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UCLA-Long Beach State game postponed for second time because of coronavirus

UCLA coach Mick Cronin adjusts his mask on the sideline during a game against San Diego on Dec. 9.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin watches from the sideline during a game against San Diego on Dec. 9. Coronavirus issues within Long Beach State’s program has forced Tuesday’s scheduled game against the Bruins to be postponed.
(Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

The Beach is closed.

A positive coronavirus test within the Long Beach State men’s basketball program paused team operations for two weeks Tuesday, postponing its game against UCLA for a second time less than six hours before it was scheduled to tip off at Pauley Pavilion.

The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 30 before being delayed because of COVID-19 protocols. While a UCLA statement said both postponements were out of an “abundance of caution based on COVID-19 protocol within the Long Beach State program,” the first did not result in a full team stoppage for Long Beach State.

Long Beach State (1-2) had three rounds of testing for the coronavirus over the last three days, with all members of the program receiving negative results, according to a school statement Tuesday. Then tests before Tuesday’s game returned one positive result, and that individual was isolated. Long Beach State will miss five games during the two-week pause, including the first two games of its Big West Conference schedule.

The Bruins (5-1) have won five straight and have four days before their next scheduled game, against Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. PST in Cleveland.

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It’s the last nonconference game lined up before UCLA resumes its Pac-12 slate at Oregon on Dec. 23.

The next three games for the USC men’s basketball team have been canceled or postponed in the wake of a positive coronavirus test involving the team.


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