Long Beach State Men's Basketball Returns To Walter Pyramid Tuesday
The Beach hosts San Francisco State at 7 p.m.
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State vs. San Francisco State
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid (4,200)
TV Talent: None
Radio: 22 West Radio
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
Webcast: Beach Vision
Live Stats: beachlivestats.com
• Long Beach State returns Walter Pyramid to face San Francisco State in the team’s first official home game of the year on Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. The Beach has previously played a pair of exhibition games at home prior to the start of the regular season last Friday.
• Barry Ogalue led Long Beach State with 20 points in the opener as the Beach went up to San Francisco and came away with an 83-71 win over the Dons. Ogalue was one of four players in double-figures, joined by Gabe Levin, Deishuan Booker and Jordan Griffin, while Bryan Alberts added nine points and KJ Byers finished with eight points, six rebounds, two blocks, two assists and two steals.
• The Beach has never lost to San Francisco State in three meetings, all coming in the Walter Pyramid. The last meeting came in 2014, where David Samuels put up 14 points and seven boards to lead LBSU to a ten-point win over a game Gators squad.
• Barry Ogalue’s continued improvement has been a strong point for the junior college transfer, who redshirted during his first season at the Beach and then played sparingly throughout the first half of last season. A 21-point night against The Master’s marked a turnaround, and Ogalue eventually worked his way into the starting lineup for last year’s Big West Tournament, before leading the team in scoring in the opener for 2017-18.
• Two players for Long Beach State earned preseason honors, as both Temidayo Yussuf and Gabe Levin were selected for the six-player Preseason All-Big West team, selected by the media covering the conference. Both have previously earned All-Big West honors, and look to anchor the team this season as both begin their fourth year at the Beach.
• Early free throw returns for the Beach have been outstanding. Home fans got a taste of great shooting at Homecoming when LBSU was 29-of-33 against CS Dominguez Hills, and the Long Beach State went 27-of-32 from the line at USF to start the year shooting over 80%.
• Long Beach State returns six players who made three or more starts last season, led by forward Temidayo Yussuf, who made 28 starts followed by Gabe Levin, who started all 16 games of the non-conference slate before an injury ended his season early.
• Yussuf went on to earn second-team All-Big West honors last season, joining Levin as returners who have earned the honor, as Levin won in 2015-16. Despite this being the fourth year in the program for both players, the two have yet to play a Big West game together.
• In 2016-17, Temidayo Yussuf led the Big West in field goal percentage over conference play at .578 and averaged 13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over league action, ultimately earning second-team All-Big West honors. Yussuf is the top scorer that finished the season among returners for the Beach, averaging 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds on the year.
• Gabe Levin had an outstanding start to the 2016-17 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 missed the remained of the season after undergoing successful surgery.
• Mason Riggins and Quentin Shropshire are upperclassmen who will play a key role for depth among the frontcourt alongside Levin and Yussuf. Riggins has started 28 games in his career at Long Beach State, and returns in the best shape of his career after shooting a career-best 54.5 percent last season. Shropshire, a former track and field athlete at the Beach, has made the most of his minutes, earning a spot in the rotation to finish out the year in 2016-17.
• Jordan Griffin began the 2017-18 season with a hot hand, hotting 75 percent from three in Long Beach State’s opening game, scoring a career-high 12 points. He is part of a trio of sophomore who will be counted on to continue to contribute this season, joining LaRond Williams and Javonntie Jackson.
• Graduate Transfer Bryan Alberts will likely play a big role for the Beach in the upcoming season. Alberts hit a crucial 3-pointer at San Francisco and was 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch, scoring nine points in his first game with Long Beach State. Alberts spent three years at Gonzaga, redshirting for one season before starting in ten games during the 2015-16 season. As a sophomore, Alberts played in 24 games for the Zags, and reached the National Championship game, which is the furthest any player to wear an LBSU uniform has gone in the postseason.
• Minutes at the point guard position look to be split between two newcomers this year, as junior college transfer Deishuan Booker and freshman Edon Maxhuni have both impressed coming into the season. Booker averaged 9.8 points and 6.4 assists per game last season at the College of Southern Idaho, and was one of just seven players at the Juco level to make more than 200 assists last year. Meanwhile, Maxhuni brings extensive experience at the youth international level with Finland, and looks to compete for time on the court right away as well.
• KJ Byers got off to a quick start, showcasing his athleticism in the season opener against the Dons. Byers had the most complete stat line of the night, scoring eight points with six rebounds while adding two assists, two blocks and two steals while making just one turnover and shooting 6-for-6 from the line.
• Long Beach State will have to wait a while longer to see the rest of the roster. Freshman Jordan Roberts was the CIF Division II Player of the Year out of Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, but is on the mend from a preseason injury, while two other freshman, Milos Apic and Jaice Gardner are expected to redshirt.
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