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)
“If we stop Gabe Levin, we stop Long Beach,” Fullerton sophomore forward Jackson Rowe said during [the Big West quarter finals]. This quote has been resonating with me ever since Thursday’s heartbreaking 76-74 Big West quarterfinals loss to Cal State Fullerton. Levin became the face of Long Beach State basketball, and with his departure the 49ers identity needs to rebrand. What will the team look like in the post-Levin era? Right now, I’m not really sure. Levin’s skills were huge for Long Beach the last three years. His ability to stretch the floor was unmatched in the Big West, and without his presence on both ends of the floor, the team will be looking a lot different. He finished his final year averaging 18.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, all career-highs. Levin will be missed, but it’s time for head coach Dan Monson and his coaching staff to take a new direction and revitalize the men’s basketball team to get back into the NCAA Tournament. Long Beach’s play style this year was front court-centric. Junior forward Temidayo Yussuf and Levin were a formidable tandem on the block, and their two man inside-out game gave other teams trouble, but it
The Long Beach men’s basketball team picked up pace near the end Thursday’s home game, but failed to comeback in a 80-70 loss to UC Santa Barbara. An ugly first half led to the 49ers being down as much as 21 which was the ultimate dagger in the team’s double-digit loss. LBSU (13-15, 7-5 Big West) only led by three at the beginning of the contest before UC Santa Barbara (20-5, 9-2 Big West) took over. Senior forward Gabe Levin was able to get the first two baskets of the game, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Gauchos has four double-digit scorers including graduate forward Leland King II who had 20 points and 15 rebounds. The 49ers would never be able to bring their deficit back to single digits until the very last moments of the game. “It was a disappointing performance for us,” head coach Dan Monson said. “We’ve relied on our offense so much this year, our identity has been to score this year and not stop anybody.” Long Beach could not find any offensive rhythm in the first half shooting 0 of 14 from beyond the arc and a dismal 17.2 percent from the field. To end
Long Beach State men’s basketball head coach Dan Monson is in his 12th campaign for the 49ers, and is in route to having another run in the Big West tournament. The team is currently 7-3 in conference play, and tied for fourth in the Big West standings with Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis. It’s a tight-knit battle for first place, but their coach believes the team can take the top spot with five games left in the season. The Daily 49er sat down with Monson to discuss what he hopes the team can prove until the Big West tournament. Are you happy with how the team has been performing so far this season, and what are your expectations to end it? DM: Yes and no. We’re coming together. We’re doing a lot of good things. We have to guard the bounce on the perimeter better we’ve got one big area to fill before we can get to the expectations that we want for the season. We’re just doing too many things well, but were just getting broken down off of ball screens and off the bounce too much. What are some of the positives you’ve seen from the
Two double-doubles and a defensive showcase propelled the Long Beach State men’s basketball team to a dominant home win over Cal Poly 73-54 Saturday. LBSU (13-14, 7-4 Big West) got back into the win column with the help of senior forward Gabe Levin’s 20 points and 11 rebounds while junior forward Temidayo Yussuf had a 17 point and 11 rebound night of his own. Cal Poly (8-17, 3-8 Big West) is currently tied for second to last in the Big West Conference, and Long Beach took advantage on both ends of the floor. After a devastating double-overtime loss against UC Davis last week, head coach Dan Monson felt happy about his team’s effort against Cal Poly. “I’m really pleased with our guy’s attitude tonight,” Monson said. “Having a week to sit on those two losses...was difficult but it was needed mentally and physically.” The first half was an offensive nightmare for the 49ers, due in large part to Monson’s focus on defense in practice. “We didn't run any offense this week until Friday,” Monson said. “We spent all week focusing on defense that we lost our rhythm, but we brought it back together in the second half.” A 26-20 first
A nail-biting battle between two long-time rivals in front of 2,833 fans ended with the Long Beach State men’s basketball team dropping an important conference matchup. UC Irvine (10-14, 4-4 Big West) got the best of LBSU (12-13, 6-3 Big West) 75-68 in the final minutes of the game for the second time this season. “One good half doesn’t just win you the game,” head coach Dan Monson said. Long Beach shot a poor 43.6 percent from the field while Irvine was able to shoot 47.5 percent. The 49ers also suffered from the free throw line shooting a dismal 53.8 percent. Senior forward Gabe Levin’s impressive second half was quickly overshadowed by the team’s lack of defensive effort in the paint and quiet night on the boards. The 49ers led for most of the night with a game-high lead of eight, but were careless in the final minutes of the match. “All we needed was a couple of stops to finish the game strong,” Levin said. Both teams were reckless offensively in the first half, leading to nine turnovers for Irvine, while Long Beach had four. The 49ers got into more of a consistent flow 10 minutes into the
What was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Long Beach State men’s basketball team has turned into a satisfying surprise, as the team currently sits in third in the Big West Conference at 6-3. No one knew what the team’s identity would be going into the 2017-2018 season after losing point guard Justin Bibbins to Utah last season. Things seemed to be on the decline from an organizational standpoint, but the battle had only begun. Despite the turbulence, the 49ers were able to land junior guard Bryan Alberts from Gonzaga in addition to a trio of transfers. It was tough to watch the beginning of the first half of the season as the chemistry on the floor was nearly nonexistent, but as the team got accustomed to playing with each other, dividends began to be paid when conference play rolled around. Long Beach found its footing at the right moment and has been able to regroup and focus on playing tenacious defense. It all starts with the returning frontcourt of senior forward Gabe Levin and junior Temidayo Yussuf. It was rare to see the duo play together last year due to Levin’s injury, but with the front