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Long Beach State (3-9) at Nevada (5-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 28, 10:05 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: LBSU 3-2, Nevada 2-3. Away Record: LBSU 0-4, Nevada 3-2. Neutral Record: LBSU 0-3, Nevada 0-2. Conference Record: LBSU 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Long Beach State leads, 11-6.

GAME NOTES: After dropping nine consecutive contests earlier in the season, the Long Beach State 49ers will get a chance at three wins in a row when they travel to face the Nevada Wolf Pack for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

The fact that these teams are former conferences foes means they have a history, but each team will really be trying to dig out of their respective holes in Reno. Although no conference games have been played, both Long Beach State and Nevada are at the bottom of their respective conferences in terms of overall records.

Long Beach State holds the series lead, 11-6.

The 49ers are 3-9 on the season and are coming off wins over USC and Montana State-Billings, the latter being the most recent contest on Dec. 21. Prior to the two-game win streak, the 49ers dropped nine straight matchups, which included three to ranked teams.

Nevada won its most recent contest, 80-72, against Iona on Dec. 22, but has lost five of its last seven contests as a whole, which includes a blowout loss to UCLA. Nevada is just 5-7 on the year and an underwhelming 2-3 at home.

The 49ers can partially attribute their two-game win streak to Tyler Lamb, a UCLA transfer who became eligible last Thursday and has played in both the team's recent wins. He scored 20 points off the bench in a win over USC, then scored 29 against Montana State-Billings, helping his team erase a six-point halftime deficit.

Lamb was named the Big West Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points in his first two games with the program. Lamb scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half against MSB, including the first nine points out of the locker room for the 49ers. A.J. Spencer and Mike Caffey each chipped in 19 points in the winning effort.

Although he's played just two games, Lamb is the scoring leader for Long Beach State with his 24.5 points per game average. Caffey is next on the team with a 16.8 per-game mark. Lamb is shooting 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in two games with an outstanding 92 percent margin at the free-throw line. Senior Dan Jennings is the team's leading rebounder with an 8.3 per game average, while Caffey leads the team ins assists per game, averaging 4.2 per contest. Jennings pulled down nine rebounds in the team's win over MSB.

The Wolf Pack handed Iona its third straight loss with an 80-72 victory Sunday, the team's second win in a row. Senior guard Deonte Burton led Nevada with 20 points on the night, 13 of which came in the second half. With 1:35 remaining, Burton hit a jumper that extended the Nevada lead to 78-70. In the final minute, Iona missed its final six shots, handing the game to the Wolf Pack.

Burton is the leading scorer and passer on the Wolfpack, averaging 22.8 points and 3.8 assists per contest. He ranks 10th in the nation in scoring average. Forward Jerry Evans Jr. (14.8 points per game) leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 boards per game. Evans owns the team's best 3-point shooting percentage at .440, and is second on the team with a 53-percent overall shooting average.

Lamb will need to have another fantastic game in order for the 49ers to take down the Wolf Pack. Unfortunately for Lamb, help doesn't come in abundance on the Long Beach State roster.

The Sports Network predicted outcome: Nevada 63, Long Beach State 58

12/28 10:41:00 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR