April 18, 2013
The Long Beach State men's basketball team held its annual end of the year banquet on Wednesday night to honor two great seniors, James Ennis and Peter Pappageorge, while celebrating the team's third straight Big West crown.
The 2012-13 team won its third straight conference crown, marking the first time a 49er team has achieved that feat in over 30 years. LBSU won the conference crown eight consecutive years from 1970 to 1977.
The team also qualified for a post-season tournament for the third straight year, which was another accomplishment no other LBSU team had done in 40 years.
Head Coach Dan Monson was named the Big West Coach of the Year for the third straight season, while Ennis took home Big West Player of the Year honors, marking the third consecutive year a 49er player earned the top honor. Monson also tallied his 100th career victory at LBSU during the season and moved to No. 3 all-time in 49er coaching history. He needs just 18 wins to move into a tie for the No. 1 spot with soon-to-be inductee to the Naismith Hall of Fame Jerry Tarkanian.
Ennis and Pappageorge were JC transfers and integral members of the 49er basketball team. Together, they helped the team to 45 wins, an NCAA berth for the first-time since 2007 and were undefeated at home in the Walter Pyramid in Big West Conference games.
Ennis was named a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given annually to the top mid-major player. He also was named a Lou Henson All-American and was named to the USBWA All-District IX team. He capped off his season with 32 consecutive double-digit scoring games and represented LBSU at the Final Four dunk contest and NABC All-Star game. Ennis ended the year ranked in the Big West top 10 season statistics in eight categories this season - Scoring-8th; Rebounding-9th; FG Percentage-8th; FT Percentage-4th; Steals-3rd; Blocked Shots-4th; Defensive Rebounds-6th; and Minutes Played-3rd.
Pappageorge (also known as Pops) was a team captain, along with Ennis, and finished the 2012-13 season ranked sixth in Big West games for three-point field goal percentage (.441, 30-of-68). He started 11 games during the season. He led the 49ers in free throw percentage, shooting 84% (42-of-50) and three-point percentage (.375), draining 51 three-pointers. He tallied a career-high 23 points at Fresno State and scored in double digits in nine game this season.
Pops also received the Pearl Moore Team Spirit Award at the banquet.
Edgar Garibay, who became eligible to play midseason, earned the Academic Excellence Award at the banquet as well.
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