Anthony Ireland and Alex Osborne combined to play more games than any in history and their careers close in WCC quarterfinals.
Men's basketball to face BYU for first time since Jan. 11 and for first time in WCC tourney on Saturday.
Nick Stover's lay-in with 30 seconds to play breaks the tie and the Lions advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year.
Anthony Ireland continues to add to legacy by adding third first-team All-WCC honor while record-setting freshmen earn honors as well.
Men's basketball extends trap in second half and uses 11-0 run to claim 75-71 win over Santa Clara.
WCC First Round Postgame Press Conferences
The 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships will descend on Las Vegas, Nev., for the sixth consecutive season and the LMU basketball programs will begin play on Thursday at the Orleans Arena.
The final stretch of the record-setting four-year career of Anthony Ireland continues to put him in rare company within the history of LMU men's basketball. He continues to add to his legacy as one of the program's all-time best players as he joins Hank Gathers and Forrest McKenzie as the only Lions to earn first-team All-Conference honors by the West Coast Conference three times.
Combined seniors Anthony Ireland and Alex Osborne have played 251 games as LMU Lions, on Saturday they will add the final two from Gersten Pavilion as the Lions host San Francisco in the home finale. The duo have played more games than any players in LMU history and they will say farewell to Gersten Pavilion on Senior Day with tip-off set at 7 pm.
Playing in the toughest arena on their senior night, LMU men's basketball and their seven scholarship players made Gonzaga earn it the hard way. The Lions short roster caught up with them, especially in the paint, as the Zags pulled away for an 86-67 win.
Final game for senior Anthony Ireland
Opening round of WCC tournament at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
Career In Photos
Senior Day, final home games for Anthony Ireland and Alex Osborne on Mar. 1, 2014.
West Coast Conference play on Feb. 27, 2014 at Gersten Pavilion
BRIEFLY... Anthony Ireland has played every game in his tenure at LMU, playing 100 games entering his final season in 2013-14... he was named first-team All-WCC in 2011-12 and 2012-13, making him the first Lion to earn back-to-back first-team All-WCC honors since Matthew Knight did it in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He is the 14th player to go back-to-back and just the second junior to do it, joining Hank Gathers as the only Lion to do so... earned LMU's first NABC All-District honor in just his second season of college basketball in 2011-12... he is in his final season in 2013-14...
2013-14 IN THE NEWS:
HONORS...2012-13... First-Team WCC All-Conference... First-Team WCC All-Tournament... First-Team WCC Preseason All-Conference... Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-American... 2012-13 LMU Athlete of the Year... 2011-12... Honorable Mention Jesuit Spotlight All-American... NABC Second-Team All-District... 2011-12 First-Team All-WCC... CollegeHoops.net All-WCC... 2011-12 LMU Athlete of the Year... two-time WCC Player of the Week (Jan. 24; Feb. 20)... 2010-11... WCC All-Freshman and CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
2011-12 SOPHOMORE... Earned First-Team All-WCC and Second-Team NABC All-District after leading the Lions to a pair of postseason wins for the first time since 1989-90... He finished the season leading the Lions with 16.1 points, 4.94 assists and 1.71 steals per game... He finished the season ranked second in the WCC in scoring, fourth in assists, eighth in free throw percentage (77.1%), 15th in three-point percentage (33.8%), fourth in steals, 10th in three-point field games made (1.5), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and second in minutes played (36.5). He earned a pair of WCC Player of the Week honors, his first coming after a 27-point performance to earn a win at BYU (1/19/12). He added five assists and went 7-for-9 from the field and 12-for-14 from the free throw line, all in the final 3:30 of the game. His second honor came after the Lions defeated No. 16 Saint Mary's (2/15/12) on the road and two days later knocked off Valparaiso (2/17/12) in the ESPN BracketBuster game. He had 16 points and seven assists against the Gaels and then went for 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists against Valpo... In the postseason, he finished the three CIT games averaging 23 points per game, adding 5.3 rebounds per contest and 6.0 assists. He finished hitting 17-for-21 from the free throw line (81.0%) and 44.2 percent from the field... he also hit the game winner to start conference at San Francisco (12/31/11), hitting a runner in the lane with 1.6 seconds left in overtime for the 77-76 victory... opened the season with 21 points on 9-for-20 shooting in the win over No. 17 UCLA (11/11/11), adding back-to-back games of 26 and 25 points against Harvard (11/19/11) and Idaho State (11/23/11), respectively... Scored 17 points with five rebounds in win over No. 23 Saint Louis (11/29/11)... in the first game against BYU (1/5/12), he had 21 points and seven assists... led Lions with 21 points, four assists and four rebounds in win at Pepperdine (1/12/12)... followed his 27-point game at BYU with 25 points and five assists, hitting 9-for-10 from the charity stripe, in the win at Santa Clara (1/24/12)... had 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting at Gonzaga (2/11/12) and then finished regular season with 17 points, six assists and five steals against Santa Clara... went for 26 points, four assists, five rebounds and two steals in win over CS Fullerton (3/14/12), hitting 8-for-16 from the field and 8-for-10 from the charity stripe to lead Lions to first postseason win since 1989-90... followed with 20 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and a steal in overtime win over Weber State (3/18/12). Hit 6-for-16 from field and 6-for-6 from charity stripe... in finale at Utah State (3/21/12), went for 23 points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds.
2010-11 FRESHMAN... Was named WCC All-Freshman in 2010-11... named CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American... Finished the season averaging 10.6 points, 2.97 assists and 0.97 steals as a true freshman... led the team with 39 three-pointers while shooting 34.5 percent from long range... also averaged 3.7 rebounds per contest.... finished the season ranked 20th in the WCC in scoring, and eight in assists... was the only Lion on the season to play all 32 games and finished with 991 minutes, averaging 31.0 per game, second on the team... Became first Lion to hit a three-pointer in his first attempt in his first game against Morgan State... made first career start against Rider (11/21/10), scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 32 minutes... played 42 minutes in win over Long Beach State (11/27/10), scoring 12 points with six rebounds and two steals... went for 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in win over South Dakota (12/11/10)... at UC Irvine (12/30/10) went for 15 points, hitting 6-for-6 from the line (including four straight in the final 30 seconds). Added six assists, two steals and just two turnovers in 36 minutes... went for first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds at Gonzaga (1/15/11)... had 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting at Saint Mary's (2/5/11)... hit 4-of-6 from the three-point line in win over Pepperdine, as he finished the game with 14 points, six assists, three steals, three rebounds and just one turnover (2/16/11)... went for 21 points in double overtime at Santa Clara (2/24/11), playing 42 minutes for the second time on the season, going 9-for-17 from the field... in the first-round win at the WCC Championships against Portland (3/4/11), scored 12 points, hitting a pair of three pointers while playing 33 minutes... finished season against Santa Clara (3/5/11) scoring 24 points, tied for 10th best by a freshman in LMU history...
PRIOR TO LMU... Ireland went to Crosby High School in Waterbury, Conn., graduating in June of 2009. He then transferred to Winchendon School, a premier prep school in the New England area, for a post-graduate season. He was graded at an 84 by ESPN.com prior to his season at Winchedon, but he was moved to an 88 after a senior season that saw him lead his team to the NEPSAC Quarterfinals and claim first-team all-conference in the NEPSAC Class A. Prior to Winchedon, he was one of the team leaders in his career at Crosby, leading the team to a 70-7 record in three seasons and back-to-back trips to the CIAC State Finals, including a state title as a junior. In his final season, he averaged 29.2 points per game and led his team to a second place finish in the state playoffs and a No. 2 state ranking. He had a break-out senior season in 2008-09 for Crosby, scoring 583 points...
PERSONAL... Anthony Bernard Ireland was born on Sept. 25, 1991 in Waterbury, Conn. He is the son of Lynda Carter and Bernard Ireland. He has two sisters and one brother. Did volunteer work with Relay for Life and Hope for Haiti. He is an African American Studies major.