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Long Beach State Men’s Basketball Upset In Big West Tournament

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The Long Beach State men’s basketball season came to a disappointing end on Tuesday night.

Cal Poly came into the Big West Tournament as the No. 10 seed with only one conference win, but the Mustangs had their best second half of the season while upsetting No. 7 seeded LBSU 88-68 in Henderson, Nevada.

The Beach led 40-35 at halftime only to see the Mustangs open the second half on a 25-8 run. Cal Poly scored 37 points in the first 14 minutes after the break.

LBSU came into the game ranked second in the NCAA in team rebounding and were out rebounded 41-29 by Cal Poly.

AJ George scored a team-high 14 points for the Beach while Lassina Traore contributed 12 points and seven rebounds and Tobias Rotegaard chipped in 10 points.

Cal Poly’s Brantley Stevenson scored a game-high 28 points while the Mustangs went 6-for-9 from 3-point range in the second half after shooting 5-for-13 from behind the arc in the first half.

This is the first time LBSU hasn’t won a tournament game since 2018.

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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.