Thursday, February 10, 2011

Live Blog: Men's Basketball vs. UC Davis 2/10/2011

Live updates from UC Davis (Davis, California)

It's been a while 49er fans... 11 days off... legs are rested... team is hungry.  Time to get things done.  LBSU sits a full two games up on the rest of the Big West field with six conference games remaining.. starting tonight, the 49ers can take a gigantic step forward towards capturing a regular season conference title with hopes of cutting down the nets in front of the home fans during a four-game homestand at the Walter Pyramid starting next week. 

Starting Five for Us...
Phelps, Plater, Anderson, Robinson and the Ghost with the Most... Casper

Starting Five for Them...
Lowenthal, Payne, Miller, Sypkens and Harden

**Note: Harden is playing with a broken nose tonight and will fashion the classic Rip Hamilton face mask during the game.

Keys to the Game...
Davis' offense comes from oxygen.. 49ers need to make their presence felt on the Aggie jumpshooters in hopes of stopping one of the best jump-shooting teams in the conference.  The Aggie defense is fairly weak in the paint, so the 49er coaches set goals tonight of 40 points in the paint. 

Let's get the March towards March started!  It's time for the stretch run...

Nice touch...
Davis' marching band is announced by the PA during pregame and marches into the arena... pretty cool tradition.

18:09 left in the 1st Half... 6-1 LBSU
QUICK start by the 49ers... 6-1 LBSU after a thunderous Phelps slam on a dish by Casper.  Timeout UCD.

11:00 left in the 1st Half... 21-9 LBSU
Media Timeout.  Great intensity by the 49ers... already have forced 7 Aggie turnovers and are penetrating into the lane at will.  7-10 from the field... 7 points for GP3

6:56 left in the 1st Half... 34-16 LBSU
Back-to-back 3's by Ware keep the throttle to the ground for Long Beach State.  Harden has left the game twice due to his broken nose... once because of bleeding.  30-second TO by Coach Monson to make a quick defensive adjustment.

3:31 left in the 1st Half... 43-21 LBSU
UCD has 9 team fouls to Long Beach's 4... Robinson complete's a traditional 3-point play on a nice inside move.  Phelps crashes the boards with authority and follows a Robinson miss with a SLAM.

Halftime... LBSU leads 55-28
Steals, Steals, Steals... shooting 67% from the field... Casper is all over the place. Beats the buzzer at the half with a 3-pointer to close out the highest-scoring first half of the season for Long Beach State (55 points) Four players in double-figures already:

Robinson - 10 points, 5 rebounds
Plater - 12 points
Phelps - 10 points, 6 rebounds
Ware - 14 points (4-4 FG, 3-3 FT's)

Stat of the 1st Half - 21 free throw attempts by the 49ers

16:52 left in the 2nd Half... LBSU leads 61-35
Breakaway dunk by Robinson, fed by Casper... full timeout Coach Monson for some defensive adjustments.

14:55 left in the 2nd Half... LBSU leads 65-35... TJ Time
TJ on fire in the second half... Robinson with 8 of his 18 points in the last 5 minutes.  49ers outrebounding UC Davis 23-10!

10:08 left in the 2nd Half... LBSU leads 71-5230-second TO by Coach Monson... small run by the Aggies has cut the 49er lead to 19.

5:43 left in the 2nd Half... LBSU leads 81-6030-second TO by Coach Monson... a few dropped balls on the fast break have prompted the coaches to make some quick adjustments.  Casper with 21 points and 7 assists.  Robinson reverting back to old form with 20 points.

FINAL SCORE: 49ers 93, UC Davis 69Wire-to-Wire... almost.  UC Davis led with 19:44 remaining in the 1st half.  No vacation hangover here... one win closer to that elusive regular season title!

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