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.
After solid first half and halftime lead, Lions shot just 29 percent in second half to fall to Pilots.
Anthony Ireland hits 2,000 career points with team-high 24, but can't overcome Waves final 16-3 run.
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.
LMU men's basketball will continue their greuling start to conference play - playing four games in eight days - when they conclude a four-game homestand against San Diego on Monday, Dec. 30 at Gersten Pavilion.
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.
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... Evan Payne is in his first season of college basketball for LMU in 2013-14... comes to LMU after a season at Kingdom Christian Academy in Columbus, Georgia... FROM COACH GOOD: "When in Ohio he was considered one of the top-10 recruits from the state and coming out of prep school he was considered one of the top six post-graduate players. And he has earned that praise. We have been very impressed with his overall game... He can really finish well. He is not just a really gifted athlete, he is a ver good basketball player."
HIGH SCHOOL... Attended Kingdom Christian Academy in Columbus, Georgia in 2012-13... attended Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio before attending Kingdom Prep... At Kingdom, he was part of a program that won back-to-back NACA Division III National Championships, leading the Mighty Lions to the Bull City Classic Championship in Durham, NC in December of 2012... Payne was an Associated Press Division II All-Ohio selection his final season at Walsh and the All-Northeast Ohio Inland District Player of the Year. He averaged 24.5 points in the regular season and contributed four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks per game... Payne's most memorable basket in his final season in Ohio came when he launched an off-balance 3-pointer from just beyond mid-court with less than two seconds to go in overtime to defeat Buchtel 63-60 in a Division II district final. Payne grabbed a rebound, then dribbled to his right and proceeded up the court to his left when he shot the ball off the backboard and through the net to give him 18 points... he scored 16 points in Walsh's 63-51 loss to eventual state champion St. V-M in a regional semifinal... set the Walsh single-game record for scoring, twice reaching 37 points. His first 37-point game came against visiting Hoban in a 71-66 win on Jan. 22, 2010 and his second 37-point game came against visiting Cleveland St. Ignatius in a 65-58 win on Feb. 6, 2011.
PERSONAL... Kent Evan Payne was born on Aug., 6, 1993 in Akron, Ohio. He is the son of Ulonda and Kent Payne... He has one sister and one brother... an undeclared Liberal Arts major.