Men's basketball continues four-game road trip when they head to Saint Mary's on Jan. 29.
Evan Payne grabbed a rebound and scored at the buzzer as Lions erased 17-point deficit to claim road win.
Lions hit 51 percent from field and hold Portland to 39.4 percent for 80-68 win.
LMU returns home for Alumni Family Day at earns 82-60 win over San Diego Christian.
Lions shoot 52 percent and out-rebound SE Missouri State by 13 to earn season-opening win.
LMU men's basketball will bring to a close its four-game, two-week Bay Area road trip when they head to Pacific for the WCC Game of the Week on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Lions (6-16, 2-8) are coming off a tough 68-54 setback to Saint Mary's while the Tigers fell to Pepperdine 50-43 at home on Thursday. The coverage will start with This Week in the WCC on Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 12:30 followed by tip-off at 1 pm. The game is on all the WCC Regional Networks and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
Play within the West Coast Conference for 2014-15 has begun, and for LMU men's basketball it begins with the longest running series in program history. The Lions (4-8, 0-0) will face rival Pepperdine (7-4, 0-0) to start the WCC campaign for both teams on Monday, Dec. 29 at 6 pm. The LMU Sports Network caught up with the senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi to talk about Hawaii, the team's progression so far this season and the start of WCC play.
LMU used a stingy defense and a double-digit rebounding advantage for the second straight game to claim a 72-69 win over DePaul in the final game of the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at Stan Sherriff Center on Christmas morning.
The start of the 2014-15 season for the LMU men's basketball program and the Mike Dunlap era begins with the 2014 LMU CLassic presented by the Office of International Students and Scholars. Seniors Godwin Okonji, Ayodeji Egbeyemi and Chase Flint sat down to talk about the new season, returning after injuries, hard work and team chemistry.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
West Coast Conference action from McKeon Pavilion
West Coast Conference game at War Memorial Gymnasium in San Francisco
West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara
Homecoming Game from Gersten Pavilion
First game of 2015 Homecoming Week at Gersten Pavilion
BRIEFLY... Ayodeji Egbeyemi is in his fifth and final season of collegiate basketball at LMU in 20114-15... served a medical redshirt season in 2013-14 after suffering a hip injury in the eighth game of the season against UC Riverside (12/2/13)... earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration in May of 2014 and is currently working on is MBA with the LMU business program... a member of LMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the West Coast Conference liaison and the national liaison with the NCAA... played for Nigeria national program at the 2013 FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions' Cup in China during the Summer of 2013...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
IN 2012-13 JUNIOR... played and started every game for the Lions until suffering a groin injury that ended his season... finished playing/starting 25 games... averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds... hit 37 three-pointers before suffering the injury against Pepperdine (2/14/13)... had 15 games with 10 or more points, including a pair of double-double games with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Long Beach St. (11/29/12) and 17 points and 11 rebounds against San Diego (2/4/13).
IN 2011-12 SOPHOMORE... Finished season averaging 4.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists per contest... added 16 steals... played 41 minutes with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in overtime win at Idaho State (11/23/11)... made 14 starts on the year... went for 10 points and six rebounds in win over Northern Arizona (11/26/11)...had seven points off the bench in 90-88 comeback win over San Francisco (2/4/12)... did not play in Lions' final four games of the season due to wrist surgery... played in 30 games and earned 14 starts.
IN 2010-11 FRESHMAN... played in 28 games, starting 13 as a true freshman... finished averaging 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 assists on the season... in conference play, ranked 12th hitting 35.7 percent from long range... played 13 minutes in first college game, scoring four points with two rebounds and an assist against Morgan State (11/12/10)... earned first career start against Gonzaga (1/15/11), playing 27 minutes with nine points and a steal... earned third straight start and had a break-out game with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, added a pair of assists, hitting 6-for-12 from the field against San Francisco (1/27/11)... held the WCC's leading scorer and nation's top three-pointer shooter, SCU's (2/24/11) Kevin Foster, to just 11 points on 4-for-18 shooting, 1-for-11 from the three-point line while forcing him into 10 turnovers. Played 47 of the 50 minutes in double overtime game. Scored six points with career-best five assists and five rebounds...
PRIOR TO LMU... Egbeyemi is from Lagos, Nigeria, and participated in a pair of NBA's Basketball Without Borders camps in Africa, earning MVP honors in 2008. He made his way to National Christian Academy (Washington D.C.) in October of that year, where he earned MVP honors in an east coast tournament. In the final 12 games of the season, he averaged 18.6 points in helping National Christian Academy to win the National Prep Basketball Championship. He was named preseason all-conference by the Washington Post for independent schools in the state of Maryland. In the summer of 2007 at just the age of 16, Egbeyemi played for the Nigeria U19 National Team at the FIBA U19 World Championships in Serbia...
PERSONAL... Ayodeji Egbeyemi was born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 16, 1990. He is the son of Jokotade and Niyi Egbeyemi... earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration in May of 2014 and is currently working on is MBA with the LMU business program.