Beach Finishes Non-Conference Road Slate At Colorado State
The game is scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State at Colorado State
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. MT
Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Arena: Moby Arena (8,745)
TV Talent: None
Radio: AM 830 KLAA, 22 West Radio
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
Webcast: Mountain West Network
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
• Long Beach State will play one final road game in the non-conference slate on Saturday, facing Colorado State on the road at 1 p.m. PT. The game will be streamed live through the Mountain West Network, and the Long Beach State Radio Network call will be available on AM 830.
• The series resumes for the third straight year, with Long Beach State having won both of the last two games against Colorado State. Nick Faust’s 27 points led the Beach past the Rams in 2015 during Long Beach State’s last trip to Fort Collins, and then the 49ers won a 56-55 battle last season in the Walter Pyramid. Those two games were the only two times that the schools had met since the 1960s.
• Gabe Levin led the Beach with 22 points and eight rebounds in the team’s 85-80 loss at home last week against Eastern Michigan 85-80. Levin’s performance saw the senior pass 1,000 points in his Division I career, following one season at LMU and two-plus seasons at Long Beach State.
• Long Beach State has been easily the quickest paced team in the Big West through the first third of the season. A top-50 tempo team in the country per Ken Pomeroy, LBSU’s up-and-down style in 2017-18 had the Beach start the week second in the conference in average scoring at 75.5 points per game, third in assists at 14.5 per game, and second in steals at 6.8 per game.
• A 76-68 over Stanford in the Walter Pyramid on December 3 was the program’s 11th win over a power conference program under Dan Monson. The win marked the second win over a Pac-12 opponent for the Beach this season after the team’s earlier win against Oregon State, the first time in program history the 49ers have won two games against Pac-12 (or Pac-10) teams in one season.
• 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 are both in their fourth year with the program. Despite this being the fourth year in the program for both players, the two have yet to play a Big West game together.
• Junior Deishuan Booker has been putting up outstanding passing numbers in his first season at the Beach. Booker tied the Advocare Invitational record with 27 assists, and is the first player since Long Beach State great Ed Ratleff to have 11 or more assists in back-to-back games. Booker is also first player since Billy Walker in 1988 to have two games with 12 or more assists in his career. The junior college transfer is leading the Big West with 5.5 assists per game, and is chipping in 8.6 points per game as well.
• Senior Gabe Levin has continued his habit of performing at his best against ranked opponents. Levin picked up his first double-double of the year at No. 23 West Virginia, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He then followed that up by leading the team in both scoring and rebounding at No. 2 Michigan State. Levin has eight double-doubles in his career, and is averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season, leading the team in both.
• Booker and Levin became the first two 49ers to each record a double-double in the same game since the 2012-13 season, as Levin finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Booker had 15 points with his 12 assists in the final game of the Advocare Invitational against Nebraska,
• Sophomore Jordan Griffin made his first start of the season against Stanford, and responded with a career-high 21 points, leading the Beach to the win over Cardinal. Griffin is now third on the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game, and is shooting 48.5 percent from 3-point range on the season.
• Bryan Alberts set a new career high with 25 points against Southern Utah, and has led the team in scoring six times in 2017-18. Now averaging 14.0 points per game, the Gonzaga graduate transfer is second on the Beach in scoring this season. With 41 baskets from behind the arc, Alberts started the week ranked eighth in the nation in 3-pointers made in 2017-18.
• Mason Riggins has started every game this season for Long Beach State, and has been a great low-post presence for the team. Riggins is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, and is second on the team with 11 blocks on the year.
• Temidayo Yussuf made his debut for the Beach in 2017-18 against Missouri, and played a big part in the November 24th win over Oregon State, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, while playing a role in limiting Drew Eubanks to six points after the Beaver big man scored 26 in the team’s first meeting. Yussuf is now averaging 5.3 points per game and is second on the team with 3.5 rebounds per game.
• Edon Maxhuni has also contributed at the point guard position, as the true freshman scored in double-figures in two straight games, including scoring 16 at Oregon State, and was one of the surprises of the preseason. Maxhuni has extensive international experience, playing for the Finland Youth National Team in multiple competitions.
• 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. On the year, Byers is averaging 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while leading the team with 13 blocks.
• Senior Barry Ogalue has started in eight games in his second competitive season at the Beach after transferring from Yuba CC. Ogalue led the Beach in scoring with 20 points in a win on the road at San Francisco and is averaging 6.8 points per game.
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