Hoops Preview - Long Beach State

Now home from Hawaii, the Washington Huskies will get a chance to rebound against the junior-laden Long Beach State 49ers. The game will start at 8 p.m. PST at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and will be aired live on Fox Sports Northwest and carried locally on 950 KJR radio.

Long Beach State (3-3), who has a solid win over Iowa already this season, is a team that depends on all five starters to compete. So far all five are averaging over 30 minutes a game and all are scoring in double-figures.

Starting down in the low post and playing the five will be T.J. Robinson. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound junior forward is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He is also pulling in 10.5 rebounds, but is turnover prone at 3.5 per contest. Prior to the start of the season, he was named to the Pre-Season All-Conference team for the Big West.

Also down in the paint will be Eugene Phelps, a 6-foot-6 junior forward. He is averaging 10.8 points on 45 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and a steal per game. He is considered to be a guy that does the dirty work down low.

At the three will be Larry Anderson, a 6-foot-5 junior guard. The Long Beach, Calif. native has been a starter all three years on campus and is averaging 12.8 points per game this season on 50 percent shooting from the field. He is also averaging 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals a game. His best attribute is said to be attacking the basket.

The long senior in the starting five is Greg Plater. A 6-foot-1 guard who will start at the two, is averaging 11 points on just 39 percent shooting from the field. He is perhaps the least productive player in the starting lineup.

Starting at the point - and arguably their most productive performer - is Casper Ware, a 5-foot-10 junior. Although he is averaging 13.2 points on 38 percent shooting, he is filling up the rest of the stat sheet with five assists, 3.3 rebounds and three steals per contest. Just like Robinson, he was named to the Pre-Season All-Big West conference team and is perhaps the best player in the conference.

Off the bench, expect to see Tristan Wilson to see the majority of the minutes; however, he hasn't been very productive this season. Their first sub off the bench, JC forward Edis Dervisevic, has been hampered with a sprained arch and probably won't be available Tuesday.

At the helm for the 49ers is a familiar name to those in the Northwest - Dan Monson. After building up Gonzaga to prominence, Monson bolted to Minnesota where he wasn't able to replicate the success he had with the Bulldogs. While at Minnesota, he verbally committed to become Washington's head basketball coach, only to be talked into staying at Minnesota by their athletic director. UW eventually offered the job to current head coach Lorenzo Romar.

Now in his fourth year at Long Beach State, Monson has rejuvenated the 49ers program and nearly won the conference tournament last season. Most experts anticipate the 49ers to compete with UC Santa Barbara and Pacific for the championship again this season.

Following this potentially tough early season test, the No. 22 Huskies (3-2) will begin to prepare for a matchup with Texas Tech (4-3) on Dec. 4 in Seattle, a game in which Washington will look to avenge last year's result. Elston Turner missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds left and the score tied at 80; the Huskies eventually lost to Tech in overtime 99-92.

The tip time for Texas Tech is set for 1 p.m. at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and it will be aired live on Fox Sports Northwest.


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