49ers address media, practice in preparation for NCAA Tournament
The 49ers open the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Rose Garden in Portland Thursday when they play New Mexico at 1:10 p.m.
March 14, 2012
The Long Beach State men's basketball team addressed the media and held an open practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. in preparation for their NCAA Tournament second round match up with New Mexico set for Thursday at 1:10 p.m.
Seniors Larry Anderson, Eugene Phelps, T.J. Robinson and Casper Ware spoke to the media about their season thus far and the team's focus of not only making the NCAA's, but now having a run in the tournament.
"We worked really hard this year to get to this point and we don't want it to end now," said Ware. "Coach talked about our legacy and we're trying to make that legacy a great one."
Coach Dan Monson, having guided the Forty-Niners to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his five years with LBSU, discussed the keys to Long Beach State having a successful game.
"The biggest thing we have to do is play well," said Monson. "Sometimes you get to this level and you forget how you got here. We got here because we're a good basketball team and we played well together."
Following the press conference, Long Beach State practiced on the Rose Garden floor in front of fans for forty minutes.
The 12th seeded Big West Conference champion 49ers will face fifth seeded New Mexico, the tournament champions of the Mountain West Conference, Thursday, March 15 at 1:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on TBS.
The Nugget Pub and Grill on the campus of Long Beach State will host an official watch party for students.
All fans are encouraged to wear Black and Gold on Thursday to show support for the 49ers.
Follow Twitter.com/LBSUAthletics for in game updates during the NCAA tournament.
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