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December 7, 2013

The Beach goes cross-country to face NC State



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Game facts

Long Beach State (1-8) at NC State (5-2)

Game time: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. — PNC Arena in Raleigh

Television: Fox Sports South

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Anthony Barber (6-2, 170, Fr.,12.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.9 apg)
SG — 5 Desmond Lee (6-4, 200, Jr., 10.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg)
SF — 24 T.J. Warren (6-8, 215, Soph., 22.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 2.0 spg)
PF — 10 Lennard Freeman (6-8, 245, Fr., 4.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.1 apg)
C — 14 Jordan Vandenberg (7-1, 245, 5th-Sr., 11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 3.0 bpg)

Long Beach State
PG — 5 Mike Caffey (6-0, 175, Jr., 16.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.9 spg)
SG — 14 Branford Jones (6-1, 185, R-Fr., 7.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg)
SF — 14 A.J. Spencer (6-3, 200, Jr., 9.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg)
PF — 11 David Samuels (6-7, 220, Jr., 6.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg)
C — 35 Dan Jennings (6-9, 245, R-Jr., 12.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg)

Long Beach State

Location: Long Beach, Calif.

Nickname: 49ers

2012-13 record: 19-14 overall, 14-4 Big West (first place)

2013 postseason: Lost in first round of NIT

Coach: Dan Monson seventh year at Long Beach State (105-99) and 17th overall (275-222)

Series: NC State leads 1-0

Last meeting: NC State won 100-73 on Jan. 6, 1979, in Raleigh, N.C.

Notes

Long Beach State: Veteran coach Dan Monson built up Gonzaga and reached the Elite Eight in 1999 during his two years in Spokane, Wash. The son of a former college coach, Monson then left for Minnesota and reached the NCAA Tournament once and the NIT four times in eight seasons while dealing with the academic fallout under previous coach Clem Haskins. Monson resigned seven games into the 2006-2007 season, and then landed at LBSU in 2007. He has led the 49ers to one NCAA Tournament appearance and two NIT bids in six seasons … Long Beach State has played a killer schedule with contests against Arizona, Michigan, VCU, Washington, Creighton and Kansas State twice, among others. The 49ers lone win has been the season opener against Hawaii Pacific … Junior point guard Mike Caffey earned first-team All-Big West honors last year after averaging 12.0 points and 3.8 assists per game, while shooting 32.9 percent from three-point land. He has increased his statistics across the board, and upped his three-point percent to 37.8 percent. However, he is a poor free-throw shooter at 54.3 percent this season and 59.2 last year. Caffey had 28 points and nine assists at Washington on Nov. 9, and 23 points and seven assists against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 14 … Junior center Dan Jennings started off his college career at West Virginia before making the move to LBSU. The Staten Island, N.Y., native averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last year. Jennings has had three double-doubles for points and rebounds this season, and had a season-high 22 points at Washington. He also finished with 14 points and 12 boards in the first meeting at Kansas State on Nov. 17 … Junior wing A.J. Spencer has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games, including a season-high 14 at VCU on Nov. 22. He is just 3 of 20 from three-point land on the season … Sophomore guard Branford Jones had 19 points and three three-pointers at VCU. He is shooting 38.5 percent from three-point land, but 52.6 at the free-throw line (10 of 19) … Junior college transfer David Samuels had 11 points and eight rebounds against both Washington and Hawaii Pacific … UCLA transfer Tyler Lamb becomes eligible after the end of the fall semester. Loyola Marymount transfer Edgar Garibay, who is 6-11 and 250 pounds, suffered a season-ending ACL tear. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds after becoming eligible at the mid-year point last year. Freshman guard Anson Moye is out with a preseason foot injury, and is the younger brother of former Indiana small forward A.J. Moye. Junior power forward Charles Lockett transferred to Long Beach State from Benedictine, and sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.



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