Feb. 19, 2013
Long Beach State (16-9, 12-2) will face UC Davis (11-13, 7-6) for the first time this season when the Aggies come to the Walter Pyramid on Wednesday for a 7:05 pm game. The 49ers remain in first place in the Big West and will be looking to wrap up another undefeated season at home in conference play. Seniors James Ennis and Peter Pappageorge have never lost a Big West game in the Walter Pyramid and the team will be looking to keep that streak alive on Wednesday night.
LBSU leads the all-time series against the Aggies 16-2, having lost the last seven games.
LAST TIME OUT | LONG BEACH STATE 75, UC RIVERSIDE 35: Long Beach State notched its third-straight win and 25th-consecutive home conference victory as the team shut down the Highlanders. UCR's 35 points scored were the fewest allowed by a 49er team since the 1980-81 season when Irvine scored just 26 points. Tony Freeland led the team with 14 points and five rebounds, while James Ennis recorded his 30th-consecutive game in double-digit scoring with 12.
BIG WEST HOME WIN STREAK ON THE LINE: Long Beach State is riding a 25-game home conference winning streak and will look to wrap up another undefeated home Big West season on Wednesday. The 49ers last home conference loss came in 2010 when they fell to Pacific.
49ERS RECEIVE VOTES IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Long Beach State received 19 votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll, improving on the three votes they had the week prior.
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 (21-3) 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.
MONSON NOTCHES 100TH VICTORY AT LBSU: Head Coach Dan Monson tallied his 100th career victory at LBSU on Feb. 13 when the 49ers defeated Cal State Fullerton. He is the third winningiest coach all-time at Long Beach (101-86) behind only Jerry Tarkanian (122-20) and Seth Greenberg (105-70).
ENNIS CONTINUES TO POST HUGE NUMBERS: Senior James Ennis is currently riding a 30-game double-digit scoring streak and has notched eight games scoring more than 20 points this season. He has led the team in scoring in five of the last nine games, while averaging 32.7 minutes per Big West contest. Ennis has shot 50% or better from the field in each of the last nine games, and he became the first Div. I player this season to tally at least 26 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in the 49ers victory over CSUF on 2/13. The senior also ranks third in the conference in blocked shots (1.4/game), fifth in scoring (17.7 pts.), seventh in field goal percentage (55.3%) and sixth in free throw percentage (84.0%).
CAFFEY CONTINUES SOLID SOPHOMORE SEASON: Mike Caffey's performance against Northridge on 2/9 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. Caffey leads the team in assists with 100, while holding a 1.4 assist to turnover ratio.
PAPPAGEORGE'S BENCH PLAY HAS BEEN BIG: One of the team's captains, Peter 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 (.464, 26-of-56) and has made 17 three-pointers over the last eight games. He made a career-high five three-pointers at Northridge, helping the 49ers defeat the Matadors 83-80, then added 12 points and two steals against Fullerton in the 49ers 85-65 win.
FREELAND'S PLAY BOLSTERS RECENT 49ER WINS: Tony Freeland has been a big factor in recent 49er wins, highlighted by his double-double against Cal State Fullerton (13 pts./12 reb.). He has shot 50% or better in five of the last six games and tallied double-digit scoring in four of the last six games. With Freeland in the starting line-up, the 49ers have notched a record of 14-2 this season.
KING IN STARTING LINE-UP HAS ASSISTED 49ERS: With Keala King in the starting lineup, the 49ers are 11-1. His insertion into the lineup has helped take the burden off of Mike Caffey, keeping him fresh for the amount of minutes he plays. King now ranks third on the team in assists with 49, while holding a 1.3 assist to turnover ratio. He also ranks fifth on the team in scoring (9.0) and fourth in rebounding (5.4).
JENNINGS SOLID IN THE POST: Dan Jennings has been a force in the paint as of late, grabbing rebounds while scoring baskets via lay-in or dunk. Over the last three games, Jennings has shot 50% or better from the field, as well as from the free throw line.
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