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November 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Scouting report: Long Beach State

Tyler Lamb has blossomed at Long Beach State after transferring from UCLA. (Photo credit: Kirby Lee -  USA TODAY Sports)

Tyler Lamb has blossomed at Long Beach State after transferring from UCLA. (Photo credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports)

Scouting report: Long Beach State.
Game info: 8:30 p.m. Friday at Titan Gym, Cal State Fullerton.

TV: ESPN2 (Roxy Bernstein and Corey Williams).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Tom Glasglow and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 3-3.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Long Beach State and Washington.

Coach: Dan Monson is no stranger to Washington. The Spokane native and former Idaho football player began his college basketball coaching career at Gonzaga and compiled a 52-17 record in two years that included a NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 1999. He departed that year and took over at Minnesota where he was 118-106 in eight years. He resigned after a 2-5 start in 2006. Monson resurfaced at Long Beach State and enters his eighth season with the 49ers. He has a 122-111 record at LBSU and 292-234 overall.  In 2002, Washington offered Monson the coaching job, but he declined and the Huskies hired Lorenzo Romar.
Prediction:
Picked to finish fourth in the nine-team Mountain West Conference by media in a preseason poll.

Series: Washington leads 3-0 in a series that began in 2007.
Last meeting: The Huskies won 92-89 in double overtime Nov. 30, 2013 at Alaska Airlines Arena during a game in which they played poorly on defense. LBSU shot 58.6 percent in the first half and 54.5 in the second. Washington overcame its shoddy defense with a balanced offensive attack led by Mike Anderson, who had a career-high 19 points. Six Huskies scored in double figures including Andrew Andrews 18 points, Perris Blackwell 18, C.J. Wilcox 15, Nigel Williams-Goss 10 and Darin Johnson 10.

Previous game: San Jose State beat Western Michigan 73-55 in its Wooden Legacy opener on Thursday.

Mike Caffey is Long Beach State's leading scorer. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY)

Mike Caffey is Long Beach State’s leading scorer. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY)

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

— Senior point guard Mike Caffey is a three-year starter. He leads LBSU in scoring (18.2 points per game), assists (4.0) and steals (2.2). He’s been the leading scorer in three of six games, including a 26-point outing in the season opener. He’s been the top assist man in every game. He’s third on the team in rebounding (4.4).

Caffey ranks 13th in career scoring at Long Beach State. He was voted to the six-man preseason all-Big West team after earning first-team all-conference honors last season.

— Senior guard Tyler Lamb averaged 15.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22 games last season. The former UCLA standout became eligible Dec. 19, 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules. Still, he was chosen second-team all-Big West. During his last full season with the Bruins, the 6-5 guard averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as a sophomore.

Lamb didn’t play the first two games of the season, but has started the past four games. He’s been somewhat inconsistent while tallying 17 and 14 points and failing to reach seven points in two games.

OVERVIEW

— True to his beliefs, Monson likes to play tough competition in November and December. This year is no exception. Long Beach State’s nonconference schedule includes: BYU, Xavier, Kansas State, UCLA, Syracuse and Louisville. That’s crazy.

— The 49ers haven’t had consecutive wins or defeats this season. They’ve beaten Kansas State, San Francisco State and Western Michigan. They’ve also lost to BYU, Xavier and UCLA.

— Caffey and Lamb are a dynamic backcourt. However, there’s serious questions about the 49ers’ front line. Only one player is taller than 6-8.

— Forward David Samuels is the team’s best low-post player who averages 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds.

— Despite the short front court, the 49ers are outrebounding opponents 36.0 to 35.0. The 49ers don’t have any shot blockers and yet they’re holding opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting from the field.

— Long Beach State is a veteran team that starts at least four seniors.

STARTING LINEUP:
F – Eric McKnight, 6-9, 220, Sr., 3.6 ppg., 3.0 rpg., .533 FG%
F – David Samuels, 6-7, 225, Sr., 10.2, 6.0, .581 FG%
G – Tyler Lamb, 6-5, 205, Sr., 8.7, 3.7, .889 FT%
G – McKay LaSalle, 6-3, 185, Sr., 8.6, 1.4, .500 3FG% (14 of 28)
G – Mike Caffey, 6-0, 175, Sr., 18.2, 3.2, 4.0 apg., 2.2 spg., 4.2 tpg.

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