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Long Beach State men’s basketball finishing tournament

By in Press Enterprise on November 26, 2017

By Jj Fiddler

After beating Oregon State 74-69 on Friday, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team will conclude the Advocare Invitational today at 11 a.m. against Nebraska in Orlando, Florida.

LBSU (3-3) lost at Oregon State (2-3) on Nov. 18 because the 49ers couldn’t complete a comeback. On Friday, guard Deishuan Booker had the best night of his short LBSU career with 14 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, and two blocks. The transfer junior is the first LBSU player with 12 assists since Tyrone Mitchell in 1990.

LBSU took an early lead over OSU, and never trailed in the first half. Gabe Levin helped the 49ers build the lead with 14 points in 18 minutes due to foul trouble. Fellow forward Temidayo Yussuf, who is back from injury, had nine points and seven rebounds.

Booker hit a 3-point shot from the top of the key to break a tie with 1:28 left to play. LBSU made all seven of its free throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to clinch the victory. LBSU lost to Missouri 95-58 on Thursday in the Advocare opener.

“We were all embarrassed by (the loss to Missouri),” LBSU coach Dan Monson said. “When you have mistakes, it’s how you respond to them. I’m really proud that our guys didn’t pout. They put it away, and came back and did something about it. We played hard, and played with great passion.”

The win over OSU was LBSU’s 10th win over a major conference opponent under Monson, and the 49ers will face another one in the fifth-place game today. Nebraska (4-2) is led by juniors James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland. Palmer is averaging a team-high 14.7 points, and Copeland is averaging 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Nebraska has won all three meetings with LBSU. The most recent was a 69-68 victory in Lincoln […]    

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