Beach Closes Non-Conference Play By Hosting Texas A&M International
The final game of 2017 for Long Beach State will tip at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Long Beach, Calif. -
Game: Long Beach State vs. Texas A&M International
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Arena: Walter Pyramid (4,200)
TV Talent: None
Radio: AM 830 KLAA, 22 West Radio
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
Webcast: Beach Vision
Live Stats: BeachLiveStats.com
• Long Beach State returns to the Walter Pyramid to close out non-conference play, hosting Texas A&M International Saturday, December 30 at 4 p.m. A live webcast will be available through Beach Vision, while the call from Jason Schwartz can be heard on AM 830 or through 22 West Radio.
• This is the first meeting between Long Beach State and Texas A&M International, who play West Coast Baptist on Friday on their trip to California before facing LBSU. The Beach is a perfect 16-0 against non-Division I competition under head coach Dan Monson.
• The Walter Pyramid remains a difficult place for opponents to play. Over the last eight seasons, the Beach has an 81.7 percent winning percentage at home in front of the Long Beach State fans, who consistently fill the pyramid with more fans than any other school in the Big West other than Hawai’i.
• Senior Gabe Levin continues to lead Long Beach State in both scoring and rebounding, and passed the 1,000 point mark in Division I scoring against Eastern Michigan. Over one season at LMU and two-plus at LBSU, Levin has now scored 1,048 points.
• 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 73.9 points per game and third in assists at 14.6 per game as well as in steals at 6.6 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 5.7 assists per game, and is chipping in 8.7 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 7.2 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 fourth on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game, and is shooting 46.5 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. Despite missing the last two games, Alberts is still among the nation’s leaders in 3-pointers made with 41 this season.
• 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 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, and is second on the team with 11 blocks on the year.
• Temidayo Yussuf is continuing to improve after missing the first four games of the season, playing his best game yet against Colorado State, leading the team in scoring off of the bench with 18 points. The junior is now averaging 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
• Edon Maxhuni has also contributed at the point guard position, as the true freshman has scored in double-figures in three games, and is averaging 15.2 minutes per game. 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 3.5 rebounds per game while leading the team with 14 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 6.3 points per game.
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