April 1, 2001 |
Members of the NCAA championships committee gulped when news broke two years ago of an academic scandal at Minnesota, already chosen as host of the 2001 Final Four. Should a tainted basketball program be associated with the NCAA's showcase event? "The question was raised and soon dismissed," NCAA senior vice president Tom Jernstedt said.
March 12, 2011 |
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.
March 13, 2008 |
UC Irvine went on a torrid shooting stretch in the first half, then held off a late charge by Long Beach State and defeated the 49ers, 77-63, in the first round of the Big West Conference tournament Wednesday night at the Anaheim Convention Center. The No. 5-seeded Anteaters (16-15) shot 72% in the first half and made 16 of their final 17 shots before halftime to turn a 10-2 deficit into a 47-31 halftime lead. They extended it to 64-44 with 11 minutes to play before No.
November 18, 2009 |
If Long Beach State thinks playing on the road against Pepperdine before a smattering of fans is tough, just wait. There will be far more hostile environments and certainly more daunting opponents ahead. Ever heard of a little place called Cameron Indoor Stadium? The road ahead could be a long and thankless one for the 49ers if their 67-58 victory over Pepperdine on Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse is any indication. Long Beach State (2-0) needed a flourish to finish off the pesky Waves (0-2)
October 12, 2007 |
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.
March 8, 2012 |
Long Beach State got along fine playing its first game without senior guard Larry Anderson's 6-foot-5 frame, 14 points per game, defensive skills and leadership. In terms of a test, though, this was only a pop quiz. Top-seeded Long Beach, as expected, cruised past UC Davis, 80-46, in the first round of the Big West tournament Thursday at Honda Center Anderson sat out the game and is presumed out for the weekend after spraining his right knee in last weekend's loss to Cal State Fullerton.
March 11, 2011 |
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)
March 15, 2012 |
Reporting from Portland, Ore. -- The scene in Long Beach State's locker room was similar to those in living rooms across the country. The 49ers were slumped in chairs watching the NCAA tournament on television. They had gone from tournament participants to spectators all too quickly for their liking. Still fresh was New Mexico's 75-68 victory at the Rose Garden on Thursday that sent the Lobos into the third round against Louisville on Saturday. "What else am I going to do, sit here and be depressed?"
March 23, 1999 |
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.
December 20, 2013 |
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)