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Game: Long Beach State vs. Hawai’i
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid (4,200)
TV Talent: Trent Rush, Dave Miller
Radio: KBEACH.org; HD 88.1-3
Radio Talent: Anthony Masterson
Live Stats: beachlivestats.com
• Long Beach State closes the regular season at home on Saturday at 5 p.m., hosting Hawai’i in the Walter Pyramid. Prior to the game Long Beach State will honor their lone senior, Anson Moye, in a senior day recognition.
• Moye has started six games at Long Beach State, including five this season as the former walk-on has developed into a key defensive role player for the Beach in his fourth season with the 49ers.
• Long Beach State looks to close out another strong season at home; the Beach is 9-2 in 2016-17 in the Walter Pyramid, and over the last seven seasons have gone 73-15 at home, winning over 80% of their games.
• 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 4.6 assists per game.
• Bibbins’ numbers in conference have also been stellar. The junior enters the final game leading the league in both assists and free throw percentage, ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage, and ranks in the top ten in steals, scoring and assist/turnover ratio.
• Bibbins has now reached the Top 10 in career assists at Long Beach State, passing Bobby Sears with 329 assists in three seasons at LBSU.
• LBSU has been fantastic from the free throw line in 2016-17, now shooting 72.1 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.
• LBSU continues to lead the Big West in scoring, and have five players averaging double-figures in conference play. Evan Payne is averaging 15.7 points per game, just in front of Justin Bibbins who is averaging 14.7 points per game. Roschon Prince is averaging 13.7 points and 9.4 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 11.0 points per game in league play.
• Five different players for Long Beach State have recorded a double-double this season, the most in the Big West. Temidayo Yussuf joined Mason Riggins with one this season after scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds in the 49ers’ last game against UC Davis, while Roschon Prince (8) and Gabe Levin (3) have recorded multiple double-doubles this season. Additionally, Justin Bibbins recorded the only double-double not with rebounds this season, making 11 assists with 11 points in Long Beach State’s January 7 win over UC Riverside.
• 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 15.1 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.
• 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 9.4 boards per game, and the junior recently had double-figure rebounds in seven straight games, putting up five double-doubles in that time. His 13.7 points per game in conference play are also 13th in the Big West.
• Long Beach State played without Noah Blackwell throughout most of February, but the sophomore returned Feb. 23rd 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 14 consecutive games. Yussuf has now scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 14 games, and is averaging 9.0 points and 4.2 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 5.7 rebounds per game, and the sophomore has twice scored more than 20 points, most recently with 24 against Cal Poly.
• Sophomore Mason Riggins picked up his first double-double in the team’s first 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 6.3 points and 1.6 assists per game as the primary backup point guard to Justin Bibbins, and is averaging 19.7 minutes per game. Guard Jordan Griffin is averaging just over three 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 1.6 rebounds per game in an average of under 10 minutes per game.
• 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, and has played increased minutes of late, scoring four points against Cal Poly before grabbing three rebounds in nine minutes against UC Davis.
• 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.
THIS AND THAT
• With a win over Hawai’i, Long Beach State is locked into a rematch with the Rainbow Warriors Thursday, March 9 in the Big West Tournament. A loss will result in the Beach either facing UH or Cal State Fullerton, depending on the result of the Titans’ game with CSUN Saturday.
• In the last three years, Long Beach State has had a national broadcast of more than 20 games in each year, including a program record of 25 in 2014-15. That’s more than any other program in the Big West, and an average of 70% of the 49ers’ contests. This season, 25 of the team’s regular season games will be televised, with the opening round of the Big West Tournament setting a new program record.
• Head Coach Dan Monson is the winningest coach at Long Beach State, with more victories than basketball luminaries such as Jerry Tarkanian, Tex Winter, and Seth Greenberg who have also coached at the Beach. Now with 104 conference wins in 10 seasons, Monson is the 7th coach in Big West history to record 100 conference wins. Under Monson, Long Beach State has also made the postseason in four out of the last six seasons.
• Over the past eight seasons, Long Beach State has ranked no lower than sixth in the nation in non-conference strength of schedule, and the Beach has ranked in the top four in each of the last five years, including leading the nation both in 2012-13 and last season.
• The slate wasn’t any easier in the non-conference schedule in 2016-17 for Long Beach State, ending up as the fourth strongest in the nation per Ken Pomeroy. The Beach played four teams currently in the Top 15 in Kansas, Louisville, UCLA and North Carolina and faced six teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
• LBSU’s first return to the Walter Pyramid came after a nine-game road swing that totaled 15,125 miles in travel, and featured games against four teams now ranked in the Top 15: North Carolina, Louisville, UCLA and Kansas. In total, Long Beach State traveled 23,000 miles in the course of the non-conference slate.
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