Long Beach jumps out early, beats UC Riverside 77-59
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Gabe Levin scored 17 points, Deishuan Booker had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Long Beach State beat UC Riverside 77-59 on Saturday night in a Big West Conference regular-season finale.
Long Beach State (15-17, 9-7) clinched the fifth seed into the conference tournament. UC Riverside (9-21, 4-12) will enter as the seventh seed. Both teams play on Thursday in the first day of the tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Long Beach State had a double-digit lead midway through the first half and led 43-27 at the break. The 49ers opened the second half on a 15-8 surge, capped by Alberts’ 3-pointer and KJ Byers‘ dunk, for a 21-point lead and cruised from there.