LONG BEACH – When Colin Slater took the opening pass with seven seconds to go before a draw against UC Davis on Thursday night, he was not thinking about how he was 0 of 12 from the field at the time, including seven 3-point fouls . .
The sniper, who was leading one of his worst games of the season, was confident that his offense would be there when he needed it most. He knew coach Dan Monson wasn’t going to ask for a timeout. So Slater grabbed the ball and haggled straight to the 3-point line on the right side. He saw that the defender, perhaps knowing that his shot had not fallen, took off.
“I’m like, yeah,” Slater said. “I’ll go ahead and let this mount.”
Slater’s first field goal of the night was the difference in Long Beach State’s 68-65 victory over UC Davis in the Walter Pyramid. He also helped LBSU (17-11 overall, 11-3 Big West) win at least a portion of the Big West Conference regular season title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big West Tournament after Cal State Fullerton (17-10). , 10-4) lost to UC Riverside, 75-72, on Thursday.
Long Beach started the night tied with Fullerton at the top of the Big West standings with two games to play, but LBSU controls the tiebreaker after beating the Titans in their only meeting in February (their January game was canceled).
Both teams would be considered co-champions if they finish the season with the same conference record, although Long Beach would remain the top seed and be guaranteed a spot on the NIT if it does not secure a 68-team NCAA trip. Tournament.
Long Beach led by three in the final seconds, but UC Davis (12-9, 5-5) tied the score with seven seconds left after Elijah Pepper received a foul on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws.
Monson said he didn’t ask for a timeout after free throws because he didn’t want the Aggies to get their defensive set. And he knew Slater’s shot was good.
“He was right there,” Monson said. “I’m like, ‘This is inside.’
Ezra Manjon surpassed UC Davis by 16 points, while Kane Milling added 14.
After an unfortunate shot in the first half, Long Beach made up for it in the second half.
Jadon Jones, who only had three points in the first half, shed 18 in the second half, including five triples, to finish with a maximum of 21 points.
Aboubacar Traore added another double-double with 14 points – including a thunderous checkmate that gave Long Beach a 65-60 lead in the last minute – and 14 rebounds. Jordan Roberts, who played 133 games on Thursday, which is the show’s record, was LBSU’s third double-digit player with 12 points.
In the first half, Long Beach, the team that scored the most goals in the Big West, looked like nothing. LBSU shot just 28 percent from the field and 2 out of 18 from a distance. Slater and Jones combined to shoot 1 of 12 in the first half.
Despite the shooting difficulties, LBSU only lost seven points at the break.
Monson attributed Slater’s lead to Jones’ blast in the second half. Jones caught fire early in the second half, causing a 14-2 run that put Long Beach ahead by seven.
Leaving the locker room at the break, Slater said to Jones, “Let’s get another 18 good looks.”
“When their captains told you they believe in you like that, this team isn’t winning because we’re talented teams,” Monson said. “We’re connecting outside. We’re more connected than any team I’ve had in 10 years. It’s noticeable in games like today when things don’t go well.”
The Long Beach bench also didn’t let Slater think of his 0 per performance.
“They literally don’t let me think about it,” Slater said. “I’m on the sidelines, I’m like ‘Man’.” They’re like, ‘I don’t care. He’s still playing defense. “
After Slater’s shot and Aggies’ consequent rotation at the entrance passed as time went on, the senior ran straight to the student section at the other end of the track, both hands raised in the air as the students chanted his name.
Attendance on Thursday night was 1,444, with a tumultuous student section made up of many athletes from other LBSU teams.
“Since we’ve been here, has it been super bright like that?” Roberts asked his teammate Roberts during the post-match press conference.
Roberts replied: “This year has increased. Honestly, it is a blessing to have this year as the last year.
LBSU closes the regular season at home against UC Riverside (16-10, 9-5) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
– LBSU Men’s Basketball (@LBSUhoops) March 4, 2022
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