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Long Beach State Travels To Washington State For NIT First Round

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2011 NIT Bracket


Long Beach State visits Washington State on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. for a first round game of the 2011 Postseason NIT.  ESPNU will televise the game.

LBSU received a No. 7 seed in the Boston College Region, facing the No. 2 seed Cougars for the third meeting between the two schools, but first since 1975.  The winner of LBSU-WSU will play the winner of No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 6 Harvard in second round action.

The 49ers (22-10, 14-2) earned an automatic bid to the NIT by virtue of winning the Big West regular season championship.  Top-seeded LBSU fell to No. 5 seed UC Santa Barbara 64-56 in the championship game of the ampm Big West Tournament on Saturday at Honda Center.

This is Long Beach State's sixth all-time NIT appearance.  The 49ers have posted a 2-5 record following NIT trips in 1980, 1988, 1990, 1992 and most recently, 2000.  They won first round games against Pepperdine (104-87) in 1980 and Arizona State (86-71) in 1990.

The 22 wins mark the most for the 49er program since the 2006-07 club finished 24-8.

Junior Casper Ware ranks third in the Big West in scoring (17.0 ppg), second in assists (4.4 apg) and fourth in steals (1.7 spg).  The guard earned Big West Player of the Year honors and also was named the league's defensive player of the year.  He also received first team All-Region 9 accolades by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and All-District IX by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).  Junior Larry Anderson (14.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg), an All-Big West First Team choice, was recognized on the All-Region 9 Second Team.

The 49er NIT appearance is Dan Monson's sixth as a collegiate head coach.  He made his first appearance in 1998 while at Gonzaga and took Minnesota four times to the NIT (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006).