Anthony Ireland continues to add to his post-season honors and will play in All-Star game, which will be part of Final Four Friday.
Anthony Ireland was named second-team NABC All-District on Wednesday.
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.
The final score of the second quarterfinal of the 2014 West Coast Conference basketball championships will show BYU earning an 85-74 win over LMU on Saturday afternoon at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.What happened after the final buzzer was a tribute to a career. Senior Anthony Ireland walked off the college court for the final time, ending a four-year career that can only be defined be the response that awaited him.
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.
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 played every game in his tenure at LMU, playing 132 games, starting 125... he was named first-team All-WCC in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14, making him just the third Lion to win first-team three times... he earned LMU's first NABC All-District honor in just his second season of college basketball in 2011-12... he was second-team All-NABC as a senior...
2013-14 IN VIDEO:
Ireland Passes Kimble, Moves to 4th All-Time Scoring
A March Beyond 2,000
Highlights of Anthony Ireland
2012 First-Team All-WCC
Ireland Earns Honor
AROUND THE NATION:
HONORS...2013-14...Second-team NABC All-District... First-Team WCC All-Conference... First-Team WCC Preseason All-Conference... Lou Henson Preseason Mid-Major All-American... Bob Cousy Watch List... Senior Class Award Top-50...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...
IRELAND'S FINAL CAREER RANKINGS
SEASON... 7th with 688 points in 2012-13... 24th with 548 points in 2011-12... 23rd with 20.2 ppg in 2012-13... 17th with 228 field goals made in 2012-13...11th with 552 field goal attempts in 2012-13... 13th with 65 three-pointers made in 2012-13... 22nd with 50 three-pointers made in 2011-12... t-10th with 173 three-pointers attempted in 2012-13... t-16th with 148 three-pointers attempted in 2011-12...8th with 167 free throws made in 2012-13... t-12th with 203 free throws attempted in 2011-12... 11th with 168 assists in 2011-12... 23rd with 121 assists in 2012-13... 20th with 4.9 apt in 2011-12... t-12th with 58 steals in both the 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons... t-27th with 1.7 spy average in both 2012-13 and 2011-12... 34 games started in 2012-13 is LMU record... 1st with 1,274 minutes played in 2012-13 and 2nd with 1,241 in 2011-12... t-24th with 991 minutes in 2010-11... 4th with 37.5 mpg in 2012-13 and 7th with 36.5 in 2011-12...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
2012-13 JUNIOR... In the last two seasons, Ireland has played in 2,515 minutes of the Lions 2,755 total game minutes (91.2 percent) on his way to claiming First-Team WCC All-Conference & FIrst-Team WCC All-Tournament in 2012-13... he finished ranked second in the WCC and 14th in NCAA Division I in scoring with 20.2 ppg... he was also First-Team WCC Preseason All-Conference & Lou Henson Preseason All-American... led Lions in scoring in 30 of the 34 games on the season with 16 20-point games... following the 34 games this season, he still has not missed a game since he arrived at LMU as he has played every game as a Lion, totaling 100 games with 93 starts (5th all-time at LMU)... he finished with 688 points (ranked 7th for single season at LMU), 121 assists (23rd) and 58 steals (t-12th) to lead the Lions, giving him 1,576 points (ranked 10th all-time at LMU), 384 assists (8th) and 147 steals (10th) in his career... became the 33rd Lion to score 1,000 in a career in the game against Texas State (11/23/12) and earned his fourth career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at SMU (11/11/12)... he had his 30th game with at least 20 points against Santa Clara (3/8/13) and his two 30-point games this season is the first time a Lion has done that since Brandon Worthy in 2006-07... his other 30-point game came at Gonzaga (2/9/13), earning him an ovation when he left the floor... Ireland has been Santa Clara's worst nightmare, going for more than 20 points in all three meetings against them this season, including his 23-point, seven-steal effort in the quarterfinals (3/8/13)... he hit the go-ahead bucket on a lay-in with 5.8 seconds in the 60-58 win... he went for 23 against them on Feb. 28 and 29 in the win on Jan. 10... he averaged a league best 37.5 minutes this season, playing 161 of the 165 minutes at the WCC tournament... in addition to the scoring within the WCC, he was ranked seventh in assists (3.6 apg), t-19th in rebounds (4.4 rpg), 4th in FT percentage (82.3), 4th in steals (1.7 spg), 7th in three-pointers made (1.9 pg), and 10th in assist to turnover ratio (1.1).
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.