Long Beach drops intense game to UC Santa Barbara

The post game handshake ritual was going just fine until the Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara coaches exchanged less than friendly words, which led to chaos on the court. After dropping its third game in a row, 82-71, the 49ers (8-13, 2-3 Big West) got into an altercation with the Gauchos at the end of the game. Long Beach associate head coach Myke Scholl and UCSB director of basketball operations David Miller exchanged heated words, leading to players from both teams having to be held back from fighting. The beef had been brewing since the beginning of the game, when Miller disagreed with a foul call senior Deishaun Booker received on a play. Booker responded with a “fuck you” as he walked past the UCSB bench at a media timeout in the second half. As the game went on Miller would make pucker faces at Booker, and tell him to “have fun in Europe,” a diss that implies Booker isn’t good enough to make the NBA. During the post game handshake, Scholl confronted Miller, demanding him to never talk to any of his players again. Instantly, players from both sides stormed the court to verbally confront each other, which

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No. 8 Long Beach looks to end its skid at UCSB

After a two-week drought, Long Beach State men's water polo will travel to UC Santa Barbara Friday in desperate search of a win. The 49ers have lost their last four games, putting them in a 7-10 hole. A victory Friday would be their first in two weeks and give the 49ers a 1-1 conference record. No. 8 Long Beach features an unbalanced offense manifested in redshirt junior attacker Austin Stewart. His 37 goals are twice as many as the next-highest scoring 49er. The Upland native leads the team in goals, assists and points. Stewart’s 37 goals are followed by three players who each have 18. Two of them, senior attacker Chandler Kaltenbach and junior center Johnathan Wong, own a shooting percentage above .800. Spreading the offensive attack could be a key to victory against No. 5 UCSB.  (16-8, 1-1 GCC) While the 49ers have one player with more than 20 goals, the Gauchos have four. UCSB is not shy attacking the net and will barrage Long Beach with a high shot volume. A key for LBSU will be stopping UCSB senior driver Boris Jovanovic, who has a whopping 63 goals on the year. Jovanovic is a pure scorer, with only

By | 2018-10-24T00:06:41-07:00 Oct 23, 2018 | 11:59 pm|Categories: Men's Sports, Men's Water Polo, Sports, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Long Beach earns third conference win

A header tapped in by senior defender Sarah Maher was enough to secure the 49ers a third conference win and put them one point behind UC Irvine in the Big West standings. Long Beach State (8-4-2, 3-0-1 Big West) defeated UCSB (9-6, 2-2 Big West) 1-0 Sunday in a chippy game in front of a crowd of 1,022. After the final whistle, Long Beach had 16 shots while UCSB accumulated 10. The 49ers have outshot all of their opponents in conference, but have taken each victory with a margin of one goal. “I just knew that I had to get something on it,” Maher said. “I tried to flick it and the goalie was out and it went in. I knew I got a good touch on it.” Freshman midfielder Sierra Castles stepped up in the match and led the team with four shots, while junior midfielder Katie Pingel and freshman forward Elysia Laramie each followed with three. Tensions rose in the second half as Long Beach continued taking shots and UCSB fired right back. The Gauchos put pressure on the 49ers’ goal box, but senior goalkeeper Imani McDonald was able to defend the net with three saves. UCSB’s offense

By | 2018-10-14T23:26:01-07:00 Oct 14, 2018 | 11:26 pm|Categories: Sports, Today, Women's Soccer, Women's Sports|Tags: , , , , , |

LBSU women’s volleyball heads back into the win column

Redshirt freshman and outside hitter Brooke Earkman wore a different jersey Saturday night after not being able to find her own. But that didn’t stop her from having a career night. Earkman had a career best 15 kills and a career-high .382 hitting percentage at Saturday’s match. She wore No. 8 for the night, but her normal jersey is No. 42, a tribute to Jackie Robinson. "All I could think about about was getting the job done,” Earkman said. "My focus was creating offense for the team and it worked out for me tonight." The Long Beach State’s women’s volleyball team closed their second week of Big West Conference play with a win against UC Santa Barbara. The 49ers (5-12, 2-2 Big West) swept the Gauchos 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 in the Walter Pyramid. The team came into the match after a four set defeat to Cal Poly on Friday. “The loss yesterday didn't sit well with us, and we knew we had to step it up,” senior setter Alexis Patterson said. With multiple injuries on the team, head coach Joy Mckienzie-Fuerbringer has been experimenting with different starting lineups throughout the early season. Against UCSB, Earkman was plugged in as an

49ers blow out the Gauchos by 30                                                      

Inside a quiet and nearly empty arena, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team blasted winless UC Santa Barbara 68-38 on Thursday night in the Walter Pyramid. Despite playing in front of a small crowd, the 49ers (20-4, 7-3) enjoyed the silence, limiting UCSB (0-22, 0-9) to a combined 38 points en route to its 20th win of the season. “As long as we have our loyal fans, we’re ok,” junior center Devin Hudson said. “We’re just going to keep winning and proving to people who we are.” The Beach had a terrific defensive effort after giving up 80 points against UC Riverside by surrendering its lowest point total of the season. Head coach Jody Wynn said she was really proud of the team’s defensive performance LBSU’s offense got off to a slow start in the first half, turning the ball over 12 times. Hudson said team captain Hallie Meneses helped the team stay poised during a timeout when the team was struggling. “Hallie brings a lot of composure,” Hudson said. “So when she slows down, it slows us down. At the first timeout, she was telling us ‘slow down, slow down.’” The Beach’s defensive scheme stymied the Gauchos’ offense,

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LBSU men’s volleyball loses tough one at home

The No. 11 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team failed to build on its upset win against UCLA with a 3-1 loss to No. 8 UC Santa Barbara Friday night in the Walter Pyramid. The 49ers (7-4 overall, 4-4 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) got off to a promising start in set one after getting a three point lead over the Gauchos (7-6 overall, 3-5 MPSF) with back-to-back aces from junior outside hitter Cody Martin. The Beach never regained the points lead for the rest of the set as UCSB logged in a .200 percent hitting average to LBSU’s -.074 percent. The 49ers had 10 errors matched against the Gauchos five after the first set. “We got off to a pretty slow start in the match,” LBSU head coach Alan Knipe said. “They put a lot of pressure on us, and we played super hard.” Execution plagued The Beach. Missed opportunities and mistakes in transitions such as passing, setting and hitting made it difficult for the 49ers to capitalize on Gaucho mistakes. The Gauchos jumped out to an early lead in the second set before The Beach closed in and kept it close the entire set. LBSU never had more than