The Long Beach Arena was nearly filled Monday night with 12,007 fans, most of whom came to see Nevada Las Vegas, which is being called the greatest college basketball team in history.
The top-ranked Runnin' Rebels lived up to their rave notices by pounding Cal State Long Beach, 122-75, scoring uncontested dunks and layups with astonishing ease.
The 49ers were almost as thoroughly beaten as they were when they lost to the Rebels, 114-63, last month in Las Vegas, but Long Beach Coach Seth Greenberg didn't look at it that way. "I had a sick feeling after the last game against them," he said, "but I don't have a sick feeling now."
The crowd was the second largest in 49er history, but there will be a different atmosphere in the arena tonight, when perhaps 2,000 will watch the 49ers (9-14) play UC Santa Barbara.