One thing that was quite clear about Long Beach State prior to tonight's game is that they've had a pattern of getting outshot - both allowing opponents to shot rather well and not putting up stellar numbers themselves.
In that regard, tonight's first half against the Washington Huskies at Hec Edmundson Pavilion was more of the same - the Huskies take a 42-28 halftime lead on the strength of 51.3 percent shooting from the field.
Although the scoring is coming from multiple sources, guard Isaiah Thomas has a team-high 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting at halftime. But perhaps the more pleasant performance to see if that of post player Matthew Bryan-Amaning who has 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting off the bench tonight in addition to four boards, rebounding of course being the proposed reason he didn't start to begin with. The bench play of Bryan-Amaning and CJ Wilcox (11 points on 4-for-6 shooting) have contributed to UW's bench outscoring Long Beach State 24 to 6.
Although the biggest statistical factor influencing this game so far has been the turnover differential (Long Beach State 12 to UW 5) and led to 14 UW points off turnovers, the rebounding differential has been huge as well with UW leading 20 to 12 at halftime and establishing a 9 to 2 advantage in second chance points.
In other words, it's not one thing that's going right for the Huskies or wrong for Long Beach State - the Huskies have simply overwhelmed them with depth and talent thus far.