March 8, 2013
The 49ers (18-11, 14-3) will wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they face Pacific (18-12, 12-5) at 4:00 pm in Stockton. The game will be televised on Fox Sports West. Long Beach State has already locked up the No. 1 season in the Big West Tournament after defeating UC Davis on Thursday night, but will be looking to end the regular season on a two-game win streak. Saturday's game also marks the home finale for Pacific's Head Coach Bob Thomason, who is retiring at the end of this season.
The 49ers opened up the conference season with a win over Pacific on Dec. 29.
Saturday's game will be broadcasted live on Kbeach.org with Rob Brender calling the plays. Fans can download the Kbeach app and listen on their smart phones or link to the stream via LongBeachState.com.LAST TIME OUT | LBSU 77, UC DAVIS 76: Long Beach State overcame a seven-point second half defiicit to defeat UC Davis and clinch its third straight Big West regular season crown. James Ennis led the team with his seventh double-double of the season (24 pts/14 reb), while Tony Freeland notched a season-high 21 points in the win.
LBSU WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT BIG WEST TITLE: With its win over Davis, LBSU clinched its third straight regular season crown, giving the team the No. 1 seed in next week's Big West tournament. LBSU became the first team since UNLV in the 80s to win three straight outright titles. The win also marks the first time the 49ers have won three straight since the team won six from 1970-75.
49ERS RECEIVE VOTES IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Long Beach State received 11 votes in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll, despite falling to UC Irvine on March 2. Last week, the 49ers received 14 votes. They are the only Big West team receiving any votes in the poll.
ENNIS NAMED FINALIST FOR LOU HENSON AWARD: Senior guard James Ennis has been named one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, giving annually to the top Mid-Major player. in college basketball. There is a fan vote that constitutes 33% of the final vote for the winner. Visit VoteLouHenson.com to vote for Ennis.
MONSON ON TRACK TO BECOME 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 (103-87) 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.
BIG WEST TOURNAMENT SINGLE-GAME TICKETS: Fans can purchase tickets at the Honda Center Box Office (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays), Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.
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 favorite 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 34-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 Big West games in a multitude of categories, including his first-place ranking in steals. Against UC Davis, Ennis tallied his seventh double-double and ninth game above 20 points this season (24 pts/14 reb.).
CAFFEY CONTINUES SOLID SOPHOMORE SEASON: Mike Caffey had a career night against Stephen F. Austin in the Bracketbuster game, scoring a team-high 24 points. He set career marks in points scored and field goals attempted (10) as he shot 50% from the field. Against UCI, he tallied a team-high 23 points, while making a career-high five three-pointers. Caffey leads the team in assists with 110, while holding a 1.3 assist to turnover (10th 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 fifth in Big West games for three-point field goal percentage (.455, 30-of-66) and has made 22 three-pointers over the last 12 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 nine of the last 10 games and tallied a season-high 21 points at UC Davis on 3/7. With Freeland in the starting line-up, the 49ers have notched a record of 16-4 this season. Freeland ranks third in the conference in FG percentage with .588.
KING IN STARTING LINE-UP HAS ASSISTED 49ERS: With Keala King in the starting lineup, the 49ers are 12-3. 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 57, while holding a 1.2 assist to turnover ratio. He also ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.7) and is 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 was one rebound shy of his first career double-double against UC Irvine, scoring 10 points, while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Against UC Davis on 2/20, Jennings grabbed a career and team-high 11 rebounds.
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