Jan. 5, 2011
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Long Beach, Ca. - Wrong Place!!! Wrong Time!!!
Cal State Northridge traveled to Long Beach State on Wednesday night to face a talented 49er team that had opened the Big West Conference season with wins at pre-season favorite UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly last week.
Long Beach State had also not played at home in its last seven games. Thus, the 49ers were hungry to dine on some home cooking.
What they did was carve up and feast on CSUN's defense all night long.
Final Score - Long Beach State 85, Cal State Northridge 71 in a Big West Conference game on Wednesday night at The Pyramid.
Matador head coach Bobby Braswell's post-game comments were direct and to the point. He didn't need to look at the box score.
"Totally out toughed, that's simply the bottom line" said Braswell. "They (LBS) beat us on the boards, beats us to the basket. We have a toughness issue we need to resolve. We need to find some guys who will physical basketball and with some presence on defense. They (LBS) were scoring at-will and we couldn't stop them."
Long Beach State scored 50 of its 85 points in the paint. Add 18 more free throws and that added up to an incredible 68 of LBS' 85 points. The old adage that a close shot is easier to make than a long range jumper certainly applied in this game. The 49ers hit .544 from the floor.
Long Beach State trotted out its iron man five starters. On this Wednesday night, all five LBS starters played at least 30 minutes, and four tallied double-digit points led by Casper Ware who scored a game-high 23 points. The five LBS starters accounted for 74 of the team's 85 points.
The fact that Cal State Northridge was among conference team leaders in rebounding didn't matter to Long Beach State. The 49ers outrebounded the visitors, 40-to-28.
Cal State Northridge countered with its reliable 1-2 scoring punch of Rashaun McLemore with a team-high 20 points while Lenny Daniel collected his third straight double-double with 18 points and eleven rebounds. McLemore and Daniel combined for 12 baskets in 20 attempts.
Cal State Northridge actually led for nearly 13 minutes of the first half. Up 26-22 with 7:31 left in the first half, the 49ers took charge from there. Nine straight points gave Long Beach State a lead they never surrendered. The lead continued to grow to as many as 12 points, 45-33, with less than a minute left before intermission.
The halftime score read Long Beach State 45, Cal State Northridge 35.
The 49er lead jumped to as many as 19 points in the second half. The Matadors could get no closer than 12 points.
The loss dropped CSUN's overall record to 4-10 and 1-2 in the conference. Long Beach State is 8-8 overall and atop the league standings at 3-0.
Cal State Northridge will take a break from league competition to face Seattle on Saturday (1/8/11) in the Emerald City.
Matador Memo ...
One of the spectators at the CSUN-LBS game was Kevin Cutler, who played for Long Beach State when CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell was an assistant coach with the 49ers (1989-92) ... Cutler is now in his first season as a referee in the NBA ... Lenny Daniel's 18 points and eleven rebounds against Long Beach State gives him seven double-doubles (points-rebounds) for the season and 15 in his two-year Matador career.