Feb. 21, 2013
The Long Beach State men's basketball team (17-9) will host Stephen F. Austin (22-3) on Friday night at 6:00 pm in a Ramada Worldwide Bracketbuster game, which will be televised live on ESPNU.
Friday's game marks only the second time the two teams have met and the 49ers lead the all-time series 2-0. The last time the 49ers faced the Lumberjacks was in 1991.
LAST TIME OUT | LONG BEACH STATE 71, UC DAVIS 65: The 49ers ended the home conference season undefeated after overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat UC Davis in the teams first meeting this season. Keala King led the team with a season-high 22 points, while Tony Freeland equaled his season-high with 18. James Ennis extended his double-digit scoring streak to 31 games as he tallied 15 points. Dan Jennings grabbed a career and team-high 11 rebounds.
BIG WEST HOME WIN STREAK AT 26 GAMES: Long Beach State ended the 2012-13 home conference season undefeated after defeating UC Davis on 2/20. They end the season on a 26-game home win streak in Big West games, and seniors James Ennis and Peter Pappageorge end their careers undefeated in the Pyramid for conference games. 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.
FINAL FOUR REGULAR SEASON LBSU GAMES ON TELEVISION: Long Beach's game against Stephen F. Austin will be televised live on ESPNU, while the UC Irvine game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports West (3/2 at 4:00 pm). ESPN2 will televise the 49ers game at UC Davis on 3/7 (7:00 pm) and Fox Sports West will air the final regular season game at Pacific on 3/9 (4:00 pm). In all, the 49ers had 15 games televised during the regular season.
MONSON ON TRACK TO BE SECOND-WINNINGEST COACH 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 (102-86) behind only Jerry Tarkanian (122-20) and Seth Greenberg (105-70), and is on track to move into second all-time in the coming weeks.
ENNIS DOES IT ALL FOR 49ERS: Whether it's a highlight-reel dunk, three-pointer from NBA range, draining free throws or stealing the ball, senior James Ennis has consistently shown why he is a candidate for Big West Player of the Year, as well as in the running for All-District and All-American honors. He has scored in double-digits in 31-consecutive games and became the first Division I player to tally at least 26 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in the 49ers victory over CSUF on 2/13. A complete all-around player, Ennis ranks in the top 10 in the Big West in a multitude of categories including: scoring (6th), FG percentage (8th), FT percentage (3rd), steals (1st), 3-pt FG made (10th), blocked shots (3rd), defensive rebounds (9th) and minutes played (9thT).
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 104, while holding a 1.5 assist to turnover (9th in Big West) 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 third in Big West games for three-point field goal percentage (.475, 28-of-59) and has made 19 three-pointers over the last nine 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 six of the last seven games and tallied double-digit scoring in five of the last seven games. Against UC Davis on 2/20, Freeland equaled his career-high with 18 points. With Freeland in the starting line-up, the 49ers have notched a record of 15-2 this season. Freeland ranks third in the conference in FG percentage with .598.
KING IN STARTING LINE-UP HAS ASSISTED 49ERS: With Keala King in the starting lineup, the 49ers are 12-1. 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 51, while holding a 1.2 assist to turnover ratio. He also ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.9) and is tied for third in rebounding (5.3). Against UC Davis, King scored a season and team-high 22 points.
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. He has shot 50% or better from the field in three of the last four games, as well as from the free throw line. Against UC Davis, Jennings grabbed a career and team-high 11 rebounds.
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