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Stevie Thompson and the Beavers play Long Beach State on Friday night at Portland's Moda Center.

Mark Ylen, Gazette-Times

PORTLAND — Here's a look at Long Beach State, Oregon State's opponent in Friday's second game at the DamCity Classic at Moda Center.

The 49ers are 2-10 after a 71-65 loss at Texas last Saturday. They have wins against Cal State Los Angeles and Pepperdine, both at home.

Long Beach has played a murderer's row of a schedule in nonconference play, including four teams ranked among the top 11 in this week's Associated Press Poll.

The slate has included No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Kansas, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 11 Louisville, all played as true road games. The 49ers also played at Wichita State, which is 27th in the AP poll. The closest margin among those five games came at North Carolina, where the Tar Heels took a 93-67 victory.

Long Beach State is led in scoring by junior guard Evan Payne, a junior guard averaging 13.5 points and 3.2 rebounds. Payne, who has a team-high 22 3-pointers, had a season-high 26 points against Texas.

Junior forward Gabe Levin adds 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds and junior guard Justin Bibbins 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Payne and Levin are both transfers from Loyola Marymount. Levin is in his second year with the 49ers and Payne his first.

Long Beach State lost three of its top five scorers off last year's team, which went 20-15 overall (12-4 in the Big West Conference) and lost to Washington in the NIT.

Dan Monson is in his 10th season as the 49ers' head coach. His tenure has included three Big West titles, three NITs and an NCAA appearance in 2012.

Monson was previously the head coach at Gonzaga and Minnesota.


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