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 7, 2012 |
Long Beach State's ride to this year's NCAA tournament hit a bump last weekend when star guard Larry Anderson sprained his knee in the 49ers' loss to Cal State Fullerton. It wrecked Long Beach's chances for a perfect 16-0 finish in league, all but rendered Anderson unavailable for this week's Big West tournament and gave life to teams hoping to snatch the conference's automatic NCAA bid. The impact of the injury to Anderson, the Big West defensive player of the year, adds intrigue to what most considered Long Beach's tournament to lose.
October 15, 2009 |
Any college coach likes to see one of his players follow a missed shot by grabbing the rebound and dunking. It was especially nice for UCLA's Ben Howland when he watched forward James Keefe , recovering from a shoulder injury, attack the hoop during an individual workout this week. "I think he's a little better off than was originally feared," Howland said. Speaking to reporters at the team's media day Wednesday, the coach said he will continue to play it safe by limiting Keefe to noncontact drills when practices officially begin Friday.
November 30, 2009 |
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.
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 11, 2010 |
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.
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)
November 16, 2012 |
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.
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 12, 2014 |
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.