Another slow start doomed the Long Beach State men’s basketball team in a 94-89 loss on Wednesday night at Southern Utah.
The 49ers (4-7) scored 56 points in the second half, but trailed 42-33 at halftime. LBSU led 86-85 with two minutes left in regulation before Southern Utah (5-3) scored five of the last six field goals of the game to clinch the nonconference victory.
Junior Bryan Alberts scored a career-high 25 points for LBSU, with four made 3-pointers, but he fouled out of the game. Senior Gabe Levin scored a season-high 24 points and led the team with six rebounds. Southern Utah got a combined 51 points from guards Brandon Better and Jadon Cohee.
LBSU travels to Malibu on Saturday night to play Pepperdine for the third consecutive year. In 2015, Nick Faust’s dunk off of a full-court press with under 30 seconds left to play tied the score, but a Jett Raines tip-in with three seconds remaining led to a 77-75 win for Pepperdine in Malibu. Last year, the 49ers beat Pepperdine 76-66 at Walter Pyramid, beating the Waves for only the ninth time in their 26 meetings.
Pepperdine (2-6) already has loses to Big West Conference teams UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly this season. Kameron Edwards leads the Waves, averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game. The redshirt sophomore was a West Coast Conference All-Freshman team selection, but missed last season due to injury.
LBSU (1-7) finishes its six-game road trip at Grand Canyon on Thursday night as the schools play for the first time. Freshman Shanaijah Davison leads LBSU with 15.5 points, 1.8 steals and two assists per game. The 49ers are getting outrebounded 42-34 per game this season.
Grand Canyon (2-6) is getting outscored 71-64 this season, and lost to Cal Poly 75-69 in the middle of November. Senior guard Brie Mobley is averaging 20.8 points and seven rebounds per game. St. Anthony High alum Jordan Jackson is a redshirt senior with Grand Canyon. She is averaging eight points per game.
Former LBSU Big West Golfer of the Year Kassidy Teare earned a full LPGA Tour Card for 2018 by shooting a final-round 66 to finish tied for 10th in Q School. She is the first LBSU women’s golfer to qualify since 1981-82, when former LBSU head coach Sue Ewart was the first 49er to break through.
“She’s an inspiration to our current student-athletes, and we are delighted that she represents the Beach so well,” LBSU women’s golf head coach Joey Cerulle said.