It’s been a week of extremes for the Long Beach State men’s basketball team.
After finishing their six-game road trip with a 35-point loss to Arizona on Wednesday, the 49ers (4-6) were back home on Saturday when they hosted Fresno State.
The welcome home party was a sour one as the Bulldogs defeated LBSU 106-70 in front of the crowd of 3,706 fans. It was a defensive disaster for the 49ers as they allowed Fresno State to shoot 61% from the floor.
Temidayo Yussuf, who’s been slowly getting more minutes after having knee surgery, had his best game of the season, scoring with 13 points.
With a quick turnaround, LBSU bounced back to defeat Stanford 76-68 the next night. Solid guard play including Jordan Griffin’s career-high 21 points, made the difference. Griffin made five three-pointers to lead LBSU to the win.
“A game like this really helps your confidence, in yourself and your teammates,” Griffin said. “I feel confident in my shot, and I’m better when I’m not thinking about it. I think we’ll all play without pressure now that we’ve been in this spot.”
Midway through their first of two six-game road trips, the 49ers (1-7) picked up their first win against Arizona on Tuesday.
LBSU was led by guard Shanaijah Davison, who led the team with 20 points making seven of her 17 shots.
The 49ers also had five players in double figures in the win.
After the win, LBSU traveled to Montana to compete in the Lady Grizz Classic. The 49ers dropped both contests with losses to Oral Roberts and Montana.
Senior guard Cecily Wilson was named to the All-Tournament Team after recording the first double-double of her career. She scored 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to go with her five assists and four steals.