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Road-tested Long Beach State faces UCLA
Road-tested Long Beach State faces UCLA

The Long Beach State men's basketball team already had a demanding schedule to start the season, and that was before the plane troubles. The team landed in Chicago last week on the way to play Xavier. Mechanical problems led to a flight cancellation, and a lack of charter buses left the 49ers with an unusual mode of transportation: a brand-new party bus, complete with neon lights. "It wasn't really a party," Long Beach Coach Dan Monson said. "But it got us there." Long Beach lost, but the return trip was more productive, if less eventful. On Friday, the 49ers beat Kansas State, which was a few votes shy of the Associated Press top 25. UCLA leaves next...