Following a slow first half, the Long Beach State men's basketball came out ahead against Southern Utah University with a 82-71 win.
The Long Beach State men’s basketball team got off to one of its slowest starts of the season against Southern Utah Wednesday, but managed to turn things around in the second half and walk away with a 82-71 win. “I think that was our worst 10 minutes of the year to start the game,” head coach Dan Monson said. “It was really disappointing to play 10 minutes like that. That being said, I’m just really proud of our guys to be able to change that, this team has been really resilient.” Redshirt senior center Temidayo Yussuf continued his dominance down low for the 49ers, scoring 19 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Yussuf and the 49ers outrebounded Southern Utah 51-35. “My teammates look for me all the time, I know if I’m aggressive on the glass easy opportunities will come,” Yussuf said. “I just try to do whatever to help the team win.” After struggling to find a rhythm in a first half that saw a combined 26 fouls, senior guard Deishuan Booker found his game in the second and finished with 21 points, four assists and four rebounds. A crucial point in the early struggle for Long Beach (3-7)
Wednesday night’s game against Southern Utah will be a good test for the Long Beach State men’s basketball team. The team defeated Stanford Sunday, and now the team will look to continue its win streak on the road in Cedar City, Utah. While Southern Utah is currently riding a two-game win streak, the Thunderbirds are one of the weaker opponents Long Beach has challenged in the last month since facing San Francisco State on Nov. 14. LBSU (4-6) has played many power-conference teams recently but it will be key to not overlook the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah is led by guard Jadon Cohee who is averaging 17 points per game and forward Jamal Aytes averaging 15 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Long Beach will have its hands full with Cohee and Aytes in the backcourt and the frontcourt. “We’ve got two road games this week, and then we [come home for] finals,” head coach Dan Monson said. “But as I’ve said all along, I like this team, I like their attitude, I like their effort and as a coach that’s all you can ask.” Sunday’s game showed that sophomore guard Jordan Griffin emerged as a go-to scorer for the 49ers.
The Long Beach State cross country program got off to a great start in the first event last week, but were not able to carry the momentum into Saturday’s meet. The women’s team finished 16th with 492 points, and the men’s team placed 22nd with 575 points at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside. Both the men’s and women’s team faced tracks that were much longer than the first meet, as the women jumped from a 4,000-meter course to a 6,000-meters, and the men went from 5,000 to 8,000 meters. Junior Mikayla Florez led the women to a team win at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 1 thanks to her first place finish among a field of 44 runners. Florez had the best time on her team again (21:28.0) and was the 56th runner to cross the finish line. The reigning Big West cross country athlete of the week will try to put the disappointing finish behind her and return to winning form. The top women’s time was turned in by UC Santa Barbara runner Jenna Hinkle at 19:59.8 while Arkansas made the long trip to southern California well worth it, with a dominating 36-point team victory. On the men’s