LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jadon Jones tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds, the first double-double for the freshman, to lift Long Beach State to an 85-63 win over Cal State Northridge in the Big West Conference tournament first round on Tuesday.
Chance Hunter had 13 points for ninth-seeded Long Beach State (6-11), which faces league champion UC Santa Barbara in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Joe Hampton added 10 points. Colin Slater had 10 points.
The Beach dismissed leading scorer junior guard Michael Carter III, who started 13 games and average more than 15 points, from the program on on Saturday.
The Matadors’ 29% shooting represented the worst mark by a Long Beach State opponent this season.
TJ Starks had 23 points for the eighth-seeded Matadors (9-13). Atin Wright added 16 points. Alex Merkviladze had 10 rebounds.
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