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Men's Basketball To Play Last Road Game At Cal State Northridge Thursday

March 5, 2014

Long Beach, Calif. -

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Game: Long Beach State at Cal State Northridge
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Northridge, Calif.
Arena: The Matadome (1,600)
TV: None
TV Talent: None
Radio: KBEACH.org; HD 88.1-3
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
Webcast: BigWest.org/TV
Live Stats: longbeachstate.com

The Last Meeting
Cal State Northridge62
Long Beach State76
January 25, 2014
Walter Pyramid
49ers Ride Big Nights From Caffey, Jennings To 76-62 Victory Over Cal State Northridge
With Hall of Fame coach and former 49er leader Jerry Tarkanian in the house, Long Beach State rolled to a 76-62 victory over Cal State Northridge, extending the 49ers' winning streak over the Matadors to nine straight games.

• The 49ers close up road play in the regular season with their final away game in the Big West, traveling to Cal State Northridge Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Matadome.

• With 18 points February 15 against Cal Poly, junior Mike Caffey blew past the 1,000 point milestone at Long Beach State, becoming the 23rd player to reach the pleteau. Caffey passed two more players Saturday with 22 points at Cal State Fullerton, and now ranks as the No. 17 all-time scorer at Long Beach State.

• Caffey received Preseason All-Big West honors, one of six players picked one season after earning First-Team All-Big West honors as a sophomore. Caffey is leading the 49ers in scoring with 16.2 points per game, ranking seventh in the Big West and has scored over 20 points 10 times on the year. Caffey is also leading the team with 119 assists, and is third in rebounding with 4.5 boards per game. His 34.93 minutes per game average is also second in the Big West this season.

• Since the arrival of Travis Hammonds and Tyler Lamb, the 49ers have turned things around after a 1-9 start. Defensively, the team has been competitive, making the team's offensive output the key to victory. The key number is shooting 35%; Since Dec. 19, the team is 12-2 when passing that number while going 0-4 when shooting under that mark. The only two losses when shooting over that mark came against UCSB on a buzzer-beater and last Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.

• Rob Brender returns for his fifth season of play-by-play for Long Beach State. His audio call can be found at kbeach.org and on 88.1-3 HD Radio or via the KBEACH Radio App. Jason Schwartz will continue to fill in for Brender in his absence.

Tyler Lamb, a junior transfer from UCLA, became eligible for the 49ers on December 19, and has immediately had a huge impact. Lamb scored 20 points off of the bench against USC, helping the 49ers earn their first win over a Pac-12 opponent at home since 1999 in a 72-71 win. Lamb has scored in double-figures in 15 of the 18 games he's played with the 49ers, and is averaging 15.3 points per game.

• Senior Dan Jennings continues to put up big numbers for the 49ers in his final season. Jennings ranks fourth in the Big West in rebounding with 8.2 rebounds per game, and is third on the 49ers with 10.1 points per game. Four times Jennings has led the 49ers in scoring, and has topped the team in rebounding 19 times in 2013-14, including recording his seventh double-double of the year against Hawai'i with 13 points and 10 rebounds; his second straight double-double. Jennings also became the first 49er in two years to have a perfect day from the field, shooting 6-for-6 against Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25.

• After scoring 12 points against Loyola Marymount, junior A.J. Spencer has secured a spot in the starting lineup, scoring in double-figures in 12 times. The junior college transfer helped lift the 49ers over Hawai'i on the road scoring a career-high 24 points, and is fourth on the team with an 9.0 ppg average.

• Junior college transfer David Samuels picked up his second double-double of the year against UC Davis, putting up 10 points and 10 rebounds against the Aggies. Samuels finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds at NC State while recording his first double-double earlier in the season. His 5.3 rebounds per game rank 14th in the Big West, and second on the team behind Jennings.

• The 49ers also bring in freshman Travis Hammonds, who joined Long Beach State after enrolling for the spring semester. Hammonds is a 6-6 guard who hails from Columbia, S.C., and had an outstanding game against UCI, leading The Beach with 12 points. His true breakout came against UC Davis however, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting with six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead the 49ers over the Aggies. The true freshman picked up his first double-double at UC Irvine with 10 points and 10 rebounds, the third 49er of the year to record a double-double. Hammonds ranks fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 6.1 points per game with 3.1 boards per game.

• Originally serving as a backup to Mike Caffey, Branford Jones forced his way into the starting lineup as an extra ball-handler against VCU, and responded with a breakout game, scoring 19 points in 37 minutes with just one turnover against VCU's havoc defense. The redshirt freshman is continuing to showcase much of the promise the guard showed before going down with an ankle injury in the first game of the year last season. Jones currently ranks seventh on the team in scoring, averaging 5.1 points per game and is second on the team with 50 assists.

Charles Lockett remains on a redshirt year, and senior forward Edgar Garibay is out for the year with an ACL tear.

• Long Beach State has enjoyed one of their best runs against a conference opponent against Cal State Northridge, having won nine straight games against the Matadors, and three straight on the road.

• In the first meeting between the teams, Mike Caffey led Long Beach State in scoring with 23 points, while Dan Jennings had a monster game,finishing with a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while being perfect from the floor, 6-of-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.

• Cal State Northridge will be having their own senior night on Thursday, honoring Dominique Youmans, as well as one of their top players, Josh Greene.

• Greene holds seven CSUN school records, and appears in the school's Top 10 26 times. Greene has made 219 career 3-pointers, a school record, and is averaging 15.6 points per game this season, one of three Matadors averaging over 15 points per game.

• Cal State Northridge is led in scoring by Stephen Maxwell at 18.1 points per game, while Stephan Hicks is second with 16.6 points per game, and both average over five rebounds per game as well, with Maxwell leading the squad with 9.0 boards per game while Hicks averages 6.7.

• Long Beach State ends the regular season by hosting UC Riverside Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Walter Pyramid. At the conclusion of the contest, the 49ers will honor their two seniors, Edgar Garibay and Dan Jennings.