Live updates from court side at The Pyramid
25 minutes til tip-off
We're just under 25 minutes to go before Long Beach takes on the visiting Matadors from Cal State Northridge. LBSU will need to keep up the defensive intensity it showed in the first two conference games and contain guard Lenny Daniel and forward Rashawn McLemore.
A strong perimeter night from Greg Plater will do wonders to open up the paint for T.J. Robinson and Eugene Phelps. As will slashing from Larry Anderson and Casper Ware.
Long Beach State
G G. Plater
G C. Ware
G L. Anderson
F T.J. Robinson
F E. Phelps
G Lenny Daniel
G Dathan Lyles
G Vinnie McGhee
F Rashuan McLemore
F Raymond Cody
14:55 left in first half
Nice reverse layup by Eugene Phelps to get LB on the board, matched by an equally impressive move by McLemore. McLemore seems to be active early with two early buckets and another drive to the basket that was prevented by Casper Ware taking a charge.
Phelps has been equally aggressive for the 49ers, scoring their first three baskets. And moving hard to the lane for an And-1 opportunity bringing us to the under 16 minute media.
7:48 left in first half LBSU 21 - CSUN 23
Transition defense has been a focus of the coaching staff as Northridge has shown they want to run. 49ers begin implore a full court trap that is broken and leads to an easy layup.
Casper Ware pours in the first 3 pt shot of the game for Long Beach. But fouls McLemore on a three of his own.
Larry hits a nice jumper from the elbow, but neither team is in an offensive rhythm. Phelps will shoot free throws after the media timeout.
5:30 left in first half LBSU 31 - CSUN 26
Anderson misses a dunk on a break, but Tristan Wilson cleans up the miss for a nice lay up. Solid D by Phelps leads to another Ware three. Long Beach is really looking to run now and a pretty bucket by Larry forces a CSUN timeout.
2:40 left in first half LBSU 41 - CSUN 30
Ware picks up right where he left off with another three. The Matadors seem content to pack the lane and it is leaving the Long Beach State point guard open. Casper shoots another one from long range, and is fouled making all three shots from the line.
Wilson feels a soft spot in the defense and hits the lane for a floater. Long Beach on a 20-7 run the last 5 minutes.
End of first half LBSU 45 - CSUN 35
Anderson with a nice feed to Phelps for the flush. Long Beach holds for the last shot of the game but are unable to convert.
18:37 left in second half LBSU 51 - CSUN 35
Ware guarding the bigger Lenny Daniel takes a charge on the baseline. Anderson gets a steal and monster jam and then on the next play is fed for the alley oop. Long Beach opens the half on a quick 6-0 run. Timeout Northridge.
15:36 left in the second half LBSU 59 - CSUN 44
Anderson heads to the tin again after a missed free throw for an easy deuce. LBSU coaching staff really encouraging the 49ers to keep their foot on the gas pedal.
11:45 left in the second half LBSU 67 - CSUN 52
CSUN on a bit of a run, getting second chance opportunities and converting. Forcing an LBSU timeout.
After the timeout, Edis gathers his own miss for the tip in. Lenny Daniel has to head to the bench with four fouls.
Deeep three from Casper to push the lead back to 14. And then in what has become a nice go to for Long Beach, Edis feeds Ware on the back door court for an and-1.
7:52 left in the second half LBSU - 75 - CSUN 58
T.J. with a nice looking stroke at the line, making both his shots followed by a beautiful high low between Robinson and Phelps for an easy layup by T.J.
Both of CSUN's leading scorers, Daniel and McLemore have four fouls a piece.
Phelps with an abusive block in the paint. And ANOTHER three from Casper. Robinson also in some foul trouble, picking up his forth before the under 8 media.
Trapping defense giving the 49ers trouble on the offensive end. Raymond Cody goes for a hard fall on Phelps but Eugene able to avoid it with a sweet reverse lay up and the foul but can't convert the three point play.
1:32 left in second half LBSU 82 - CSUN 69
Larry pours in his 19th point with a smooth layup. A few turnovers preventing Long Beach from completely icing this game.
FINAL LBSU 85 - CSUN 71
Long Beach content to run clock as this point and CSUN fouls Phelps sending him to the line. An offensive board allows the 49ers to run out the clock to a LONG - BEACH - STATE chant from the crowd.