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Long Beach State Heads To UC Riverside



Feb. 8, 2014

Long Beach, Calif. -

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Game: Long Beach State at UC Riverside
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Riverside, Calif.
Arena: SRC Arena (2,753)
TV: ESPN3
TV Talent: Sam Farber, Jon Crispin
Radio: KBEACH.org; HD 88.1-3
Radio Talent: Rob Brender
Webcast: ESPN3
Live Stats: longbeachstate.com

The Last Meeting
UC Riverside35
Long Beach State75
February 16, 2013
Long Beach, Calif.
49ers Crush Highlanders for Third Straight Win
Long Beach State (16-9, 12-2) easily took care of UC Riverside (2-11, 5-20) on Saturday evening, extending its win streak to three games to remain in command of the Big West lead.

RIGHT AWAY

• Junior Mike Caffey received Preseason All-Big West honors, one of six players picked one season after earning First-Team All-Big West honors as a sophomore. Caffey is leading the 49ers in scoring with 17.0 points per game, ranking fifth in the Big West and has scored over 20 points nine times on the year, including three out of the last five games. Caffey is also leading the team with 92 assists, and is third in rebounding with 4.6 boards per game. His 34.77 minutes per game average is also the highest in the Big West this season. Caffey passed 900 points scored in his career against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25, and is rapidly closing in on becoming Long Beach State's 23rd 1,000 point scorer.

• Caffey is within reach of passing 1,000 carer points this week; he needs 29 more points to reach the plateau and start making his way up a list of former great 49ers. First on the list is NBA great Bryon Russell, who scored 1,003 points in four seasons at The Beach, followed by George Trapp, a great on Jerry Tarkanian's 70's teams.

• Since the arrival of Travis Hammonds and Tyler Lamb, the 49ers have turned things around after a 1-9 start. Defensively, the team has been competitive, making the team's offensive output the key to victory. The key number is shooting 35%; Since Dec. 19, the team is 8-0 when passing that number while going 0-4 when shooting under that mark.

THE PLAYERS
Tyler Lamb, a junior transfer from UCLA, became eligible for the 49ers on December 19, and has immediately had a huge impact. Lamb scored 20 points off of the bench against USC, helping the 49ers earn their first win over a Pac-12 opponent at home since 1999 in a 72-71 win. Lamb has scored in double-figures in 9 of the 12 games he's played with the 49ers, and is averaging 14.9 points per game.

• Senior Dan Jennings continues to put up big numbers for the 49ers in his final season. Jennings ranks fourth in the Big West in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game, and is third on the 49ers with 10.0 points per game. Four times Jennings has led the 49ers in scoring, and has topped the team in rebounding 13 times in 2013-14, including recording his fifth double-double of the year against CSUN with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jennings also became the first 49er in two years to have a perfect day from the field, shooting 6-for-6 against the Matadors.

• After scoring 12 points against Loyola Marymount, junior A.J. Spencer has secured a spot in the starting lineup, scoring in double-figures in ten times. The junior college transfer recently helped lift the 49ers over Hawai'i scoring a career-high 24 points, and is fourth on the team with an 9.0 ppg average.

• Junior college transfer David Samuels picked up his second double-double of the year against UC Davis, putting up 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Aggies. Samuels finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds at NC State while recording his first double-double earlier in the season. His 5.6 rebounds per game rank 14th in the Big West, and second on the team behind Jennings.

• Originally serving as a backup to Mike Caffey, Branford Jones forced his way into the starting lineup as an extra ball-handler against VCU, and responded with a breakout game, scoring 19 points in 37 minutes with just one turnover against VCU's havoc defense. The redshirt freshman is continuing to showcase much of the promise the guard showed before going down with an ankle injury in the first game of the year last season. Jones currently ranks seventh on the team in scoring, averaging 5.2 points per game and is second on the team with 44 assists.

• The 49ers also bring in freshman Travis Hammonds, who joined Long Beach State after enrolling for the spring semester. Hammonds is a 6-6 guard who hails from Columbia, S.C., and had an outstanding game against UCI, leading The Beach with 12 points. His true breakout came against UC Davis however, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the 49ers over the Aggies. The true freshman picked up his first double-double at UC Irvine with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the third 49er of the year to record a double-double.

ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE
• Long Beach State owns an eight-game winning streak over UC Riverside, dating back to a pair of overtime losses, both coming on the road in Riverside, closing out the 2008-09 season and in the first meeting of the 2009-10 season.

• Long Beach State had its largest win of the season in the last meeting between the teams in 2013. Tony Freeland led the 49ers with 14 points, but it was the defensive effort that led to the blowout in a 75-35 win in the Walter Pyramid.

• The last meeting at SRC Arena was a much different story, with the 49ers needing overtime to push past the Highlanders 91-82 on January 17, 2013.

• The 2013-14 Highlanders have three scorers in double-figures, led by Chris Patton, who averages 13.3 points per game. Taylor Johns and Sam Finley are also averaging over 10 points per game this season.

• Johns is an outstanding rebounder, sitting just on top of Jennings in the Big West rebounding lists with 8.0 rebounds per game, third in the conference this season.

• In Big West Conference play, Finley has led the way with 16.8 points per game, while Johns is still one of the league's top rebounders at 7.4 boards per game to go with a 13.0 ppg average.

UP NEXT
• Long Beach State will remain on ESPN3 for their next game, hosting UC Santa Barbara in another game between teams at the top of the conference standings. Tip-Off for that game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

 

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