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.
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.
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
LMU men's basketball will head to the Pacific Northwest for their final regular season road trip of 2014, starting with the University of Portland on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm. The Pilots (13-11, 5-7) have not played since Wednesday, Feb. 5 where they fell to Gonzaga in Spokane, while the Lions (11-14, 3-10) are coming off the homestand last weekend. The game can be seen on TheW.tv and heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
LMU's two-game road swing through the Bay Area continues when they head to Moraga, Calif., to face Saint Mary's on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 pm. The Lions are coming off a 60-point second half in the 92-81 win over Pacific on Thursday, while the Gaels improved to 12-1 at home with an 80-74 win over Pepperdine. Game time is set for 3 pm
Like the rest of the 10-team West Coast Conference, the first week of play is a grueling one, with most teams playing four games in eight days. The Lions will play game three of that stretch when they travel to San Francisco to face the Dons on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 pm. T
Senior Day, final home games for Anthony Ireland and Alex Osborne on Mar. 1, 2014.
West Coast Conference action from McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane.
West Coast Conference game at Moraga
Men's basketball's first trip to Pacific in WCC play.
LMU vs. La Sierra in third annual LMU Holiday Classic
LMU Head Coach Max Good, who officially took over the program as the 25th coach in school history on Jan. 12, 2009, continues to put the Lions in new levels of success.
In Good's fifth season, the Lions advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Championships thanks to three straight wins in three days. The Lions join Saint Mary's and Gonzaga as the only program to advance to the quarterfinals and beyond in each of the last four seasons.
The run in the 2013 WCC Championships was at the heels of Good's fourth season where LMU finished the 2011-12 campaign at 21-13 overall and 11-5 (4th) in the WCC. Many of the Lions' marks in LMU's Centennial Season go back to the 1989-90 Elite Team, including its first 20-win season, the most conference wins, first postseason win, first team to earn consecutive postseason wins, most home wins (12), and best road record (9-4). In addition, the 21 wins is the fourth most in school history and the Lions' 11 conference wins is tied with the 1967-68 team for the third most. The Lions went on to win a pair of games in the CIT Postseason Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals, the first postseason wins since that Elite Eight team.
In addition, the Lions have found success in the big games with Good at the helm. The Lions are 4-5 against ranked opponents the last three seasons under Good, including a 3-2 mark in 2011-12. The three wins in one season against ranked opponents is second only to the 1989-90 team in program history. Good has led the Lions to a pair of wins (#9 Gonzaga, #23 Saint Louis) over ranked teams at home, the first coach to do so since Coach Donovan in 1961.
The success in the 2011-12 season earned Good the WCC Coach of the Year, the Lions' first since 1995-96. Entering 2013-14, Good is 64-98 and has a career head coaching record of 306-321 (21 seasons).
In his five seasons at LMU, the Lions have had at least two members of the All-WCC selections four of the five seasons, its first NABC All-District and Jesuit All-American (Anthony Ireland), five 1,000-point scorers (Drew Viney, Jarred DuBois, Vernon Teel, Anthony Ireland, Ashley Hamilton), and just the 13th and 14th players to go for 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career (Viney, Hamilton). And for Good, the biggest achievement for the Lions in his five years, graduating all 17 seniors who have completed their eligibility.
Good is no stranger to running a program. The 2013-14 season will be Good's 22nd as a head coach at the NCAA level, coaching eight seasons at Bryant College (2001-08) prior to joining LMU. He also coached at UNLV for one season (2000-01) and eight seasons at Eastern Kentucky University (1981-89). In addition, his impact hasn't been just at the college level as he was the head coach at the New England prep school Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, for 10 seasons (1990-00).
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Good coached 28 of the Lions' 31 games in the 2008-09 season, filling in for former Head Coach Bill Bayno, who served a leave of absence before resigning due to health issues. In Good's second season the team posted its second best turn-around in school history with 15 more wins than the year prior (which was also the second-best turn-around in the nation in 2009-10), defeated their first ranked opponent (#9 Gonzaga) since 1990, posted the program's first ranked-win at Gersten Pavilion, defeated a top-10 team for the second time in school history (the last being in 1960), and had three players earn postseason All-WCC honors, just the 10th time since 1956 three or more Lions have claimed WCC honors (Viney, Teel and Hamilton).
His third season at LMU saw the Lions deal with more injury issues and a juggling line-up as freshman Anthony Ireland was the only player to not miss a game on the season. However, the Lions managed to advance in the WCC Championships for the second straight year and had three players on the All-WCC team for the second consecutive season. That is the first time that has happened since 1989-90.
Prior to joining the Lions as an assistant, Good led Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) to new levels of success, posting a record of 132-86 in eight seasons. Good was named head coach in 2001 and inherited a program that had four straight losing seasons. The 2003-04 season saw Good lead the Bulldogs to a new level. They set a school-record with 23 wins, earning the school's first NCAA tournament berth in 24 years. They not only qualified, but advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. After a tough loss in the regional finals in just his third season, year four may go down as one of the best in Bryant's history, leading them to a 25-9 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Division II Championship, falling to Virginia Union in the title game, 63-58.
Good came to Bryant after spending the 2000-01 season as the head coach of UNLV. He went on to post a record of 13-9 in his one season with the Runnin' Rebels. He joined the UNLV staff in 1999-00 as an assistant.
Prior to joining the UNLV staff, he spent 10 seasons (1989-99) as the head coach at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine. He compiled an impressive 275-30 (.902) record that included five New England Prep School Athletic Conference Championships. The NEPSAC is considered the top sub-college league in the country.
During his tenure, Good's teams enjoyed three undefeated seasons (26-0 in 1989-90; 24-0 in 1990-91; 35-0 in 1997-98). From 1989-92, Maine Central Institute compiled 79 straight victories and the 1991-92 squad was 29-1.
His extensive coaching background includes five seasons as the assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond (1976-81). He then was named the head coach and spent eight seasons at Eastern Kentucky from 1981-89. He compiled an overall record of 96-129 (.427) at EKU. He enjoyed his best season in 1986-87 with a 19-11 record as he was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. The next season his squad was 18-11.
Before arriving at Eastern Kentucky, he spent six seasons at Richmond Madison High School in Richmond, Ky. He served three seasons (1970-73) as the JV head coach and three seasons (1973-76) as the head coach.
Good graduated from EKU in 1969 and received a master's degree from his alma mater in 1970. He was introduced into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in Kingston, RI, for his time as coach at MCI in 2004 and was named the 2005 Words Unlimited Coach of the Year and Rhode Island Basketball Media Coach of the Year in 2008.