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PREVIEW: Long Beach State Basketball Homecoming Today

Long Beach State Homecoming at Walter Pyramid
Women’s Basketball vs. Westcliff, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. San Diego, 3:30 p.m.

Homecoming is moving inside this year and celebrating the Walter Pyramid 25 year anniversary with a basketball doubleheader.

PODCAST: The LB Fee Show With Dan Monson, Jeff Cammon

The Long Beach State men’s basketball team surprised everyone by giving UCLA a run for its money on Wednesday. The Beach led for more than 30 minutes of the game and showcased a bunch of new talent including transfers Chance Hunter and Michael Carter III.

Hunter, a Cerritos College transfer, scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half by going 4-for-4 from behind the arc.

“The biggest thing is time management,” Hunter said of adjusting to Division I life. “In JuCo you have a lot of free time, but since being here it’s just been practice, study hall and then eat and sleep. You’re tired by the end of the day.”

Carter is a transfer from Washington who was cleared by the NCAA last week, and he scored a game-high 20 points at UCLA.

Freshman Josh Morgan was also impressive in his collegiate debut with 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in over 30 minutes.

“We’re improving,” Monson said. “Our preseason at Long Beach State is always a process. We don’t have illusions of being an at-large bid. All of these games are about putting them in situations to get better.”

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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.