Riggins rebound rally energizes LBSU win

Long Beach State vs UC Davis at Walter Pyramid Photo Credit: Francisco Valladares

Long Beach State vs UC Davis at Walter Pyramid Photo Credit: Francisco Valladares

Sophomore forward Mason Riggins had a field day on the offensive glass Thursday, as the Beach sent UC Davis home with a loss in an overtime thriller.

Nine offensive rebounds, along with another three on the defensive end gave Riggins a career-high in rebounds with 12, and his first double-double after recording 10 points.

Coming off the bench, the 6-foot-8 forward was fired up early on, providing a quick six points and five offensive boards, which helped spur a 6-0 run for LBSU.

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Mason Riggins rising up for the floater. Photo Credit: longbeachstate.com

“I just wanted to come off the bench and bring a little energy to the team,” Riggins said. “I just tried to have fun out there… it felt good.”

On the more glamorous side of the court, Riggins showcased his offensive game by shooting an efficient 71 percent from the field, making five of his seven field goals in the paint.

With four fouls down the stretch, the Texas native found playing time scarce in the closing moments, eventually fouling out in overtime.

Nonetheless, LBSU was able to call on junior guard Evan Payne, who hit a clutch jumper to tie the game at 55 and send it to overtime.

Payne finished the game with 18 points, which included making 100 percent of his free throws, sinking all eight of his shots.

After only scoring one of his five field goal attempts in the first half, the transfer player from Loyola Marymount Univeristy scored most of his 18 points in the second half and overtime.

Another consistent contributor throughout the game was Temidayo Yussuf, who matched Payne’s scoring with 18 points of his own, and grabbed 7 boards.

Going forward, this win over the top-seeded UC Davis could bolster the team and help them finish the season strong.

“[We] just got to be the hottest team going into the tournament,” said Yussuf.

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Evan Payne Photo Credit: longbeachstate.com

Head coach Dan Monson also highlighted the resiliency the team had, saying it was encouraging how the players followed the game plan and got the win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how coachable this team was the last two days. We had two very difficult practices,” said Monson. “We didn’t practice any offense, just taking charges, making deflections…”

The 49ers will be looking to get another win Saturday versus UC Santa Barbara.

 

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