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Gameday Capsule: Long Beach State at No. 17 MSU

 

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Long Beach State (1-2) at No. 17 Mississippi State (2-0) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 8 p.m. on SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald and Pat Bradley on the call, plus the MSU Radio Network with Neil Price and Richard Williams. 

 

LONG BEACH STATE SO FAR: The 49ers put a heck of a scare into UCLA in eventually losing 91-80, but beat Menlo (NAIA school) 78-57 and lost at Arizona State 90-58. 

 

LONG BEACH STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 15 Deishaun Booker, Sr., 6'3", 170 -- 19.3 ppg, 3.3 apg, 25-27 from the free throw line, put 31 points on Arizona State. 

 

G 10 Bryan Alberts, Sr., 6'5", 200 -- 6.3 ppg, 1 spg, , 5-15 from 3-point range, Gonzaga transfer. 

 

G/F 2 Jordan Roberts, Soph., 6'8", 195 -- 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8 points and 5 rebounds against UCLA. 

 

F 5 Mason Riggins, Sr., 6'9", 230 -- 3.7 ppg, 5 rpg, 1-5 from the free throw line, 5 blocks and 4 steals in 3 games.  

 

F 24 Temidayo Yussef, Sr., 6'7", 265 -- 5.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5-11 from the free throw line, 12 fouls and 10 turnovers in 3 games. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Jr., 6'0", 185 -- 7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 1 spg, 29.4 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from 3. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Soph., 6'2", 195 -- 14.5 ppg, 4 apg, 1 spg, 61.1 percent from the field, has yet to commit a turnover. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, sr., 6'4", 205 -- 21.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4 spg, 60 percent from the field bu 1-5 from 3-point range. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Sr., 6'10", 225 -- 11 ppg, 9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.5 bpg, perfect 5-5- from the free throw line. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Soph., 6'11", 255 -- 6.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1 spg, tied for the team lead with six offensive rebounds. 

 

QUOTE: Ben Howland on Long Beach State coach Dan Monson -- "He's really the one that got that whole Gonzaga thing started. Bob Braswell joined their staff, he's another long-time friend. I have a long history with their staff and great respect for them." 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives MSU a 96 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 86-66....MSU is shooting 81.4 percent from the free throw line in its first two games....Long Beach State did not have a single player score in double digits in the loss to Arizona State in its last game; the team shot 27.4 percent from the floor. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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