In front of a rambunctious crowd on homecoming night, the Long Beach State men’s basketball team took care of business with an 87-71 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills in its final exhibition game before 4,227 at the Walter Pyramid.
The 49ers open the regular season on Friday at the University of San Francisco.
“Defensively, we did some good things,” LBSU coach Dan Monson said. “Offensively, we attacked, but the problem was that we turned the ball over. It was a great game for us. Obviously, the crowd is awesome for homecoming.”
The 49ers made their first five shots to begin the game, as senior forward Game Levin had multiple easy baskets under the rim. Levin finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added eight rebounds.
“Gabe is very coachable and a very good player, and the biggest thing with him is keeping him within himself,” Monson said.
Long Beach State ended the first half on a 9-2 run and led 52-36 at halftime. Junior guard Deishaun Booker had 15 first-half points and was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Booker ended the night with 18 points, and the 49ers made 29 of 33 free throws on the night.
It was more of the same for the 49ers in the second half, as Booker and Levin led the way. The Toros fought back and cut the 49ers’ lead to seven at one point, but free throws for the 49ers but the game out of reach.
Long Beach State allowed 10 offensive rebounds, which was a concern for Monson.
“Gabe is the only physical rebounder we have,” Monson said. “We’ve got to get better and get healthy.”
Senior guard Jonathan Nichols led the Toros with 16 points.