Men's basketball extends trap in second half and uses 11-0 run to claim 75-71 win over Santa Clara.
Men's basketball shoots better than 60 percent and scores 60 points in second half to earn win.
Men's basketball opens conference play with 87-76 win over BYU.
Home for the first time in a month and just the second time on the season, Lions earn 79-59 win over Cal Poly.
Lions advance to fourth straight quarterfinals and will face Santa Clara for record eighth time in WCC tournament.
LMU men's basketball will conclude its quick two-game homestand when they host the West Coast Conference leaders, Gonzaga, in the WCC Game of the Week on Saturday, Jan. 18. Nick Stover interviews CJ Blackwell.
Highlights from LMU at Santa Clara, Anthony Ireland with career-best 34 points.
LMU men's basketball was on the road for a month and returned home this week for the first time since Nov. 17. In addition to home games, the Lions were able to get back to action in the community as well, with the community outreach program LMU Cares picking back up on Monday at Franklin D. Parent School in Inglewood.
The month-long, 15,000-mile road swing for LMU men's basketball will come to a close on Saturday, Dec. 14 when the Lions travel to Valparaiso for an 11:05 am (PT) tip-off. The game is a return from the BracketBusters match-up in 2012 and will be the second meeting between the Lions (6-3) and Crusaders (6-5). Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM and through the LMU Sports Network on LMULions.com.
Senior Anthony Ireland was, well, Anthony Ireland, scoring 24 points with seven assists and six rebounds. Fellow senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi showed his experience and athleticism, while the young roster showed promise and its youth as LMU earned a 96-64 win in its lone exhibition game to start the 2013-14 season.
Opening round of WCC tournament at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
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
Men's Basketball vs. Pepperdine - Feb. 20, 2014 Photos by Jeff Golden
West Coast Conference action from McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
BRIEFLY... C.J. Blackwell is in his third season of collegiate basketball in 2012-13, serving a medical redshirt season in 2013-14 after playing just seven games due to a knee injury.
RECORDS... has a career three-point average of 36.5, 16th all-time in LMU history... 33 games in 2011-12 is tied for 7th for a single season...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU ...
2012-13 SOPHOMORE... Missed first three games due to injury... played next seven games but struggled to heal from injury, was shutdown and applied for medical redshirt... scored 15 points with five three-pointers against Long Beach St. and had 10 points and four rebounds in win over Portland State... finished playing seven games with 6.6 ppg and 2.3 rpg, hitting 9-for-22 from three (40.9%)
2011-12 FRESHMAN... Finished season averaging 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 35.4 percent from three (29-82) and 73.5 percent from the charity stripe (25-34)... played in 33 of the Lions' 34 regular season games, averaging 15.1 minutes off the bench... led the Lions with a career-best 21 points and eight rebounds in the win over La Sierra and then became the fifth straight freshman to earn a double-double, going for 13 points and 11 rebounds against Idaho State (12/10/11)... he then paced the Lions in the overtime win at San Francisco (12/31/11) to start conference play, scoring 19 points with six rebounds, hitting 4-for-7 from three... he also had an 11-point showing off the bench to spark the Lions in the win over Portland (2/9/12), hitting all three of his three-point attempts... scored 11 points off the bench, hitting 3-for-4 from long range, in win over Weber State (3/18/12) in the second round of the CIT tournament.
BEFORE LMU... Blackwell helped Taft High School to the City Championship and to the Division I California State Basketball Championship in 2010-11, finishing the season 29-3 overall and a perfect 10-0 in the league. Taft was ranked 16th nationally in his senior season... He finished his senior season averaging 13.3 points per game, best on the squad. He was also second on the team with 9.0 rebounds per game while also averaging 2.1 assists and 0.8 blocks per contest. He had 10 or more points in all but four games on the season, including a season-high 22, adding 14 rebounds in a 74-51 win over Washington High School... He led Taft to a 66-62 win over Westchester in the second round of the state playoffs, going for a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He finished hitting 8-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-5 from the three-point line. He had 18 points and eight rebounds in the quarterfinals... Blackwell went on to earn First-Team All-City Section honors.. Blackwell returned to his birthplace of California in 2010 from Suwanee, Georgia, where he went to Peachtree Ridge High School... In his final season at Peachtree as a junior in 2009-10, Blackwell averaged 18 points per game and led Gwinnett County for the second straight year in rebounding at more than 13 per contest. Blackwell went on to earn first-team Gwinnett Tip-off Club All-County and first-team Atlanta Tipoff Club All-Metro honors... As a sophomore, he averaged 16.7 points and led Gwinnett County with 11.8 rebounds per game. Peachtree went on to finish the season 21-8.
PERSONAL... Cory Dwayne Blackwell, CJ, was born on Oct. 28, 1992 in Los Angeles, Calif., and he is the son of Megan and Cory Blackwell... His father was a standout for Wisconsin and played in the NBA with Seattle... has three sisters, two older... CJ volunteered with Mercy Worldwide, which provides relief and care to those in need and to inspire, educate and motivate those in underprivileged conditions, with a special focus on Youth, worldwide... a Sociology major.
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