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March 11, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Total rehabilitation is one victory away. A four-year journey for Long Beach State senior Greg Plater can end at a once far-off destination Saturday night at Honda Center. The 49ers survived UC Riverside, and themselves, for a 74-63 victory in the Big West Conference tournament semifinals Friday. They can qualify for the NCAA tournament with a victory Saturday night against the winner of Friday's late game between UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge. That moment was made possible even though the 49ers (22-10)
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November 30, 2009 | By David Wharton
There was no hiding the truth, not by early in the second half. Not with UCLA grasping at air on defense. Not with the Bruins surrendering one easy basket after another on fastbreaks and uncontested dunks. Pure athleticism -- or lack thereof -- made the difference in their surprisingly lopsided 79-68 loss to Long Beach State at the 76 Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 49ers, a blur in bright yellow uniforms, could sense the disparity. "They were slow," forward T.J. Robinson said.
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March 11, 2010 | By Dan Arritt
The tank ran empty midway through the second half for Cal Poly. As in, bone dry. That's when the Mustangs went scoreless for nearly seven minutes in their Big West Conference second-round game Thursday against Long Beach State, long enough for the 49ers to reestablish some breathing room in their 79-69 victory at the Anaheim Convention Center. "Fatigue kind of kicked in toward the end," said Cal Poly guard Lorenzo Keeler, who scored 27 points in a four-point victory Wednesday night against UC Irvine, but could muster only 11 on 4-for-18 shooting against Long Beach.
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December 20, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
J.T. Terrell was eligible to play for USC, according to Coach Andy Enfield, but he didn't play. Byron Wesley is the Trojans' leading scorer and has been eligible all year, but he didn't start. Maybe that's the reason the Trojans started off so slowly Thursday night. A double-digit halftime deficit couldn't be overcome and Long Beach State (2-9) beat the Trojans, 72-71, at Long Beach's Walter Pyramid. Wesley, a 6-foot-5 junior, has been the constant on this up-and-down USC team (7-4)
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November 16, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
It has been an uneasy off-season for North Carolina Coach Roy Williams. He had surgery on both kidneys to have growths removed. No matter how hard he tried to be positive, Williams said "so many things" went through his mind. "My mother died of a kidney issue," he said. "It's not a simple thing. " Both of the growths were benign, and Friday night Williams and his 11th-ranked Tar Heels carried on at Long Beach State with a 78-63 victory. It was a pit stop for North Carolina on the way to the Maui Invitational, and the benefit for the 49ers was a soldout Pyramid with a record-setting crowd of 6,912.
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March 12, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UC Santa Barbara gets a do-over. The Gauchos are headed back to the NCAA tournament after a 64-56 victory over Long Beach State at Honda Center on Saturday. They were once again handed the Big West Conference tournament trophy after beating the 49ers in the title game for the second consecutive season. Orlando Johnson took home the tournament most-valuable-player trophy to use as a bookend with the one he won last season. One thing, Santa Barbara players claim, was different this season: the future.
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March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
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November 17, 2008 | Staff and Wire Reports
Josh Akognon scored 41 points and Cal State Fullerton defeated Hawaii, 90-76, Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Tip-Off Classic in Honolulu. Akognon, a senior guard, made 12 of his 29 shots, including seven of 18 from three-point range. He also made 10 of 11 free throws. It was the second-highest individual total by a Fullerton player in the program's history. He had 20 points in the first half. Jacques Streeter had 15 points and nine assists and Gerard Anderson had 10 points for the Titans (1-1)
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March 23, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The last time Steve Alford was in the Big Ten Conference, he was a sharpshooting guard at Indiana. Alford returned Monday as Iowa's new basketball coach. Alford, who guided Southwest Missouri State to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, was, as expected, hired to replace Tom Davis, whose contract was not renewed after 13 years in Iowa City. Alford, 34, was a two-time All-American who led the Hoosiers to the NCAA title in 1987 and was the school's No. 2 career scorer with 2,438 points.
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October 12, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
The NCAA announced a crackdown on bench decorum for the upcoming basketball season Thursday, saying many common behaviors that are deemed unsportsmanlike by officials will be met with technical fouls without warning. Also targeted: Coaches who leave the coaching box, even simply to talk to their players. Coaches will be given one warning, then assessed a technical even if their behavior is not unsportsmanlike. One coach who might need to adjust is UCLA's Ben Howland, who is prone to wandering.
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