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Monday, December 04, 2023
Patrick's Sacramento State Fall to Long Beach State

Long Beach State closed the final 3:12 on an 11-4 run on the way to an 83-73 victory over David Patrick’s Sacramento State at Walter Pyramid.

The game featured eight ties and six lead changes, as Sacramento State took its final lead of the contest at 60-59 with 9:51 remaining. However, Long Beach State countered with a 9-2 run to take a 68-62 lead with 6:39 remaining, and never led by anything less than three points the rest of the way.

Long Beach, picked to finish second in the Big West Conference preseason coaches poll, led for slightly over 29 minutes of game clock. Long Beach State finished with advantages in points off turnovers (18-7), points in the paint (46-28), second chance points (19-12) and fast break points (16-8). Sacramento State were outscored by four points in the first half, and six points in the second half.

Tonight's game concluded a stretch that saw Sacramento State (2-6) begin the season by playing seven of its first eight games away from home. Sacramento State will begin a season-long three-game homestand next week. Long Beach State, which has road wins over Michigan and DePaul, improved to 5-4 with the victory.

Sacramento State, which saw three players score in double figures, shot 41% (24-58) from the field, 29% (8-28) from the 3-point line, and 65% (17-26) from the free throw line. Sacramento State buried three of their first six 3-point attempts of the game. Long Beach State shot 49% (33-68) from the field, and won the turnover battle, 15-8. The Beach led for 29:10 of game clock, while Sacramento State led for 5:30. Sacramento State opened the game on a 14-9 run.

Sacramento State's largest lead of the contest was six points at 13-7 at the 15:43 mark of the first half.
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