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Long Beach State Men’s Basketball Wins Opener In Overtime

Wednesday night in Idaho was a special one for Long Beach State men’s basketball coach Dan Monson.

The Idaho alum watched the Vandals honor father Don Monson, a former Vandals head coach, as part of the pregame festivities and then he watched his team open the season with a 95-89 overtime win.

LBSU (1-0) trailed by eight points with five minutes left in regulation when senior Jordan Roberts sparked a 9-0 run to take the lead. Idaho (0-1) fought back and forced overtime when the Beach defense shut them down to secure the win.

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LBSU guard Joel Murray had an incredible debut performance with a game-high 28 points, and Aboubacar Traore scored 11 in his first game for the Beach. Roberts recorded his first double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Joe Hampton and Colin Slater also both finished with 16.

The Beach visits No. 2 UCLA on Monday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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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.