Nov. 27, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. -
Loyola Marymount (3-3, 0-0 West Coast)
7 p.m. -- Gersten Pavilion (4,156) Thursday, November 29, 2012
THE 49ERS ON THE INTERNET: Rob Brender will provide play-by-play for the fourth consecutive season. All games can be heard on longbeachstate.com.
UP THE ROAD: Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount continue a non-conference tradition, playing for the third time in the last four years. The teams played a home-and home series over 2009-10, with the Lions winning both games, but each coming in overtime, a 85-80 victory at LMU and a 80-77 win in the Walter Pyramid in the last meeting on Nov. 27, 2010.
LAST TIME OUT | LBSU 69, Fresno State 61: The 49ers got off to a slow start in Fresno, trailing by nine with seven minutes to go in the first half, but a hot streak of shooting from Peter Pappageorge brought the 49ers back for a 37-34 halftime lead, and Long Beach State never trailed in the second half for an important 69-61 win on the road. Pappageorge, who scored 17 points in the first half, finished with a career high 23. James Ennis, Mike Caffey, and Dan Jennings also scored in double-digits for LBSU.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE LIONS: LMU returns to Los Angeles following a trip to the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska, where the team went 1-2, losing to Oral Roberts and Alaska Anchorage, but beating Texas State. Guard Anthony Ireland is the top threat for the Lions, averaging 23.5 points per game while also dishing out 26 assists and averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.
ENNIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG WEST TEAM: James Ennis was named to the preseason All-Big West Conference Team by the league's media. Ennis, the 49ers' lone returning starter from the 2011-12 club that finished 25-9 overall, earned All-Big West Honorable Mention recognition last season after averaging 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. The 6-7 guard/forward also ranked No. 2 in the conference in steals (1.6 spg). In 2012-13, Ennis has led the 49ers in scoring three times, including a game-high 18 against No. 11 North Carolina, and is tops on the team in scoring average at 15.6 points per game, ranking 7th in the Big West
CAFFEY WILL PILOT THE 49ERS: Sophomore guard Mike Caffey takes the reins of the 49er offense replacing two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year Casper Ware at point guard. As a true freshman, Caffey averaged 5.9 points and 2.2 assists in 21.8 minutes per game. The Riverside, Calif. product finished with a 1.76 assist-to-turnover ratio, handing out 76 assists while only turning the ball over 43 times in 2011-12. This season, Caffey leads the 49ers with 22 assists and is averaging 11.2 points per game, second on the team. Caffey also leads the 49ers in steals with six.
FINDING THE RANGE: Sophomore guard Kris Gulley shot over 50 percent in the first three games for Long Beach State, and is leading the team in shooting percentage while averaging 8.6 points per game. In 2012-13, Gulley is tied for the team with ten 3-pointers, and is shooting 57.9 percent behind the arc, and 53.6 percent overall.
PAPPAGEORGE ON FIRE: Senior Peter Pappageorge has made the most of the opportunity to start, two straight following his insertion to the lineup at Arizona. One of the team's three captains (Ennis, Caffey), Pappageorge scored a career high 16 points against the Wildcats, and then topped that effort with 23 points at Fresno State, leading the 49ers in a win over the Bulldogs. Pappageorge made four 3-pointers in each of those games, and is tied for the team lead with 11 3-pointers made on 44% shooting. Pappageorge is also a perfect 12-12 from the line in 2012, and has never missed in his Division I career, going 14-14.
49ERS ALSO RETURN FOUR PLAYERS WITH DIVISION I EXPERIENCE AT LBSU: In addition to James Ennis and Mike Caffey, the 49ers also return two more lettermen off the 2011-12 team and two lettermen from the 2010-11 team who redshirted last year. Senior Peter Pappageorge and sophomore Nick Shepherd helped LBSU advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2012, while juniors Kyle Richardson and Jerramy King contributed to the 49ers' 2011 NIT team.
49ERS WILL COUNT ON A HANDFUL OF DIVISION I TRANSFERS: While Long Beach State only returns six players with experience playing at the Division I level at LBSU, the 49ers can count on four other players who transferred to Long Beach from other Division I schools. Three of those players, Dan Jennings (West Virginia), Tony Freeland (DePaul) and Keala King (Arizona State) joined the 49er program after spending two years at Power Six Conference schools. The fourth, Edgar Garibay, played at Loyola Marymount. Jennings, who transferred to Long Beach State before last season and redshirted for the 49ers, is eligible to play when LBSU opens the season Saturday. The other three transferred midway through last season and will be eligible after the first semester. Freeland and King have appeals pending with the NCAA which if approved would allow them to play immediately.
TALENTED GROUP OF REDSHIRTS NEWCOMERS ROUND OUT THE 49ERS ROSTER: Sophomore Kris Gulley headlines a group of redshirts and freshmen who should help Long Beach State during the 2012-13 season. Gulley, who transferred to LBSU before the 2011-12 season from a junior college in Kansas, is battling for playing time at the wing position opposite of James Ennis. He is joined in the backcourt by true freshmen Branford Jones (out 8-12 weeks with leg injury suffered in opener), Deng Deng and Javion Watson. While Watson is expected to redshirt, Deng should be a part of the 49er rotation. Jones was the 49ers back-up point guard before suffering a leg injury in the second half of the North Alabama game that will force him to miss at least 8-12 weeks. Redshirt freshman Gatete Djuma and true freshman Brian Smith add depth in the post for the 49ers. Smith is expected to redshirt.
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