Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State at UC Davis
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Davis, Calif.
Arena: The Pavilion (5,670)
TV Talent: Sam Farber, Richie Schueler
Radio: KBEACH.org; HD 88.1-3
Radio Talent: Anthony Masterson
Live Stats: ucdavisaggies.com
• The Beach will play their final road game of the year, facing UC Davis at 5 p.m. It will be a hostile environment, as the Aggies anticipate a sellout crowd for the game which will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
• Junior point guard Justin Bibbins was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, an honor given to the Mid Major Player of the Year, and the preseason All-Big West selection has played well this season. He is second on the team in scoring, and leads the Beach at 4.5 assists per game.
• Bibbins is just four assists from joining the career Top 10 in assists at the Beach, and became the 14th player in school history to make 100 3-pointers Thursday against Cal Poly.
• LBSU continues to lead the Big West in scoring, and have five players averaging double-figures in conference play. Evan Payne is averaging 16.4 points per game, just in front of Justin Bibbins who is averaging 14.9 points per game. Roschon Prince is averaging 13.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, while Temidayo Yussuf is adding 12.9 points per game. Noah Blackwell was also averaging 13.0 points per game prior to his injury, and enters Saturday’s game scoring 11.4 points per game in league play.
• A transfer from LMU, Evan Payne has helped carry the scoring load in his first season at Long Beach State, leading the team in scoring 14 times and averaging 15.5 points per game, best on the team. Payne passed 1,000 points scored between his time at LMU and LBSU in week one, and is the career leader in Division I scoring on the team, now with over 1,400 points in three seasons.
• LBSU has been fantastic from the free throw line in 2016-17, now shooting 71.8 percent from the charity stripe. That would be the third-best single-season mark in school history. Leading the way individually are Evan Payne and Justin Bibbins, who both rank in the league’s Top 5.
• Roschon Prince has really come on of late. The junior has now has eight double-doubles this season, the latest coming in a 21 point, 14 rebound effort at Cal State Fullerton. In Big West play, Prince is the league’s No. 2 rebounder at 9.6 boards per game, and the junior recently had double-figure rebounds in seven straight games, putting up five double-doubles in that time. His 14.3 points per game in conference play are also 11th in the Big West.
• Long Beach State has played without Noah Blackwell since the end of January, but the sophomore returned Thursday following a foot injury that cost him six games. Blackwell was leading the conference in 3-pointers made, and averaging 13.0 points per game in Big West play prior to his injury.
• Temidayo Yussuf has solidified the other frontcourt position alongside Prince, starting in 13 consecutive games. Yussuf has now scored in double-figures in 9 of his last 13 games, and is averaging 8.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 2016-17 after missing last season on a medical redshirt. Yussuf’s numbers are even better in league play, averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and the sophomore has twice score more than 20 points, most recently with 24 against Cal Poly.
• Sophomore Mason Riggins picked up his first double-double in the last meeting against UC Davis, grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds along with 10 points. The sophomore is averaging 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his second full season at the Beach.
• Long Beach State’s trio of freshmen are continuing to press for more time on the court this season. Loren Jackson is averaging 6.2 points and 1.6 assists per game as the primary backup point guard to Justin Bibbins, and is averaging 19.4 minutes per game. Guard Jordan Griffin is averaging nearly four points per game in his first season, while Javonntie Jackson has started nine games in his first year at the Beach, averaging just under two points and rebounds per game as a versatile defensive presence.
• Junior college transfer Barry Ogalue has been a sparkplug off of the bench. The Yuba CC transfer scored a career high 21 points against the Master’s, and is now averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in an average of under 10 minutes per game.
• Among the reserves, the team’s lone senior, Anson Moye is back for his fourth and final season and has started five times this year, and is taking an increased role as a defensive stopper. Two-sport athlete Quentin Shropshire will also continue to play forward with the Beach after previously competing with the Big West Champion Men’s Track and Field program.
• Junior Gabe Levin had an outstanding start to the season, putting up three double-doubles, including two against back-to-back ranked opponents in North Carolina and Louisville. Scoring in double-figures in 12 games, Levin led the team in rebounding, but suffered a knee injury prior to conference play and is out for the season after undergoing successful surgery. Levin was one of seven players selected for the preseason All-Big West team before the start of the season.
• Long Beach State announced the signing of Jordan Roberts in November period; a 6-8 guard out of Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield. An athletic wing player with Ridgeview High School, Roberts averaged just under 14 points and nine rebounds per game while adding 3.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the Central Section finalists that finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 28-3 overall record.
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