Long Beach State men’s basketball roughed up by the ‘Runners

The Long Beach State men’s basketball program was too rattled to handle the pressure in a 63-55 loss to CSU Bakersfield on Monday at the Walter Pyramid, caving in front of a crowd of 345. Only 10 players were able to suit up for the game against the Roadrunners, as the remaining six — Temidayo Yussuf, Mason Riggins, Jordan Roberts, Milos Apic, Breamon Richard and Jaice Gardner — were out with injuries or attending class. The lack of an interior presence without Yussuf and Riggins was very obvious, as the team struggled all night with rebounding and toughness in the paint. The exhibition game showed that Long Beach needs help inside the paint and in the backcourt. The new team will have to learn one game at a time to build some type of chemistry before the Big West Conference games begin in January. Long Beach opened up the game with some intensity and flashes of potential for a strong transition offense, jumping out to an early 11-3 lead. From that point on, the 49ers had a series of offensive woes, shooting 36 percent on field goals and 18 percent on three pointers in the first half. CSU Bakersfield responded

Men’s basketball point guard breakdown

With the men’s basketball team season starting on Saturday at the Walter Pyramid, the 49ers are bringing some fresh faces into to the program.While eight players return to this year’s roster, the team will have new teammates who will bring different playing styles. Here is  a breakdown of all the players and what they can contribute to this year’s team. The first breakdown will be of the point guards for Long Beach State.   PG’s: #15 Deishuan Booker (Junior): The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Booker is one of three new point guards for Long Beach State this year. Last year, he averaged 9.8 points per game along with 6.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in his sophomore season at College of Southern Idaho. The athletic point guard out of Las Vegas has a wiry frame and will look to push the pace this season with a team that is fast and athletic. Booker is a proven guard with big game experience after leading Southern Idaho to the NJCAA National Tournament with a 27-7 record. Long Beach head coach Dan Monson has had a wealth of success with junior college transfers, and Booker looks ready to take on the starting point guard role to

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