Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fall Sports Recap

Cross Country
Long Beach State senior Rosa Del Toro and sophomore Heath Reedy earned USTFCCCA All-Region awards for their efforts this season. Both Cross Country teams concluded their seasons at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford. Reedy recorded the highest finish among all LBSU runners at the Stanford Golf Course Reedy finished in 18th place with a personal-best in the 10,000-meters of 29:52. The 49er men's team placed ninth out of 25 teams, tallying 288 points and was the second highest team from the Big West. Del Toro was the top runner for the women's squad in the 6K meet, crossing the finish line in 19th with a time of 20:49, just missing qualifying for the NCAA Championship by one place and one second. The LBSU women's team finished in 11th out of 31 teams, collecting 332 points and was the third highest team from the Big West.

Women's Volleyball
Your 49ers became the 25th consecutive team to make the NCAA Tournament, No. 23 Long Beach State faced No. 20 University of San Diego Toros first round. After a hard battle, Long Beach fell 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21 in the only matchup between ranked teams in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Long Beach State finishes the 2011 season with a 23-7 overall record. Long Beach State is slated to return nearly the entire roster, including all starters other than Ledoux and senior libero Lauren Minkel, who led the 49ers with 15 digs in her final match.

Senior Caitlin Ledoux and sophomore Haleigh Hampton were both named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-West Region Team, as announced by the AVCA. With their selection to the All-Region team, both Ledoux and Hampton are guaranteed at least an Honorable Mention All-America selection.

Women's Soccer
The Long Beach State women's soccer team's historic run came to an end as it fell to top-seeded and third-ranked Duke, 2-0, in front of 2,192 fans at Koskinen Stadium. LBSU ended the season with an 18-6-1 overall record, marking the most wins in school history. Prior to their loss in the NCAA Elite Eight, the 49ers had won a program-record eight consecutive games with seven of those coming by way of a shutout. LBSU had not allowed a goal in 544 minutes until Duke found the back of the net at the 66:28 mark. Long Beach State finished the best season in program history with a school-record 49 goals, 52 assists and 150 points. In their third postseason appearance, the 49ers not only won their first NCAA Tournament game, but also became the first team in Big West Conference history to move on to the Elite Eight.

For more information please visit www.LongBeachState.com, Go Beach!

Monday, November 14, 2011

49ers Homecoming Weekend Recap

Women's Volleyball clinches the Big West Championship with two wins on the road, and secures NCAA Tournament berth for the 25th consecutive year. Senior Caitlin Le Doux wins Big West Player of the Week for her performance at UC Davis and the University of Pacific. Your 49ers have won the last 11 games and will return to the Walter Pyramid this weekend against UC Irvine. First serve is set to go off at 7:00PM Saturday, November 19th.

Women's Soccer wins the first round of NCAA Tournament defeating No. 7 Pepperdine 1-0 in overtime, Nadia Link scored the golden goal with 14 seconds left. Third time's the charm for Head Coach Mauricio Ingrassia and Your 49ers, this is Long Beach State's third appearance in the national tournament, and first ever NCAA Tournament win. Your 49ers will compete in the 2nd round against the University of Miami, which will be played at UCLA Drake Stadium Friday, November 18th at 5:00PM.




Women's Basketball wins home opener by 32 points against Utah Valley, final score 75-43. Tipesa Moorer captured her second career double at Long Beach State with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Ella Clark had a career-best seven blocks which ties her for third in the program's single-game history, she also tied  career best with 16 points during the game. Your 49ers is on the road with their next game at Sacramento State November 19th at 7:05PM.




Men's Basketball is victorious on Homecoming defeating the University of Idaho 69-61 in front of 4,348 audience in the Walter Pyramid. With his stellar performance and a career high of seven assists, Larry Anderson receives Big West Player of the Week. Casper Ware register 20 points against the Vandals. Your 49ers are on the road with their next game against No. 9 Pittsburgh, November 16th Wednesday at 6:00PM PT. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.




For more information please visit LongBeachState.com and 'LIKE' us on Facebook.com/LBSUAthletics, and follow us on Twitter.com/LBSUAthletics. GO BEACH!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Big West Tournament: Women's Soccer

Long Beach State Women's Soccer will look to defend it's Big West Championship starting Thursday, November 3rd against No. 3 Cal State Northridge. Your 49ers will host the Matadors as the second seed in the Big West, and the semifinal game is set to start 2:00PM at George Allen Field.

If the women's soccer team prevails against Cal State Northridge, Your 49ers will play against either No. 1 UC Irvine or No. 4 UC Davis Sunday, November 6th. If UC Irvine wins, Long Beach State will travel to Irvine on Sunday November to play for the Big West Championship. However, if UC Davis wins, Long Beach State will host at home on Sunday to play for the title.

Along with clinching Big West Tournament berth, junior Nadia Link was named Big West Offensive Player of the Week with her spectacular performance this past weekend. It is her second weekly honor this season, and the third of her career at Long Beach State. On the week, Link led Your 49ers in goals (2), assists (3), point (7), and shot attempts (9). She leads the Big West in goals (14), assists (10) and points (38), and ranks among the top three in the LBSU single-season record books in each of those categories. Nadia is the third 49er in school history, and the first since the program was reinstated in 1998, to register double figures in both goals and assists. Link has played a pivotal role this season in helping Long Beach State proceed into post-season play.
Your 49ers return to George Allen Field this Thursday at 2:00PM against Cal State Northridge in the semifinal of the Big West Conference Championship. For more information please visit LongBeachState.com and follow us on Facebook.com/LBSUAthletics for up-to-date information. GO BEACH!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Big West Athlete of the Week: Haleigh Hampton

Women's Volleyball Haleigh Hampton receives Big West Athlete of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore middle blocker led Your 49ers this past weekend with two victories on the road against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. The team now holds a 8-2 record in the Big West Conference and continues to lead the conference standings.

Hampton led the 49ers in kills, in the game against Cal Poly Hampton tallied a season's best 20 kills, just one shy of her career record of 21. At UC Santa Barbara Hampton had 19 kills, and led the team to a four-set win over the Gauchos. She also leads the conference in blocking, and is among the leaders for both hitting percentage and kills per set in conference matches.

Your 49ers return to the Walter Pyramid this weekend to host UC Riverside on Friday and Cal State Northridge on Saturday. UC Riverside was the last team in the Big West to defeat Your 49ers, and the women's volleyball team will be looking to secure the win at home.

First serve is set to go off at 7PM, GO BEACH!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LBSU Men's Basketball Receives Preseason Acclaim

LBSU Men's Basketball is picked as the favorite to win the Big West Title this 2011-2012 season. Along with Big West recognition, the 49ers also received two points in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. Three players were also chosen on the six-man Preseason Media Big West All-American Conference Team.

Your 49ers received 20 out of 24 first-place votes and finished with 212 points in the preseason conference poll. Reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year, Casper Ware earned a spot on the preseason all-league team as well as Larry Anderson and T.J. Robinson. The men's basketball team completed last season with a 14-2 record in the Big West, and returns four key starters - Casper Ware, T.J. Robinson, Larry Anderson, and Eugene Phelps. 

Among other preseason accolades, Senior Casper Ware is one of 50 other basketball student-athletes in Division I to be awarded the John R. Wooden Preseason Top 50 Award, the preseason watch list for the national player of the year award. 

The LBSU Men's Basketball team will face a tough schedule early in the season, facing five teams ranked in the preseason by the coaches poll. Non-conference games include No. 1 North Carolina (Dec. 10), No. 8 Louisville (Nov. 28), No. 11 Pittsburgh (Nov. 16), No. 13 Kansas (Dec. 6), and No. 15 Xavier (Dec. 22). 

Homecoming is set on November 12, 2011 at the Walter Pyramid against Boise State at 2:05PM. For more information please visit LongBeachState.com.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hard Work Wins Championships

Check out this video made by the LBSU Throws Squad of 2012.



Go Beach!

Big West Athlete of the Week: Rosa Del Toro (10/18/2011)



Women's Cross Country Rosa Del Toro receives the Big West Athlete of the week for the second time this season. Del Toro led the way for Your 49ers this past weekend at the Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park in Sunnyvale hosted by Santa Clara University. Del Toro recorded a new school record and a personal-best in the 5,000 meters by five seconds with a mark of 17:09.8, which helped lead the LBSU women's cross country team to defend their title at the Bronco Invitational. The 49ers compiled 94 points to beat out second-place Portland (100 points) and Idaho State (116 points) in third. 



With the win, LBSU has entered the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women's West Region poll as No. 9. For more information about the USTFCCCA Rankings visit longbeachstate.com.


Del Toro also received LBSU Student-Athlete of the week for her endeavors. The 49ers return to action October 21 traveling to Cal State Fullerton for the Titan Invitational. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Big West Athlete of the Week: Kaitlyn Gustaves



Senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Gustaves has earned the Big West Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. This is the first weekly honor for Gustaves and the second for Long Beach State women's soccer this season as Nadia Link was awarded the Big West Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the week on Sept. 5.

Gustaves had a strong outing on Sunday in a 2-1 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton. After the Titans scored in the 28th minute, Gustaves did not allow another goal, which allowed senior Nicole Hubbard to score the equalizer with 14 seconds left in regulation. Senior Nadia Link would go onto the score the game winning goal four minutes into overtime. Gustaves compiled a career-high nine saves, 4 in the first half and 5 in the second, while facing 13 shots in total.

Your 49ers remain undefeated in Big West Conference play, with a solid effort from Gustaves playing every minute in goal this season. This season Gustaves has compiled 44 saves, five shutouts, and a 0.91 goals on average. Her goals against average, shutout total and minutes played, all rank among the top 10 in the 49er single-season record books.

Women's soccer hits the road this weekend at Cal State Northridge on the 14th and UC Irvine on the 16th.

Big West Athlete of the Week: Haleigh Hampton




 
Playing Tuesday October 4th at UC Irvine, Hampton had nine kills on .500 hitting while leading the 49ers to a 3-0 sweep on the road against the Anteaters. Your 49ers marked an impressive error-free performance at UCI, and Hampton earned the award in the wake of her second double-double of the year against Cal State Fullerton later that week on Saturday. Against the defending Big West Champions, Hampton made 13 kills on .417 hitting, and also held an impressive 10 blocks - 3 solo and 7 block assists. With Haleigh Hampton's solid performance on the offensive and defensive sides, the 49ers defeated the Titans in four sets.

Hampton's award as the Big West Player of the Week honor is the first for Long Beach State in the 2011 season. It's also the first career Player of the Week award for Hampton as well.

Women's Volleyball will continue Big West Conference play this weekend against UC Davis on the 14th and the University of Pacific on the 15th. First serve at 7PM at The Walter Pyramid.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

49er Fall Sports Update



WOMEN’S SOCCER
Women’s soccer captured a national ranking at No. 23 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of American poll, which was released October 4. The 49ers also hold the No. 3 slot in the West Region, behind Pepperdine and Santa Clara. This weekend Long Beach State will play their first Big West Conference game against the Cal State Fullerton Titans at George Allen Field Sunday, October 9 at 3:00PM.

In other news, senior Nadia Link is among 24 collegiate and young professional players who will be evaluated by U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage for possible call-ups to training camps heading into the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver in January. She received a late invitation to train with the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team, Oct. 2-7, at the Home Depot Center in Carson.


MEN’S WATER POLO
Men’s Water Polo will begin Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 5:00PM against the University of Southern California. The Trojans are currently ranked as first in the MPSF, the 49ers are currently ranked thirteenth, so this will be a good indication where the 49ers will shape up against the rest of the conference this upcoming season. Men’s water polo currently holds a 11-3 record, and it is the best start since 2007. Action for men’s water polo will continue Saturday, October 8, 2011 against the California Golden Bears at the campus pool. Game time is set to start at 2:00PM.

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Women’s tennis had a strong representation at the ITA All-American Tournament this past weekend at the Riviera Tennis Club. This tournament is invitation only, where all the best players in Division I compete. Anais Dallara who plays number one for the women’s team received an invitation to the pre-qualifying round of the tournament. Dallara's run through pre-qualifying and qualifying ended as the senior fell 6-3, 6-3 to #42 Marianne Jodoin of Fresno State in the Round of 64 in qualifying. Dallara continues the tournament this week through the backdraw.

The women’s tennis team also showed great success at the UNLV Fall Invitation two weeks ago. Anna Jeczmionka finished with a victory of Ginet Pinero of New Mexico State, taking the flight two singles title with a 6-1, 6-3 win on Sunday, finishing the first weekend 3-0 in singles action. Also winning their flight in doubles, Sarah Cantlay and Rachel Manasse beat Pavlovic/de Lanleay of UNLV by an 8-2 margin to earn Long Beach State's second main draw victory of the day. This weekend the team will travel to Fullerton to compete in the Fullerton Invitational. With a solid showing at the UNLV Fall Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello hopes to continue to build on the momentum with her players.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
With a tough start in Big West play, the women’s volleyball team looks to reestablish their Big West presence after a 3-0 shutout against the UCI Anteaters this past Tuesday. They take on the Cal State Fullerton Titans at the Walter Pyramid Saturday, October 8, 2011. With senior captain and key player Caitlin Ledoux still out with an injury, the rest of the team is looking to step up and rise to the occasion. A relatively young team has been led by Sophomore Haleigh Hampton, she registered nine kills with no errors on .500 hitting to lead the 49ers to victory against UCI on Tuesday. Women’s volleyball returns to Long Beach this weekend and first serve is set at 7:00PM Saturday, October 8, 2011.


For more information about Your 49ers please visit www.LongBeachState.com. Also please visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LBSUathletics) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LBSUAthletics). GO BEACH!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Big West Athletes of the Week (9/6): Heath Reedy & Rosa Del Toro


Long Beach State 49ers Heath Reedy and Rosa Del Toro had great success in each of their respective races at the Asics Fullerton Season Opener. Both runners won their events and earned this season's first Big West Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
Heath Reedy returns for his second year at Long Beach State with a great start being the first to finish with the top time of 25:0.4, 11 seconds ahead of second place Tyler Reed of Cal State Fullerton. 

Senior Rosa Del Toro led the 49ers women's cross country team to a second place finish after winning the women's 6K with a time of 22:03.7. Del Toro bested the second place finisher, Karen Rosas of Glendale, by nearly five seconds.



Cross country returns to action this week at the UC Irvine Invitational September 10th. Please visit longbeachstate.com for more information!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Your 49er Insider: Episode 3


On this week's episode, we sit down for an in-depth chat with Long Beach State Athletics Director Vic Cegles.



Monday, August 22, 2011

Volleyball: 2011 Alumni Game



This past Saturday LBSU Women’s Volleyball kicked off their season with an exciting match against the alumni of the program. The match was high-spirited as former 49ers warmed up in Walter Pyramid alongside your present 49ers of the program. Seeing the two merge together for such an occasion was truly something special. The match kicked off as the alumni set the tone by winning the first point of the game. The current 49ers grabbed the first set by a large margin, but much more was to be said about the second set. The alumni fired back and held alongside the current 49ers point-by-point, and eventually clutching the second set - sending the game to the final and deciding third set. The current 49ers set the pace by grabbing a large lead in at the beginning of the third set and securing the win. The match was filled with long rallies and friendly banter between players. Great volleyball was played between both sides, and for that afternoon both the past and present came together to celebrate the beginning of another exciting season. 

The women’s volleyball program starts the season off with a No. 22 preseason nod, and is also picked to win the 2011 Big West Volleyball Championship. Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro looks to lead Long Beach State to its 12th Big West Championship title. Your 49ers are led by two-time AVCA Honorable mention Caitlin Ledoux and first-team All-Big West selection Haleigh Hampton. This weekend the women’s volleyball team will host the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational. It’s going to be an exciting weekend as they take on teams from the University of Washington, Prairie View A&M, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Please visit longbeachstate.com for more information and GO BEACH!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Track and Field: Big West Awards

Hot off the heels of LBSU Men's Track and Field program winning the Big West Championship, top honors have been awarded to the 49ers with Colin Dunbar taking home Field Athlete of the Year and head coach Andy Sythe taking home his third Big West Coach of the Year award.


Dunbar, a senior thrower, had an outstanding season, being named Big West Field Athlete of the Week on four separate occasions. Most recently, he won both the discus and hammer throw at the Big West Championships to propel Long Beach State to the conference title. He placed third in the shot put and seventh in the javelin, becoming only the second athlete in conference history to score in all four throwing events.

Throughout the season, Dunbar established lifetime bests of 223-06 in the hammer throw, 177-5 in the discuss, and 55-02.75 in the shot put.


After leading the men's track and field team to a Big West Championship Coach Sythe was awarded BW Coach of the Year for the third time, his first since 2008. LBSU claimed five individual titles at the league meet as well as the decathlon event, earning the most points by a club since the last time the 49ers won the BW title in 2008.

LBSU track and field now moves on to the NCAA West Preliminary rounds May 26-28 in Eugene, Ore.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Softball: award re-cap and NCAA tournament preview


After completing a stellar 2011 regular season, Long Beach State now has the hardware to back it up.

Big West Awards

The headliner for LBSU was Erin Jones-Wesley, who is only the second pitcher (teammate Brooke Turner was the first) ever to be named both Big West Pitcher of the Year and BW Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Jones-Wesley posted a stat line of 22 wins (led BW), 1.45 ERA (led BW) and 163 strikeouts in 183.2 innings pitched.

Jones-Wesley joins senior third baseman Liz Javier (.325 batting average, 2 HR, 25 RBI), and freshman outfielder Hannah De Gaetano (.328 batting average, 2 HR, 17 RBI) on the All Big West First team.

Long Beach State had three representatives on Second Team All Big West: senior first baseman Christina Schallig (.344 batting average in league games, 4 HR, 17 RBI), sophomore second baseman Nalani St. Germain (.320 batting average, 8 HR, 29 RBI), and freshman designated player Sarah Carrasco (.328 batting average, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

Pitchers Taylor Petty and Brooke Turner earned honorable mention all Big West accolades.

NCAA Tournament 

Post season play will kick off for LBSU softball on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a rematch with San Diego State. Long Beach will play in the Tempe, Ariz. regional with host team and No. 1 overall seed Arizona State. North Dakota State is the other team in the regional.

All games in the Tempe regional will be broadcast on ESPNU.

For NCAA Tourney softball updates, be sure to stay tuned to LongBeachState.com as well as LBSU's social media outlets:


facebook.com/LBSUathletics
twitter.com/LBSUathletics

NCAA Softball has their own social media outlets that will also be updating constantly about the tournament:

twitter.com/ncaasoftball
hashtag: #wcws

AVCA National Player of the Week: Josh Riley


Leading up to the MPSF tournament, senior outside hitter Josh Riley was named Sports Imports/ AVCA National Player of the Week. We recently caught up with Josh and asked about the award and his time at Long Beach State.


Black and Gold Insider: How did it feel to be named national player of the week?

Josh Riley: It was an honor to be named player of the week, but it was better to get the win up at Stanford. I would not have gotten the award if it was for not the team winning.

Can you give a bit of a recap of the season?

Josh Riley: The season was a great turn around from the 2010 season and we were very close as a team. We had some emotional wins and some emotional losses but over all the season was great.

What was your favorite part about playing volleyball at Long Beach State?

Josh Riley: My favorite part about playing volleyball at LBSU was hands down playing in the Pyramid and the guys on the team.

Does one memory in particular stand out over your career here?

Josh Riley: Going to the final four, or winning that first playoff game against Stanford.

What does it mean to bleed Black and Gold?

Josh Riley: It means the world to me because no one works harder than we do.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Track and Field: Big West Championship Preview


 The Black and Gold Insider caught up with T&F coach Andy Sythe as he prepares his team for the Big West Championships this weekend in Irvine.


2011 Softball Seniors



As Long Beach State softball readies for their final series of the year, we had a chat with the four seniors from the 2011 team.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LBSU Athlete of the Week: Monica Villareal (4/25/2011)


Junior Monica Villareal finished in second place at the Big West Championship after recording a career-low 67 in the first round en route to earning this week's Long Beach State Athlete of the Week Award. The Black and Gold Insider sat down with Monica to talk about her impressive weekend.

Black and Gold Insider: How does it feel to be named the Long Beach State Athlete of the Week?

Monica Villareal: It is both an honor and privilege! I am very proud of our school, and the fact that I am the athlete of the week here at Long Beach State is a great feeling.

What was working well for you over the weekend when you were able to shoot a career low 67 at the Big West Championships?

Monica Villareal: I went out there with an open mind and no expectations, just another walk on the course for me. I was confident in my shot making and I made a lot of clutch putts. I have been practicing hard these past few weeks, and everything just seemed to fall into place at the tournament.

Who inspired you to play golf?

Monica Villareal: My awesome dad.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Monica Villareal: I mark all my golf balls with pink flowers, listen to classical music while warming up, practice my breathing exercises and say a prayer.

What does it mean to Bleed Black and Gold?

Monica Villareal: It means to play hard and work hard no matter what! Bleeding Black and Gold means having great honor and pride in Long Beach State and representing to the best of my ability- win or lose I Bleed Black and Gold.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

LBSU Breast Cancer Awareness Recap

This year Long Beach State hosted our first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the softball and baseball games. The event was a huge success as over 1,290 dollars were raised to help fight breast cancer.

The baseball game saw the Dirtbags host the University of California, Riverside. 138 raffle tickets were sold at the event for the opportunity to win one of four different packages.
The first package contained:
1 Autographed Dirtbag Jersey
1 Dirtbag Hat
1 Long Beach Beanie

The second package contained:
1 Autographed Black Dirtbag Jersey
1 Dirtbag Hat
1 Long Beach Beanie

The third and fourth packages contained:
1 Autographed Dirtbag T-shirt
1 Dirtbag Hat 1 Long Beach Beanie
1 Breast Cancer Awareness Baseball

Through the raffle tickets $690.00 dollars were raised.

The softball team hosted UC Davis. Carrie Lovelady threw out the first pitch, she is Christina Schallig's mom, and a proud two year breast cancer survivor. The team took the field wearing pink visors, shoe laces, and headbands as Erin Jones-Wesley threw a complete game, one-hit shutout for the first game. In the second game, Nalani St. Germain hit a walk off homer to complete the sweep of UC Davis with a 2-1 victory. Over $600.00 dollars were raised at the softball games through ticket sales and raffle tickets to benefit the Love/Avon Army of Women.

Big West Athlete of the Week (4.11): Colin Dunbar

Colin Dunbar is selected as the Big West Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Big West Cup Challenge on 4.8.11. Dunbar's performance in the hammer at the event earns his spot in the LBSU history books as he is second only to Bill Green. Watch Colin talk about representing LBSU and how to throw shot put.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Student Athlete of the Week: Ceasar Puga (4.11.11)

Track and Field Discus and Shot Put extraordinaire Ceasar Puga is this weeks Long Beach State student athlete of the week. Puga's impressive performance helped lead LBSU set a meet record at the Big West Challenge Cup. Ceasar gave the Black and Gold Insider a few moments of his time to talk about his accomplishments on the track.
Cesar, you are Long Beach State's student athlete of the week for your performance at the Big West Challenge Cup, how does it feel to receive these honors?
It feels great, I was really happy when I found out that I was athlete of the week. I know that there were a lot of other athletes excelling in their sport and for me to get the award makes me feel good.

Not many people are familiar with your events, shot put and discus, how do you prepare for them?
One very important aspect of our training is our weight training. We spend almost as much time lifting weights as we do practicing our technique and throwing. We spend a few hours going over our technique, and a few hours throwing. It is important to be strong and explosive and it is also important to have technique.

Outside of track, what are your passions in life?
Well, one of my passions is exploring different restaurants from many different cultures. I enjoy trying all sorts of different food. I would have to say my favorite foods would have to be steak and seafood.

What is your major, what do you plan to do after graduation?
My major is Communication. What I plan on doing is working in the police force, but not as a regular patrol officer. I want to work for either the SWAT or the FBI or something along those lines.

What does it mean to bleed Black and Gold?
Bleeding Black and Gold means having pride and loyalty in my school and giving 100 percent effort in competitiveness.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Social Media Night at Blair Field (4.15.11)

This Friday LBSU will host our first ever Social Media day at Blair Field as the Dirtbags take on UC Riverside. The theme is in an effort to bring awareness to LBSU's various new media outlets including, the Black and Gold Insider, twitter and facebook.

Fans posting photos of themselves decked out in their black and gold to Long Beach State Athletic's facebook page could be featured on the video board during the game. Moreover, they are eligible to win two free lift tickets for Mountain High!

In game there will be the opportunity for fans to tweet-up. Select tweets will be displayed on the video board.

Fans will be encouraged to like the facebook page either through their smart phone or at a laptop located at the marketing booth. Once fans do so (or show that they were already a fan) a representative at the marketing booth will provide them with a gift card for a free double-double at In n Out.

In addition to showing their support for Long Beach State, fans who are interactive during the game on facebook or twitter will be entered to win a Dirtbags VIP package.

As always the Black and Gold Insider will be blogging live from the game to keep interactive fans who cannot make it out to Blair Field up to date on the latest Dirtbags' news.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Live Blog: Dirtbags vs. UC Davis Aggies 4/9/2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Live Blog: UC Davis vs. Long Beach State Dirtbags

Thursday, April 7, 2011

LBSU Athlete of the Week: Ino Patron (4/4/2011)

This week's Long Beach State Athlete of the Week award was nabbed by freshman infielder Ino Patron. Patron was an integral part of a potent Dirtbag offense that exploded for 20 runs last Friday night. Coupled with a win on Saturday, the Dirtbags won their conference opening series against Pacific by outscoring the Tigers 30-7.

On the weekend Patron hit .667 and had an OBP of .786


Black and Gold Insider: How does it feel to be named Long Beach State Athlete of the Week?

Ino Patron: It is an honor to be named Long Beach State Athlete of the Week. A lot of guys on our team had a great week so I feel lucky to get this award.

How do you explain the 20 run outburst you guys had at Pacific? Were you surprised at all? How do you build on a highly successful day like that?

Ino Patron: We had a good game plan going into that game and Coach Gilbert prepared us really well for their pitchers. I think you will always be surprised when you put up 20 runs on a team, but I felt like we were due to have an offensive outburst because we were in tight ball games all year and never really got the bats going yet. You build on a successful day like that by continuing to work hard and preparing the right way and not worrying about results by staying in the present and focusing on winning every pitch.

What did you guys learn about your team playing the very tough non-conference schedule, and how do you think that experience will help you in conference play?

Ino Patron: We learned that we can compete with any team in the country and that we are not afraid what the other team’s jersey says. We go out there and play the game of baseball. This non-conference play will help us in conference play because we know how to win in tight games and we stick together throughout everything that happens in a game.

What's the atmosphere like around the team in the clubhouse and dugout?
Ino Patron: The atmosphere around the team and in the clubhouse and dugout is pretty loose. We all like to joke around and have fun. I think we have taken on the personalities of the coaches in a way and they keep us loving the game and getting down to business. When it comes to game time and practice we have to go to work and get it done.

What does it mean to be a Dirtbag?

Ino Patron: It is a privilege to be called a Dirtbag. It means to play the game hard and the right way. To bleed black and yellow and by the end of the game have some dirt on your jersey.

Monday, April 4, 2011

This Week At Long Beach State (4/4/2011)

Welcome back from spring break students and fans, do we ever have a busy week for you to get back in the Black and Gold swing of things. There are a total of ten home sporting events this week for Long Beach State across four different sports.


Tuesday
It all gets started Tuesday with the Dirtbags vs. San Diego State Aztecs @ Blair Field, 6:30 p.m.

The Dirtbags come home after a series win against Pacific in the opening weekend of Big West Play, and will face an Aztecs club in mid-week action that comes limping in with a 9-19 record, having most recently lost two out of three to Oral Roberts. SDSU is 2-4 in midweek games.

Wednesday 
Men's Volleyball vs. UC Irvine @ Walter Pyramid, 7:00 p.m.

The Black and Blue Rivalry Series is on once again at the Pyramid with LBSU men's volleyball taking on the rival Anteaters. The 'Eaters and 49ers are ranked No. 4 and 5 respectively in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll. The two squads split their previous two matches earlier in the year, with Long Beach coming out on top Jan. 7, 3-1 at the UCSB Elephant Bar Tournament. UCI earned their own 3-1 victory over LB State Feb. 16 at Bren.

Friday
Women's Tennis vs. Oregon Ducks @ Rhodes Tennis Center, 2:00 p.m.
The 49ers and Ducks will take a break from conference play and battle on the hard court. Oregon is 7-11 on the year, and have lost their last five matches. LBSU holds a 13-5 record overall, most recently winning two out of three matches during a Mid-West Road Trip.

Dirtbags vs. UC Davis Aggies @ Blair Field, 6:30 p.m.
Big West play continues for the Dirtbags, taking on Davis in a weekend series. Long Beach State won their series this past weekend against Pacific, and were only denied a sweep of the Tigers because of a three run rally in the ninth of game three. Davis was swept by Fullerton this past weekend, as they were outscored by the Titans 25-2

Saturday
Women's Tennis vs. Cal Poly Mustangs @ Rhodes Tennis Center, 11:00 a.m.
Beach Tennis will tangle with ranked Big West foe Cal Poly in a crucial match for both teams.

Softball vs. Cal State Northridge @ 49er Softball Complex, 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
49er softball returns to Long Beach for a Big West showdown with the Matadors. CSUN are 13-20 overall on the year while LBSU boasts a 23-12 record, going 11-3 at home. Erin Jones-Wesley will look to continue her dominant freshman campaign in game 1.

Dirtbags vs. UC Davis Aggies @ Blair Field, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday night should see a packed Blair Field for Troy Tulowitzki bobblehead night. The first 1,500 fans at Blair will receive a replica of the former Dirtbag and now major leaguer. Come early to insure you can take Tulo home with you.

Men's Volleyball vs. UC San Diego Tritons @ Walter Pyramid, 7:00 p.m.
49ers host another MPSF foe Saturday night in the 'Mid.

Sunday
Softball vs. Cal State Northridge @ 49er Softball Complex, 1:00 p.m.

Dirtbags vs. UC Davis @ Blair Field, 1:00 p.m.

Baseball and softball wrap their weekend series with day games on Sunday. 


Hope to see you at the games this week, Go Beach!

Friday, April 1, 2011

MPSF Athlete of the Week: Antwain Aguillard (3/28/2011)


Senior Antwain Aguillard locked up this week's MPSF and Long Beach State Athlete of the Awards by hitting a blistering .695 (41-0-59) with no errors in two wins over Pacific and Stanford on the road last weekend, setting a career-high with 24 kills against the No. 2 Cardinal in the win. The Black and Gold Insider caught up with Antwain to hear about his impressive weekend.


Black and Gold Insider: How does it feel to be recognized as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Molten Player of the Week?

Antwain Aguillard: To be recognized as the MPSF player of the week is a great honor to have. It is an award that our team shares together because it was not just an individual effort. We rely on each other a great deal to succeed and compete on a high level like we do.

You helped defeat No. 2 ranked Stanford with a career-high 24 kills, what was the key to that victory?

Antwain Aguillard: The key to this victory was sticking together, and staying cohesive after going down two games to one.
What do you think this team needs to continue to do in order to compete at this level?

Antwain Aguillard: For us to keep competing at this level, I think it is important that we take care of our side of the net. Hit our good serves, and get over the net to make good blocking moves.
You are a geography major, what is one place in the world you would love to have the opportunity to visit, and why?

Antwain Aguillard: I'd like to visit Chengdu, China because of my high interest in culinary arts. Chengdu is known for its extraordinary food.

How does your school pride affect your on the court performance?

Antwain Aguillard: My school pride affects my on the court performance for many reasons. First being that it is my last year and I want our program to be seen as powerful once again, therefore helping our future teams get highly rated recruits. Second, my school pride helps me to keep going because I, as well as my team, want to be national champions once again.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erin Jones-Wesley Fourpeats as Big West Pitcher of the Week



Erin Jones-Wesley was honored by the Big West Conference again as she earned the title of Co-Pitcher of the week. Jones-Wesley had two wins and one save for the week of March 21. She beat Ohio and Canisus in her outstanding shut-out performances.

This is Erin’s fourth conference honor of the year, as she has been incredibly dominant to date. She is in great company other famous fourpeats:

Fellow pitcher Greg Maddux won the National League Cy Young award four times in a row from 1992-1995.

Competitive eater Joey Chesnut won this fourth Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4, 2010 and seeks to expand upon his championship run.

The Yankees created a dynasty with Joe DiMaggio in centerfield and won four championships between 1936-1939.

There have also been some truly famous foursomes.

The fab four- The Beatles: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Star- come to mind first.

There are also four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Rafael, and Donatello.

Clearly, four is an impressive number, but this week Erin strives to best her own record as she aims for five straight Big West Pitcher of the Week awards. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Even more Big West Athletes of the Week honored

So many Big West honors, such little time! Coriann Snyder and Klaudia Malenovska were the latest 49ers to garner conference recognition this past week.

Snyder, a freshman 2-Meter helped lead the 49ers to a 3-1 record at the LMU Invitational this past weekend.

No. 10 Long Beach State played four matches at the LMU Invitational, but Snyder was at her best when the team needed it the most, in a win over No. 18 Princeton and a near-upset of the host Lions, ranked No. 6 in the nation.

In the first match of the weekend against the Tigers, Snyder scored a pair of goals as the 49ers defeated Princeton 7-5. The freshman from Porterville, Calif., also scored a pair of goals as No. 10 Long Beach State nearly toppled No. 6 LMU on the road, losing 5-4, leading all scorers. In blowout wins over Sonoma State and CS San Bernardino, Snyder scored an additional goal while the 49ers primarily went to the bench throughout the second half of each contest.


Sophomore Malenovska earned Big West recognition after completing her first full week of competition, and won four matches for Long Beach State as the 49ers defeated Louisville before getting nipped by No. 30 Pepperdine 4-3.

Malenovska remained unbeaten in singles play, improving to 4-0 by winning two matches at No. 2 singles. First, Malenovska defeated Louisville's Mandy Brown 6-0, 6-3, before taking down Pepperdine's Ale Granillo 6-3, 6-4.

Malenovska also paired with Anais Dallara to win twice in doubles against both teams, helping the 49ers win the doubles point in each of their matches last weekend. The pair topped Fellerhoff/Shine of Louisville 8-5 before clinching a 2-1 doubles win against Pepperdine with a win over Issara/Zalameda 8-6.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Big West Track and Field Athletes of the week (3/21/2011)



For back to back weeks, Colin Dunbar and Tara Ross were named the men's and women's Big West Field Athletes of the Week the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.

At the USC Invitational last Friday, Dunbar finished third overall in the hammer throw with a lifetime-best 213-06. That mark also ranks him third in school history. The following day, Dunbar competed in the shot put, discus and javelin at the Aztec Invitational. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native notched a runner-up performance in the shot put with a personal-record 54-05.50, while placing 12th in the javelin (159-00) and 13th in the discus (149-00).

Ross, meanwhile, was Long Beach State's top finisher in the women's javelin at the Aztec Invitational as she took second with a season-best 160-00. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native now ranks fourth on the 49er all-time charts.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Big West Pitcher of the Week: Erin Jones-Wesley 3-21-2011


Freshman phenom Erin Jones-Wesley continues to roll, as she picked up her third Big West Pitcher of the week award following a week of going 2-0 with an 0.47 ERA for the 49ers last week, including throwing a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over Illinois.

Here is a video interview with the young pitcher following another complete game shutout that she handed the Ohio Bobcats on March 23 in mid week action.



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dirtbags vs. Oregon State Beavers (3.19.11)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Live Blog: Dirtbags vs. Oregon State 3/18/11



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Athlete of the Week: Deborah Armstrong

Long Beach State senior, Deborah Armstrong, won her second Student-Athlete of the Week honor on the season as she won her 174th career match (against Colombia), making her the school’s all-time leader in victories.

Armstrong is a finance major, originally from England, who has been recognized with numerous accolades on the court since High School. Her High School World Junior ranking was 238, and she competed in 2006 Wimbledon Junior Championship. She has continued to impress since setting foot on the Long Beach State campus where she has received Big West honors every season.

Deborah came into the season 30 wins behind Hannah Grady for the all time combined (singles and doubles) category. Deborah has lead the Women’s team to an impressive 10-3 record on the season, while accumulating her own fantastic statistics and leaving her mark on school history by besting Grady’s record with 9 schools left to face this season.

During her interview with the Black and Gold Insider last month Deborah stated, “to bleed black and gold is to fight for every game and stay out on the court as long as it takes.” This past week’s performance proves that she will continue to do just that, while setting school records.

Friday, March 11, 2011

BWT Live Game Blog: Long Beach State vs. UCR 3/11/2011


Live updates from court side at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

Pre-Game
We're back in Anaheim, with hopefully all the cramps worked out of Casper Ware's calf, for the No. 1 seed Long Beach State 49ers will look to return to the Big West Tournament Championship game for the second time in two years. Standing in their way are the UC Riverside Highlanders, who will face off with LBSU for the third time in the last 30 days.

The previous two meetings were won by Long Beach State, but both games Long Beach built early leads and then tried to coast to victory, which UCR would have none of. In a March 2 contest at UCR LB led by as much as 19, but an unresponsive defense from The Beach allowed the Highlanders to pull within one in the final minutes before the Niners were able to pull away with a 82 - 76 victory.

Yesterday, UCR defeated No. 2 seed Cal Poly in over time, the Highlanders were led by

Keys to the game
Play 40 minutes of 49er basketball. Long Beach came out way too anxious yesterday. And while that helped on the defensive end, it made running any semblance of offense difficult. With a victory under their belt, LBSU needs to come out ready to play today, but that aggression needs to be refined and controlled. Long Beach controlling the tempo is key. Especially after UCR comes off an emotional and exhausting overtime game, if LBSU can run on them it will be huge.

Rebounding.
In yesterday's quarterfinal game, it seemed Long Beach could not clear a rebound when it needed to most. UCI hit the offensive glass hard, and LBSU will need to severely limit those boards by the Highlanders. Getting a defensive rebound out quickly gives Ware, and Larry Anderson time to operate in the front court, and when a defense is not set, they are tough to contain.

Defensive intensity.
In the last meeting with UCR, Long Beach's defense was pretty lackadaisical. Instead of trying to get stops on the Highlanders, LBSU seemed pretty content to just try and score more points than their opponent, which ended up working, but is not the key to Long Beach success. Defensive stops and transition points are what the 49ers need to do to dominate this game. Would be interesting to see what would happen with a bit of full court press against the Highlanders, who average 14 turnovers per game.

20 minutes til tip
The Maniacs rode in on seven buses. And slowly they are all filling in, the one section relegated to the Long Beach Students can barely contain them all, and I know there are more coming. The crowd to this point is certainly in favor of the 49ers. Even the Carrot Top and Zach Galifianakis big heads made the trip.

Starting lineups

There are even more Maniacs here. Almost too many, there was some confusion which seats to occupy because the main student section is already full. The Long Beach students have really made this a home away from home. If the 49ers can get going early this crowd will get real loud.

Casper gives a pump up to the Maniacs and we're ready to rock.


UCR: Borum, Nioto, Martin, Bradshaw, Shearry
LBSU: Usual suspects; Ware, Plater, Anderson, Robinson, Phelps 

17:09 left in first half LBSU 9 - UCR 0
Greg Plater starts the game off with a triple in the corner.


LBSU defense forces a bad shot and Larry leads a fast break and-1.

The bench is jacked up. The students are jacked up. And after T.J. spins in the lane for an easy bucket, Jim Woolridge needs a timeout. 9-0 to start the game.

15:27 left in first half LBSU 14 - UCR 0
Maybe a little too anxious. Casper gets a steal but is called for an offensive foul.

But then T.J. makes a highlight reel bucket plus the foul. Robinson is fouled again heading to the rack and he'll shoot free throws after the media.

The energy on the Long Beach side of things is pretty incredible right now. We'll see how long LBSU can keep this shutout going.

11:22 left in first half LBSU 24 - UCR 10
UCR finally cracks the scoreboard with a three by Borum. And then Martin adds another three.

Martin gets a big dunk, but hangs on the rim, gets a technical and then has to be helped off the court. Talk about adding insult to injury...

In the 'Who has the yellowest shoes battle' Brandon Nevens may have one upped Larry Anderson tonight. Brandon may have wore out a few highlighters.

Plater hits his second three coming off a curl. And then another. Plater has nine early points, naturally all on threes.

What a spark Brandon Nevens is, he got a steal and breakaway layup, and then went for a steal and threw the ball off a UCR defender making it Long Beach ball after the break.

7:05 left in first half LBSU 26 - UCR 18
Casper picks up his second foul and has to head to the bench, not as big of a deal when you're already up 14. Long Beach just needs to play within themselves and they should be OK.

The camera man under our basket is getting abused, one ball landed right on top of his head, and then another just hit off his camera

UCR has cut it ten and now eight. And Monson wants timeout. The focus that there early for the Niners has dissipated a bit.

3:49 left in first half LBSU 31 - UCR 22
After the timeout, Ware checks back in and is fouled attacking the basket, sinking both free throws.

It was almost a blown defensive assignment by Plater, but it ended up being a steal for Greg, fast break and three point play for T.J. Robinson.

Half-time LBSU 40 - UCR 28
Wooldridge just got T'd up. He has a lot to be upset about, but I think his latest gripe was an offensive foul call. And Greg sinks both the free throws.

Borum drills another three, he leads the highlanders with 11.

After an airball by UCR, LBSU holds for the last shot, and Anderson drains a three for the corner and gives a salute to the Maniacs and we're at the half.

Half-time stats
For the second straight day, the free throw line is the big difference for Long Beach State. Riverside only shot two free throws. The Niners shot 17, connecting on 14.

Both teams end up shooting an identical 11-26 from the field (42.3 percent). Long Beach was 4-9 on threes, UCR 5-9.

Robinson and Plater each have eleven points to pace the 49ers. Long Beach has the edge on rebounds, with 18 total to UCR's 12. Seven of those board for LB were offensive.

Long Beach came out about as hot as possible, but then calmed down considerably, mostly trading baskets with UCR. That said, Long Beach is still up 12.

17:10 left in second half LBSU 45 - UCR 30
Nice give and go by Larry and Greg creates a seperation three for Plater. A steal and finish by Anderson and UCR wants timeout.

15:51 left in second half LBSU 50 - UCR 32
After an airball by the Highlanders, Cas hits a transition three, for his first shot from downtown. If you had told Long Beach fans Ware would only have seven points to this point, not many would have guessed The Beach would be up by 18. LBSU's balanced scoring really shining tonight.

11:31 left in second half LBSU 56 - UCR 36
Greg Plater has done a nice job locking up Borum, he had 13 first half points, and is yet to score in the second period.

Casper knifes through the defense and feeds Larry for a reverse layup. And that queues the 'Up By 20' chant by the Maniacs.

9:03 left in second half LBSU 56 - UCR 42
UCR is really being stiflied on defense, and they have been completely relegated to shooting outside jumpers.

Casper having an uncharacteristically rough night at the line, he's 4-8.

Those jumpers start to fall a bit more for UCR, they are on a 6-0 run and Coach Monson wants time.

6:24 left in second half LBSU 59 - UCR 49
Larry drills another three giving him 17 for the game.

A dunk by Brown and the lead is cut to 10.

3:52 left in second half LBSU 62 - UCR 51
Greg hits a big three in front of the bench to stop a UCR run.

Shearry fouls out after hitting Anderson on a runner. Under 4 minute media.

2:13 left in second half LBSU 64 - UCR 58
Nitoto misses a free throw, but UCR ends up getting the offensive rebound. The energy that Long Beach had early isn't there, and the highlanders cut the lead to eight. And now six. Monson calls time.

Pretty similar to what happened at Riverside a few weeks ago, Long Beach was up big and sort of took their foot off the gas pedal. They need a solid two minutes here to finish this game off.

1:32 left in second half LBSU 67 - UCR 60
Casper hits a three from the corner but is matched by a Riverside jumper.

58.4 seconds left in second half LBSU 69 - UCR 61
Ware sinks a pair of free throws and then pulls down a defensive board, forcing Riverside to begin fouling, but Larry misses the one and one, and then commits a foul on the other end. Riverside hits the first free throw and then calls timeout.

38 seconds left in second half LBSU 69 - UCR 63
LBSU not doing themselves any favors to ice this game by missing free throws, Phelps missed both.

And then Casper picks up a foul on the other end. Luckily Martin has missed his last three as well.

Now T.J. picks up a foul going for a rebound. Will this one ever end?

21.2 seconds left in second half LBSU 74 - UCR 63
Borum still can't crack the scoreboard in the second half, missing a jumper and then fouling Casper. Larry the latest to be fouled. This should just about do it.

FINAL LBSU 74 - UCR 63
The fans rise and cheer as Larry holds the ball to run the clock out. We'll see you tomorrow night in the championship game!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

BWT Live Game Blog: Long Beach State vs. UCI 3/10/2011


Live updates from court side at the Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

Pre-game
Well, Beach fans, here we go. For all intents and purposes, the 14-2 season that Long Beach State compiled over the last three months has been set aside, and though that success has earned them a shiny 'number 1' next to their name, they will still have to battle their way through the trenches if they want to cut down the nets in Anaheim and head to the Big Dance.

The first step toward that goal is a match up with the UC Irvine Anteaters, who, though they are the number eight seed, are one of two teams who beat the 49ers during the regular season, and were in fact the last team to beat Long Beach State. That game, Jan. 22 in Irvine, saw LBSU's defensive intensity fly out the window, and the 'Eaters' big three of Wise, Wilder and Moore score 66 of UCI's 86 points.

Since that game, Long Beach's defense has been on point, holding opponents to 61.3 points per game and a 40.4 shooting percentage. And defense is what the 49ers need to concentrate on to push their win streak to 10 games and keep their season going.

Keys to the game
Be ready to rock. Early game. Number 1 seed against the number 8 seed. Most likely a smaller crowd because of game time and day in the week. There are a lot of excuses as to why Long Beach State could come out flat. But they really can't afford to. Not that the player's don't know this, but one loss or slip up and the season is over, and they need to play 40 minutes of basketball with that intensity. The first time LBSU and UCI met, Long Beach had to over come a 22-7 deficit on the way to an 86-76 victory. There is no room for that kind of start in an elimination tournament. An early lead is pivotal for The Beach.


Lock down Wise. Eric Wise is a load in the lane for the 'Eaters. And Long Beach has to be careful when they double him, because many UCI players are spot up three point shooters. T.J. Robinson and Eugene Phelps need to play smart defense on Wise, and keep him off the offensive glass. Taking him out of an offensive flow early will be key for Long Beach, and that means active help from the guards as well disrupting his post presence. If Wise is contained, the Long Beach defense will be off to a good start.

Transition points. This directly correlates with defense, but Long Beach State is at its best when they are not only getting defensive stops, but forcing steals and turnovers and getting baskets in transition. When LBSU can get going on all cylinders, they are pretty tough to stop, and a lot of times, those runs will be made with very little in the half court. When Casper Ware is leading the charge, hitting pull up threes, and taking the ball to the rack, this team is going to be successful. The 49ers needs to get in that type of offensive flow to distance themselves from UCI.

5 minutes til tip
Crowd is starting to file in. The Maniacs rode in on three busses and are filling up a decent section on the far end away from where I am. Most of the Long Beach media is under the basket where the 49er bench is, so we'll have a good look at Long Beach defense in the first half, and offense in the second.

What an upgrade this venue is, very nice video board which looks like it will be showing replays. Both bands are fired up. This should be a good one.

Starting lineups:

UCI: Moore, Rembert, Starring, Losonsky, Wise
LBSU: Same lineup since day one: Ware, Plater, Anderson, Robinson, Phelps 

15:34 left in second half LBSU 2 - UCI 6
Irvine rips 5 early points, but Larry Anderson answers with a dunk in the lane.

Rembert has been aggressive attacking the lane early, but hasn't gotten much out of it.

Casper has taken a few quick threes but hasn't connected yet.

And Larry has just picked up his second personal foul. This is not quite the start Long Beach wanted.

12:26 left in first half LBSU 4 - UCI 13
Plater is fouled shooting a jumper and sinks both his shots at the line.

Game has a bit of a sluggish feel, neither team being successful on the offensive end. Long Beach finally turns up the defensive pressure a bit and forces a bad jumper at the end of the shot clock.

Again, Long Beach able to force a tough shot, with Eric Wise air balling a three, that's not his game. D coming around, but Long beach needs to put the ball in the net.

Moore drills a three after Long Beach doesn't get back on D. This start is eerily similar to when the two teams met at the Pyramid. Irvine is knocking down their shots and containing the drives of LBSU.

11:53 left in first half LBSU 7 - UCI 13
Larry Anderson is back in with his two fouls, and promptly drains a three. After Edis gets called for his second foul, we're at the under 12 media.

7:47 left in first half LBSU 15 - UCI 17
T.J. heads to the rack and is fouled, picking up the second on Wilder.

Darren Moore picks up his second foul, so he has to head to the bench as well.

The last three possessions T.J. has went hard to the rim and been fouled, he split his free throws the first two trips, and picks them both up on his third trip.

Well, if you can't make a shot, might as well head to the charity stripe to pick up your points. This time it's Casper Ware who is fouled and sinks both the freebies.

Just about everything UCI is doing is being called as a foul. Starring already has three personals.

A Nevens layup briefly tied the score at 15, but a putback by Simek gives UCI the lead again.

2:21 left in first half LBSU 27 - UCI 24
Long Beach has only made three field goal thus far, they are really surviving by some solid free throw shooting. Both teams have been called for a ton of fouls. It's at the least 18, and I think Long Beach has been in the double bonus for a while.

Phelps ends the field goal drought with a runner in the lane, Gene has been playing some solid defense on Wise.

And maybe Gene took the lid off, Casper just drained a three. And another.

Phelps just took a huge charge on Wise, with the 'Eater big man picking up his third foul in the first half.

3.3 second left LBSU 30 - UCI 29
Casper drilled another three, but Rembert answered with his own.

Long Beach holds for the last shot of the half, but Casper slipped on a pass from Plater and the ball sailed out of bounds. UCI calls timeout with 3.3 to go

Half-time LBSU 30 - 29
No miracle half-court shot and we're at the half.

UCI ends the half on a 5-0 run to pull within one point at half.

Half-time stats
Neither team could get much going offensively, Long Beach connected on only seven first half field goals, shooting only 31 percent. Irvine made nine field goals on 31 attempts, for a 29 percent first half mark. One factor that might be considered is that neither of these teams have shot in this gym, maybe that plus a bit of nervousness led to a sloppy half.

Long Beach had nine turnovers, something they will really need to limit in the second half.

LBSU really survived by converting at the line, they were 12-14 at the stripe. Those free throws were crucial when they were having difficulty putting the ball in the hoops, which was a majority of the half save for Casper's three point hot streak. Ware leads all scorers with 11, but he needed 11 shots to get those points.

14:58 left in second half LBSU 38 - UCI 37
After Wise is forced in to a turnover, Casper hits a transition three to start the second half.

With the amount of fouls Irvine racked up in the first half, Long Beach continues to attack the rim, Losonsky picks up his fourth foul.

Long Beach has put Casper on Darren Moore, and Ware is giving up a few inches on the bigger Irvine guard. Interesting to see how that match up shakes out.

12:19 left in second half LBSU 42 - UCI 46
UCI picks up three big offensive boards and eventually hits a three to take the lead.

Pace of the game has really picked up, with both teams trading baskets now.

Eric Wise with some nice moves early in the second half, and he makes sure the Long Beach bench knows it as she shoots a glare at the 49ers after pretty much every play.

10:35 left in second half LBSU 47 - UCI 46
Greg picks a good time to drain his first three, and after a stop on the defensive end, Edis feeds Larry for a nice layup.

UCI tries to slow down the tempo, but Long Beach ends up forcing a shot clock violation.

8:48 left in second half LBSU 47 - UCI 51
Irvine uses a few jumpers to go on a 5-0. Monson timeout.

6:46 left in second half LBSU 54 - UCI 57
Irvine is draining their threes this is really what Long Beach does not need.

Casper able to answer with a three of his own to stop the bleeding.

3:57 left in second half LBSU 62 - UCI 61
T.J. drives again and picks up Wise's fourth foul. Splitting the free throws.

Larry decides its go time and heads to straight to the hole, not sure anyone could defend that move.

Fouls becoming an issue for UCI, Wilder has four, Wise has four, Losonsky has four. Robinson again splits the free throws.

As fast as I can type, Losonsky fouls out.

Wise is back in and will shoot free throws after the media.

2:12 left in second half LBSU 67 - UCI 63
Ware hits a three, but then cramps up big time. Lin Chang and Mike Vantrimpont have to carry him off the court. Long Beach needs him back ASAP or sooner.

Wilder just fouled out. And Gene knocks down both free throws.

Greg with a clutch steal and gets fouled on the breakaway. UCI wants timeout.

1:20 left in second half LBSU 72 - UCI 68
Casper checks back in after Eric Wise hits a big and-1.

Just about every trip down the court is a foul, this time Rembert is fouled by Edis and heads to the line.

Gene goes hard to the rack and scores. This is getting serious here ladies and gents.

39.7 seconds left in second half LBSU 74 - UCI 72
Wise hits a jumper in the lane, and Casper answers. And then Wise hits another. Quick timeout by the Eaters.

30 seconds left LBSU 77 - UCI 72
Irvine hesitated to foul Phelps when they had the chance, he fed Casper and Cas fed Larry for the and-1

FINAL LBSU 79 - UCI 72
Larry with a HUGE STEAL and gets fouled sinking both shots. After a missed three and rebound Long Beach able to run the clock out.
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