Lions finish three-game swing away from home to open season at Long Beach State on Thursday.
Men's basketball ended 2012-13 with a record run, jump starting them into the upcoming summer for 2013-14.
Men's basketball heads to WCC semifinals to face a No. 1 team for the sixth time in program history.
Lions advance to fourth straight quarterfinals and will face Santa Clara for record eighth time in WCC tournament.
Men's basketball grinds out a 61-60 overtime win over USF to advance to the WCC Championship quarterfinals for the fourth straight year.
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.
WCC Second Round Press Conference after LMU's 61-60 overtime win over San Francisco
KXLU 88.9 FM Broadcast from Las Vegas and 2013 WCC Championships of the Opening Round game between LMU and Portland
Inside the Lions Preview presented by Muscle Milk previews LMU taking on Portland with an interview with Godwin Okonji
Lions' All-Access highlights of LMU's 78-63 win.
Men's basketball through their community service project LMU Cares visits Parent Elementary.
The annual post-Madness scrimmages.
A full day of fun for the 2013 Alumni BBQ.
Student-Athlete reception prior to the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
March 2, 2013: Men's Basketball senior day, hall of fame game, NCAA 75th Anniversary
BRIEFLY... Godwin Okonji enters his fourth and final season as a Lion having played 96 games in his career, missing his first two games due to injury of his career as a junior due to an emergency Laparoscopic Appendectomy on the evening Dec. 12. He returned just 15 days after surgery.
RECORDS... CAREER... ranks ninth all-time heading into final season with a field goal percentage of 54.4 (168-309)... Ranks eighth with 88 career blocks, ranking ninth with 0.9 bpg... SEASON... finished junior season hitting 57.1 percent from field, ranked 13th at LMU... ranked 13th with 30 blocks as a sophomore in 2011-12... ranked 3rd all-time among freshman with 152 rebounds in 2010-11... finished 2010-11 season shooting 57.3 percent from the field, which ranks 12th all-time at LMU for a season... 38 blocks in 2010-11 ranks tied for sixth all-time for a single season... 1.2 blocks per game as a freshman is ranked ninth...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
IN 2011-12 SOPHOMORE... Ended season averaging 3.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.91 blocks per game... added 27 steals to his 30 blocks... finished season ranked seventh in the WCC in blocks (0.9 bpg), 18th in rebounding (4.6 rpg), and 14th in offensive rebounds (1.9 orpg)... played in 33 of the 34 games on the season, earning 31 starts... shooting 47.9 percent from the field... went for 14 points and seven rebounds in win at Idaho State (11/23/11) and then added 10 points and six rebounds against Northern Arizona the next game (11/26/11)... had four points, four blocks and nine rebounds in win at Pepperdine (1/12/12)... went for 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals, a block and an assists in the win at Portland (2/9/12)... had seven points, four rebounds in win over No. 16 Saint Mary's (2/15/12)... had seven rebounds against CS Fullerton (3/14/12) and also Utah State (3/21/12) in the CIT tournament... added four blocks in the three postseason games.
IN 2010-11 FRESHMAN... finished season playing in 31 of the 32 games, starting 24 as a true freshman... averaged 22.9 minutes per games and finished averaging 4.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest... finished ranked 15th in the WCC in rebounds, and third with 1.2 blocks per game (38 on the season)... started career with seven points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three steals and an assist against Morgan State (11/12/10). It was one of the best debuts for a freshman, earning a first-game record of nine rebounds, tied the record for steals and set the record for blocks... Had five points and 10 rebounds against La Sierra (11/14/10)... grabbed seven rebounds against Bradley (11/17/10), adding six points on 3-for-3 shooting in the process... made first career start against Dowling (11/20/10), going for eight points and six rebounds... played 37 minutes against Long Beach State (11/27/10), going for four points, three rebounds and three blocks in win... scored eight points, with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks in 35 minutes in win over Cal Poly (12/4/10)... went for 11 points, five rebounds, six blocks, an assist and a steal in win over Sacramento State (12/7/10). The six blocks was one shy of the school record set by Selvester Kainga on Dec. 2, 1998 against Cal State Fullerton... had four points, six rebounds, three assists and a block against Florida State (12/18/10)... had eight points, seven rebounds and an assist at South Dakota (12/22/10)... did not play against Gonzaga due to broken nose suffered against Portland (1/13/11)... had eight rebounds with three points and a pair of blocks against USF (1/27/11)... had four points, three rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 23 minutes at Saint Mary's (2/5/11). It was his ninth game with two or more blocks on the year... went for eight points and eight rebounds against Portland (2/12/11)... averaged 6.5 rebounds in trip to Bay Area to end regular season... added three blocks and three steals... had a career-best 11 rebounds in win over Portland (3/4/11) in WCC tournament...
PRIOR TO LMU... He is a native of Nigeria and graduated from Henderson International High School in Henderson, Nev., before moving cross town to play for Findlay Prep. He was a key player for a Findlay program that won a pair of ESPN Rise national crowns, including in 2009 when the team went unbeaten and finished No. 1 in several of the national polls. Okonji averaged 8.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in his last season and was part of a program that went 97-3 during his three years in Henderson. The 20-year-old chose LMU over Hawaii, Texas Tech, TCU, and New Mexico. "Godwin has the skill set and size to really make an impact in the West Coast Conference," said Good. "He gives us great size and added depth to our roster."
PERSONAL... Godwin Chukwuemeka Okonji was born in Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria, on June 7, 1990. He is the son of Joy and Stephen Okonji. He was a student ambassador in high school. He is an Urban Studies major.