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PREVIEW: Long Beach Men’s Basketball Visits Fresno State

The Long Beach State men’s basketball team has a tough road test at Fresno State this afternoon. Tip-off is 4 p.m. and the game can be listened to HERE

LBSU (3-7) is coming off of a win over Southern Utah on Wednesday, and coach Dan Monson called this “redemption week” in the post game press conference. Fresno State won 106-70 at Walter Pyramid last season.

“Last year, the Southern Utah road loss and the Fresno State home loss were two pivotal games in our preseason that turned it in the wrong direction,” Monson said. “This year, they can be just as pivotal for us as the two games that turn our season in the right direction.”

Fresno State (4-1) is on a four-game winning streak that includes victories of Hawaii and Cal Poly. Senior guards Braxton Huggins and Deshon Taylor both average over 18 points per game. Former LBSU guard Noah Blackwell also plays for the Bulldogs. Fresno State lead the all-time series 43-35.

“We know they’re one of the better teams we’re going to play this preseason,” LBSU senior Temidayo Yussuf said. “We also know that last year they came into our hose and embarrassed us. We’re going to go in ready to fight for 40 minutes.”

Yussuf has scored in double-figures in five of the last six games. He is averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Deishuan Booker leads the Beach with 15.6 points per game.

In nine games this season, LBSU has had seven different players lead the in scoring, five lead in rebounds and five lead in assists.

VIDEO: Long Beach State vs. Southern Utah, NCAA Basketball

Long Beach State Women’s Basketball vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.
LBSU finishes the week against its fourth Pac-12 opponent of the season. LBSU leads the all-time series with Arizona 15-6 after beating the Wildcats (6-1) last year 80-72. Shanaijah Davison scored 20 points in that game, and it was the first win for coach Jeff Cammon.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.