Beach Passes By San Francisco State 95-70
Long Beach State finished with 27 assists, led by Deishuan Booker's 10.
Long Beach, Calif. -
It was a fun night for fans of offense in the Walter Pyramid on Tuesday night, as Long Beach State shot 54.4 percent while handing out 27 total assists on the way to a 95-70 win over San Francisco State.
The 27 assists for Long Beach State (2-0) in the second game of the season were more than the 49ers had in any point last season, and the unselfishness paid off in great shooting from both the floor and from behind the arc, where the Beach shot 38.7 percent.
Junior Bryan Alberts played a key part in that effort, pouring in six three-pointers on the way to a career-high 18 points to lead the Beach in scoring. Jordan Griffin added four treys, and Edon Maxhuni added two as all three players finished in double-figures.
Deishuan Booker guided the offense well, handing out 10 assists with five rebounds, while both Gabe Levin and Barry Ogalue flirted with double-doubles. Levin finished with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Ogalue scored 15 points with eight rebounds and a trio of assists.
The Beach got off to a quick start, as an Alberts three just before the first media timeout gave Long Beach State the lead for good against Division II San Francisco State (2-0), for whom the game counts as an exhibition.
The Gators hung around for a good portion of the first half, with a three from Kenny Macklin pulling San Francisco State within one at 28-27 with 7:15 remaining the in the first half, but Griffin answered with a trey on the other end, and the Beach would move ahead to a 10-point lead at halftime.
Alberts came out shooting hot out of the locker room in the second half, helping push the lead to 21 points in the first five minutes of the second half, and Long Beach State cruised home the rest of the way.
After the home opener, the team is back on the road for the longest trip of the year for the Beach. The road swing starts with a trip to Oregon State. Long Beach State will face off against the Beavers for the second year in a row, this time on Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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