UCLA basketball home opener against Long Beach State postponed

Monday night’s men’s basketball game between UCLA and a visit to Long Beach State was postponed due to issues with COVID-19 protocol within the Long Beach program.

According to statements from both schools, the game had been delayed due to “an abundance of caution.” The teams plan to reschedule the game, although it was not immediately indicated when that might happen.

LBSU, which has not played a game this season, has been allowed to continue basketball activities, and there will be no break at this time, the school said in its statement.

According to reports, a game day test led to the postponement. It is not immediately known whether it was a player.

UCLA coach Mick Cronin told reporters that his players had gone through their entire pregame routine before they heard their home opener was out.

UCLA’s next scheduled game is on Thursday against Seattle University, before the team opens an expanded 20-game Pac-12 Conference schedule against Cal on Sunday.

The Bruins (1-1) lost their season opener to the state of San Diego last Wednesday and took three hours overtime to beat Pepperdine two days later.

Long Beach is scheduled to play another non-conference game at Loyola Marymount on Friday.

The UCLA women’s team too had delayed his home opener against Cal State Fullerton 48 hours last week, when the Bruins had to postpone it until Friday because of a delay in getting test results for the Fullerton team. Sunday’s UCLA-Pepperdine women’s competition was also delayed for COVID-19 related reasons.