Long Beach State men’s basketball rolls past San Francisco State in home opener

Junior guard Bryan Alberts scored 18 points as the Long Beach State men’s basketball team won its home opener on Tuesday over San Francisco State, 95-70, at the Walter Pyramid.

“You always take wins, but as a coach you are never satisfied,” Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said. “We can’t turn the ball over 22 times and feel good about what we are doing. We are not going to play perfect, but giving up 70 points is disappointing.”

All of Alberts’ 18 points came on 3-pointers, as he shot 6 for 12 from beyond the arc. Junior guard Barry Ogalue had 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior forward Gabe Levin had nine points and 12 rebounds and junior guard Deishaun Booker had 10 assists.

“I just got into a rhythm,” Alberts said. “In the first half, I was rushing them and just forcing a couple of them.”

Long Beach State (2-0) had 12 turnovers in the first half, while the Gators (2-1) had seven. The 49ers were 5 of 16 from the three-point line in the first half and 13 of 19 from inside the arc.

LBSU ended the half on a 10-4 run, as San Francisco State missed eight of their last 10 shots of the half. The 49ers led 43-33 at halftime.

The 49ers started the second half on a 12-4 run. Alberts scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half as LBSU shot just under 60 percent in the final 20 minutes.

“We did some things better than we have been doing,” Monson said. “Twenty-seven assists is a lot, and I think this team is very unselfish.”

Senior guard Warren Jackson led San Francisco State with 16 points.

The 49ers travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

“I am happy with where we are going, but not with where we are at,” Monson said.

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