Basketball Long Beach State

PREVIEW: Long Beach State Men’s Basketball Playing For First Place Tonight

The top spot in the Big West Conference men’s basketball standings will be up for grabs tonight at 7 p.m. when Long Beach State hosts Cal State Fullerton at Walter Pyramid.

LBSU (12-9, 7-1) is riding an eight-game winning streak, its longest since winning the Big West in 2013, thanks to vast improvement on defense. The Beach leads the conference with 70.8 points per game. Over the last eight games, LBSU is holding opponents to 63 points, 23.6 percent shooting from 3-point range and over 15 turnovers per game.

Cal State Fullerton (14-6, 7-1) has been fantastic at home with a 9-1 record, but is only 5-4 on the road. Senior forward E.J. Anosike (#24) leads the Big West with 17 points per game, and is second with 8.3 rebounds per game.

LBSU guard Joel Murray is second in the conference with 16.4 points per game, and freshman forward Aboubacar Traore is third with 8.1 rebounds per game.

This will be the only game between the Beach and the Titans this season because their first meeting was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

LBSU has lost six of its last seven games against Fullerton. Two of those losses came in overtime.


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.