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    Long Beach State crushes CSDH to close nonconference play
    • December 20, 2023

    LONG BEACH — Jadon Jones scored a game-high 23 points as Long Beach State scored triple-digits and finished with 21 assists in a 107-78 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills on Tuesday night at the Walter Pyramid.

    Long Beach (8-4) squared off with CSDH for the first time in more than 20 years, and the result was predictable.

    Even though the Toros have been ranked as high as No. 16 in the NCAA Division II rankings this season, they were never likely to be able to hang with LBSU for very long.

    The score was tied at 9-all when a 3-pointer from Jones sparked an 11-2 run for Long Beach and the rout was on. The LBSU starters saw plenty of minutes in the first half, and that translated to a 62-42 halftime lead for the hosts.

    The rest of the roster had plenty of time to shine in the second half, as every Long Beach player who checked in logged at least five minutes (10 players logged at least 13 minutes) and all but one player scored three points or more.

    Lassina Traore had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Long Beach, while Amari Stroud got his third start of the season and had a career-high 13 points. Marcus Tsohonis scored 12 and Isa Silva had eight points with a team-high five assists. Jones, who shot 6 for 9 from the field (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 8 for 9 from the free-throw line, added five rebounds.

    Maddox Monson matched his career-high with five points and Jason Hart Jr. set his with eight.

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    Long Beach, which shot 50% from the field and 32 for 38 from the free-throw line, had a 27-11 advantage in points off turnovers, a 40-28 margin in points in the paint, 21-10 on second-chance points and 17-4 on fast-break points.

    Jeremy Dent-Smith had 21 points (6 for 12 shooting), six rebounds and four assists to pace CSDH, which shot 39.7% from the field and shot 17 fewer free throws than Long Beach. Jacob Washington added 13 points and six rebounds, Jordan Hilstock had 13 points and five rebounds and DJ Guest had 11 points and five rebounds.

    LBSU now gets a brief break before its Big West Conference opener against Cal State Fullerton next Thursday (Dec. 28) at Titan Gym.

    ​ Orange County Register