Feb. 11, 2013
The first-place 49ers (14-9, 10-2) return home to the Walter Pyramid on Wednesday night to host Cal State Fullerton (5-6, 12-11). The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU at 8:00 pm.
Long Beach State is looking to Blackout the Pyramid, and fans are asked to wear black to the game. T-shirts will also be given away to those in attendance.
The 49ers lead the all-time series 61-43. They defeated the Titans 81-71 in January.
LAST TIME OUT | LONG BEACH STATE 83, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 80:
The 49ers got back in the win column after overcoming an 11-point first half deficit to win 83-80. Long Beach had four players score in double-digits, led by Mike Caffey, who scored 20 of his team and career-high 22 points in the second half. Caffey was perfect from the three-point (4-4) and free throw (2-2) lines in the win.
BIG WEST HOME WIN STREAK ON THE LINE:
Long Beach State is riding a 23-game home conference winning streak and will look to extend it this week when they host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday and UC Riverside on Saturday. The 49ers last home conference loss came in 2010 when they fell to Pacific. Long Beach has also won the last two games against the Titans in the Pyramid.
MONSON LOOKING TO WIN #100 AT LONG BEACH STATE:
Head Coach Dan Monson will be looking to notch win No. 100 at Long Beach State on Wednesday night. He currently has a 99-86 all-time record at LBSU. He is the third winningiest coach all-time at Long Beach behind only Jerry Tarkanian (122-20) and Seth Greenberg (105-70).
49ERS RECEIVE VOTES IN MID-MAJOR POLL:
Long Beach State received three votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll. Last week, they had eight votes.
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. Both will be broadcasted live at 4:00 pm.
49ERS TO FACE STEPHEN F. AUSTIN IN BRACKETBUSTER:
Long Beach State will face Southland Conference's Stephen F. Austin (20-2,) 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 28-game double-digit scoring streak and has notched seven games scoring more than 20 points this season. He has led the team in scoring in four of the last seven games, while averaging 33.2 minutes per Big West contest. Ennis has shot 50% or better from the field in each of the last seven 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, and recorded his fourth double-double of the season (21/10) in the 49ers win at Northridge. Ennis also ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.5/game), seventh in scoring (17.5 pts.), ninth in field goal percentage (54.2%) and seventh in free throw percentage (82.6%).
CAFFEY HAS CAREER NIGHT AGAINST NORTHRIDGE:
Mike Caffey's performance against Northridge was crucial in LBSU defeating the Matadors. He scored 20 of his team-high 22 points in the second half, and shot 100% from the three-point (4-of-4) and free throw (2-of-2) lines. His 22 points were a career-high for the sophomore. He also added five assists in the win.
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 9-1 with both in the starting line-up. King is third on the team in rebounding (5.5) and fifth in scoring (9.0) and has tallied two double-doubles this season. Freeland is fourth in rebounding (4.8) and third in scoring (10.2). 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 six of the last nine games. On the season, Jennings is averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 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 fifth in Big West games for three-point field goal percentage (.467, 21-of-45) and has hit 12-of-24 from behind the arc in the last six games. He made a career-high five three-pointers at Northridge, helping the 49ers defeat the Matadors 83-80.
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