Men's Basketball readies for rematch with Fresno State on Monday
Nov. 30, 2012
Long Beach, Calif. -
Long Beach State (3-3, 0-0 Big West)
7:05 p.m. -- Walter Pyramid (4,200)
Monday, December 3, 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.
BACK TO BACK: Fresno State and Long Beach State have engaged in a scheduling quirk, putting together a home-and-home package in the same season. This setup marks the first time since the beginning of the conference play era that the 49ers have played the same non-conference team twice in the same season.
BULLDOGS vs. BEACH II: Monday's game against Fresno State is a rematch from earlier this season, as both teams are one game removed from a 69-61 win for Long Beach State over the Bulldogs in Fresno on November 25. Peter Pappageorge scored a career-high 23 points and was joined by James Ennis, Mike Caffey and Dan Jennings in double figures as the 49ers held the Bulldogs to 38.6 percent shooting in the eight point win.
FORMER CONFERENCE FOES: From 1958 to 1992, the 49ers and Bulldogs met twice a year as members of the same conference, first as the CCAA, then as the PCAA, and then finally as the Big West before Fresno State left to join the Western Athletic Conference. The two meetings this year are the first time the teams have met since the season directly after the Bulldogs' departure, when the 49ers won 82-61 in Fresno on December 30, 1992.
LAST TIME OUT | LBSU 73, Loyola Marymount 70: Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount engaged in another exciting, close game, making it three in a row, but this time, it was the 49ers who prevailed as Long Beach State survived a slow start and 52% 3-point shooting from the Lions in a 73-70 victory. Mike Caffey led the 49ers with 15 points and five assists, including a couple of big baskets down the stretch, while Kris Gulley finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Gulley scored the first eight points for LBSU in the second half, pulling back a six-point halftime deficit as Long Beach State held off the Lions. James Ennis and freshman Deng Deng also finished in double figures for the 49ers.
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 15.3 points per game, ranking 6th in the Big West. Ennis is also among the Big West leaders in rebounding at 7.0 per game (9th) and blocks at 1.67 per game (3rd).
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 27 assists and is averaging 11.8 points per game, second on the team. Caffey also leads the 49ers in steals with eight, and has a 1.50 assist to turnover ratio through six games.
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 9.2 points per game. On Thursday at LMU, Gulley tied a career-high with 12 points, shooting 66 percent and grabbing 10 rebounds, making the team's first double-double of the season. In 2012-13, Gulley leads the team with 13 3-pointers, and is shooting 59.1 percent behind the arc, and 55.9 percent overall while adding 5.3 rebounds per game.
PAPPAGEORGE ON FIRE: Senior Peter Pappageorge has made the most of the opportunity to start, three 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 second on the team with 12 3-pointers made on 40% 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.
BACK TO BACK GAMES AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: Having already played No. 11 North Carolina on Friday, Nov. 16 in Long Beach, the 49ers then played No. 10 Arizona in Tucson, on Nov. 19, giving the team back-to-back matches against ranked opponents. It is the first of two times the 49ers will likely play two straight ranked teams, looking forward for when LBSU travels to Syracuse and Ohio State, ranked No. 6 and No. 3 respectively this last week. Monday's game with Arizona marked the first time that Long Beach State has played two straight ranked foes since 2009, when the 49ers played at No. 3 Kentucky (12/23) and No. 7 Duke (12/29). Outside of the postseason, the 49ers have played back-to-back ranked opponents three times under Dan Monson and only once under any other coach. (Tex Winter; Jan 5-6, 1979)
LONG BEACH STATE TO PLAY IN PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF IN 2013-14: The Puerto Rico Tip-Off has secured all eight teams scheduled to play in the 2013 event, to be held next November on the destination island. The field for the seventh annual event includes Auburn, Charlotte, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Michigan and VCU. The 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Puerto Rico host the teams to three days of play, practices and immersion into the Puerto Rican culture and landscape. Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Web site at www.puertoricotipoff.com