Inside the Numbers

For LMU men's basketball, most offensive numbers (and its records) start and end in the late 1980s. "The System" set offensive numbers so high, at last count 13 were still NCAA Division I records.

With that said, the Lions' 90-88 win over San Francisco on Saturday, which include a 60-point second half, had some numbers that hadn't been seen at Gersten Pavilion for quite some time. Here is a little more look into those numbers:

• The Box Score: It was uncommonly similar. FGs: LMU 29-for-60; USF 29-for-61. 3FGs: LMU 11-for-20; USF 11-for-27. FTs: LMU 21-for-25; USF 19-for-23. Rebounds: LMU 7o-24d=32 total. USF 7o-24d=32 total. Fouls: 20 each. Assists: LMU 18, USF 16. TOs: LMU 14; USF 13. Blocks: 1 each. Steals: 7 each. This all coming in a series that has been decided by a TOTAL of six points in the last four games. 2010-11: 1 point, 2 points. 2011-12: 1 points, 2 points.

• LMU trailed by 19 in the first half and then by 16 with 7:28 to play in the second half. The teams combined in the second half for 105 points, 16 three-pointers (on 26 attempts for a 61.5 percent clip), 27-for-32 shooting from the free throw line (84 percent) and 54 percent shooting from the field (31-for-57).

• The Lions comeback included a 10-for-13 clip from the three point line (76.9 percent), including a 4-for-4 clip by Drew Viney and a 3-for-4 clip by Jarred DuBois. They finished 18-for-30 from the field overall (60 percent) and went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent from the charity stripe. 

• The 60-point half was the most since the Lions scored 69 in the second half against USC on Nov. 30, 1993. The 60 points in a half is not a new thing, they did it four times in 1991-92, seven times in 1990-91 and 18 times in 1989-90. The Lions 122 points per game in that 89-90 season still holds the NCAA D-I record.

• LMU's 90 points in WCC play was the most since scoring 94 points on Feb. 6, 2006. Prior to USF's 88 points, LMU had not allowed more than 77 on the season (Florida State) and more than 71 (Saint Mary's) in WCC play. In fact, the Lions' had allowed no more than 68 in nine of the previous 10 games. 

There is more to come, as the Lions head to their toughest road stretch of the season when they play at Portland, Gonzaga and No. 16 Saint Mary's in their next three. It begins Thursday at Portland. Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM starting at 8 pm.