%) and fifth in free throw percentage (84.1%).
CAFFEY PILOTING THE 49ERS: Sophomore guard Mike Caffey has taken the reins of the 49er offense this season, replacing two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year Casper Ware at point guard. This season, Caffey leads the 49ers with 91 assists and is averaging 11.9 points per game, second on the team. His seven-game double-digit scoring streak ended against UC Irvine on Jan. 26 when he scored just seven points, but he returned to double-digit scoring against UCSB, tallying 10 points. Caffey is second on the team in steals with 33 and has a 1.3 assist to turnover ratio through 22 games, helped greatly by a career-high nine assists at No. 4 Syracuse. Caffey is also averaging 13.3 points per game in Big West action.
FREELAND & KING THRIVING IN STARTING ROLES: Transfers Tony Freeland (DePaul) and Keala King (Arizona State) became eligible for the Dec. 29 Pacific game after sitting out the required year by the NCAA and have been key contributors to the 49ers first-place showing in the Big West. Long Beach State is now 8-1 with both in the starting line-up. King is third on the team in rebounding (5.4) and fifth in scoring (9.1) and has tallied two double-doubles this season. Freeland is fourth in rebounding (5.2) and third in scoring (10.8). Against Hawai'i, he scored a season-high 18 points.
JENNINGS IN THE POST: Junior center Dan Jennings is in his first season playing for Long Beach State after transferring from West Virginia, and has been a solid contributor in the Long Beach lineup, scoring in double-figures in seven games this year, while shooting 50% or better in each of the last five of eight games. On the season, Jennings is averaging 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, and has had some of his best performances of the season on the biggest stage. At No. 4 Syracuse, Jennings led the 49ers with a career high 20 points and three blocks while adding seven rebounds, and then scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards at No. 7 Ohio State. Jennings was also one point away from a double-double against No. 11 North Carolina, scoring nine points with a career-best 10 rebounds. In his highest-scoring effort, Jennings scored a career-high 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting at UCLA.
PAPPAGEORGE SPOTTING UP: One of the team's captains, Pappageorge has been a key bench player for the 49ers this season. He currently ranks sixth in Big West games for three-point field goal percentage (.457, 16-of-35) and has hit 7-of-14 from behind the arc in the last five games.