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Cowling's Corner

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Hey Lion fans!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The most exciting moment of the year happened this weekend for my teammates and me. In the Consolation game of our Thanksgiving tournament we got our first win of the season! It definitely didn't come as early as we would have hoped, but it couldn't have happened in any more of a dramatic fashion.  The game was decided in the last minute of play, and I was even fortunate enough to be put in a position to hit what turned out to be the first game-winner of my career! Our opponent Wyoming was a very good team, and because the win was such a team effort we've really come away from it with a renewed confidence in our ability to execute our offense, and buckle down on defense.

We're going to need that as we prepare to travel to "The Pit" to face the University of New Mexico Lobos. At least 7,000 fans will be in attendance there, and they represent yet another opponent looking to use the altitude as an additional weapon to fight us with. Fortunately for us we've already faced Denver this year and gotten a taste of what it takes to play in an environment with thin air. We're excited for the challenge and looking forward to the game on Thursday. We're getting better everyday. The most important part of the regular season is conference. We have to remember that each day as we continue to improve in this preseason period. To everyone rooting for us, thank you so much for your continued support. Your loyalty will be rewarded in the end! Go Lions!

Cowling's Corner

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No one ever expects to start a season off without winning. Four games in and we're still searching for one. It really goes without saying then, that our season has thus far not gone as planned. But just as Coach always says, "it isn't the test when everything's going great." The true character of a team is revealed when times are tough. We refuse to stop working. On top of that, we are all committed to staying positive, and a genuine optimism towards the future has permeated our locker room. Everyday is a new opportunity for success. Victory is definitely afoot. After all there are some MAJOR positives that have come from our first games. Number one, we see a definite improvement each time we step on the floor. As Melinda Gomez so eloquently put it after our Fullerton loss, "some days they're just itty bitty tiny ant baby steps forward, but we're moving forward." My second point is kind of the reverse of the first, and ultimately since we have yet to put together a quality showing, teams looking to prepare for us by watching the game film of our previous games really have no idea what we're actually capable of doing. We're a talented team on the verge of putting it all together on the court. If that's not a silver-lining, I don't know what is. We're hungry for a win, and our next opportunity to feast is fast approaching. Friday at 1:00PM we face the Youngstown State Penguins in our Thanksgiving Tournament. I don't know about you, but penguins for a late lunch on Friday sounds like the most appetizing thing in the world to me right about now. GO LIONS.

Game Night in LA

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Let the season begin.

LMU's men's basketball season is here and its a battle with UCLA, the 17th-ranked team in the nation to start 2011-12.

The Lions travel to the LA Sports Arena for the first time since 2006 when they played USC. The Sports Arena has a whole new look, as UCLA will call it home while the tradition-rich Pauley Pavilion gets a face lift.

We are 13:00 away from the start of the season. Follow the game live right here while watching on FS West... more to come...

DEFENSE early. JD with a steal and Okonji with a block. Hamilton scores Lions first two buckets. Tied 4-4 with 17 to play first half...

Lions get UCLA's big man, Smith, with his second foul at 12:30 mark... Blackwell hits a big shot, LMU up 13-9... 

Second media timeout. Lions hitting big shots and limiting bigger UCLA on the boards early for a 19-13 lead. UCLA struggling from the floor - shooting just 35 percent. LMU hitting 53 percent.

Lions defense is running as UCLA calls another timeout. LMU leads 23-18 after DuBois floater. A three-pointer by Ireland stretched the lead to 26-18. However, UCLA's 9-0 run gives them the lead 27-26.

The teams go back and forth down the stretch until Ireland banks in a floater at the buzzer to give the Lions a 34-33 lead at the break. 

Lions score first four of the second half. 38-35 LMU.

UCLA takes a 42-41 lead, however, a Hamilton lay-in and a steal and lay-in by Ireland gives the Lions a 45-42 lead and UCLA calls a timeout. Ireland has 18 points, three assists and two steals. Monster game for the second-year guard.