Andre Purry and Morlon Wiley each scored 25 points to help make Joe Harrington's debut as Cal State Long Beach basketball coach a success Friday night.
Harrington's philosophy of pressure defense also was a factor as the 49ers beat Division II Cal Poly Pomona, 94-70, in a nonconference game before a crowd of 1,455 in the Long Beach gym.
"Our press was definitely good at times," said Harrington, who came to Long Beach last spring from George Mason University.
Pomona Coach Dave Bollwinkel conceded as much. "They do a good job with it and they have a lot of good athletes--that's the difference between Division I and Division II," Bollwinkel said.
The press was largely responsible for 35 Pomona turnovers.
Purry, a junior forward, also had 12 rebounds to go with his career-high point total and Wiley, a senior guard, had 8 assists. The performances by the former Long Beach Poly High School stars didn't surprise Harrington.