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Men's Basketball

Long Beach State Looks to Extend Home Court Conference Win Streak

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This Week In The Big West - January 21-27, 2013

1/22/2013

Men's Basketball Weekly Release No. 12

Occupying first place with a 6-1 record, the Long Beach State men's basketball team attempts to win its 21st straight Big West home game this Saturday against UC Irvine.  The 49ers have not lost a conference game in the Walter Pyramid since Feb. 17, 2010.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

• Long Beach State is riding a season-high five-game winning streak after grabbing road victories against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton last week.  The 49ers lead the Big West at 6-1 and at 10-8 overall, are two games above .500 for the first time this season.

• This is the third consecutive season that Long Beach State has had a hot start to conference play through seven games.  This year’s 6-1 mark equals the start the 2010-11 squad had, while last season’s team went 7-0 en route to piling up 15 straight league victories.alt

• Under head coach Dan Monson, Long Beach State has won 36 of its last 40 regular season games against Big West competition, dating back to the final regular season game in 2009-10.

• Long Beach State has won 20 straight games at home against Big West foes.  The 49ers have not lost a Big West game at the Walter Pyramid since Feb. 17, 2010.  LBSU seeks to extend the streak this Saturday against UC Irvine.

• Hawai’i senior Vander Joaquim succeeded in becoming the 15th player in Rainbow Warrior history to surpass the 1,000 point mark for his career.  The 6-10 center reached the milestone with a bucket at the 9:12 mark in the second half of Thursday’s win against Pacific. is on the cusp of surpassing the 1,000-point career mark.  Joaquim enters this week with 1,032 career points.  Joaquim, third in the Big West with six double-doubles, and his UH teammates travel to UC Santa Barbara Saturday for a game on FOX PRIME TICKET.

• UC Santa Barbara’s Bob Williams moved past New Mexico State’s Neil McCarthy into third place on the Big West career wins list with 143.  Williams is 143-91 (.611) all-time in conference games.  The 15th-year Gaucho mentor ranks fourth all-time among Big West coaches in overall wins with 244.  Williams is four victories shy from tying McCarthy for third on the overall wins list.

• Second place Pacific (4-2) is in good shape to make a run at the Big West title with five of its next seven games at home.  The Tigers are 6-2 inside Spanos Center this season.  Through six conference games, Pacific is holding opponents to a league-low 61.7 points per game.

• Defeating Cal State Northridge and Hawai’i last week gave UC Davis two straight Big West road wins for the first time since joining the league for the 2007-08 season.

• For the eighth year, institutions will air all home and conference matches on BigWest.TV.  For the 2012-13 season, all BigWest.TV events will air free of charge.  Head to thisweek for weekly event schedules. 

Big West.TV brings together live and on-demand video from each of the Big West’s 10 member institutions.  Now in its eighth year, BigWest.TV covers Big West sports, press conferences, interviews and features, including every home and conference contest in women’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s basketball.  Also covered are select contests in men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball and Big West Championships.

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