LMU Sports Network followed Marin Mornar to one of his classes as the junior juggles life on the court and as an Engineering major.
Men's basketball does it again on the road, erasing an 11-point deficit to claim a 76-71 overtime win at Pacific.
Men's basketball continues four-game road trip when they head to Saint Mary's on Jan. 29.
Lions hit 51 percent from field and hold Portland to 39.4 percent for 80-68 win.
Junior Marin Mornar talks to LMU Sports Network about his junior season as the Lions head into showdown with UC Riverside.
Junior Marin Mornar has found success for the LMU men's basketball team as they continue to navigate the tough road of West Coast Conference play. That success, however, isn't just on the court. Thanks to a supporting cast throughout campus, the native of Zagreb, Croatia navigates the rigors of his Civil Engineering major.
Exactly one week from doing it at San Francisco, the LMU men's basketball team erased another double-digit road deficit, this time overcoming an 11-point margin at Pacific with nine minutes to play to force overtime. Once in the extra frame, the Lions were perfect from the field to claim a 76-71 win over the Tigers in West Coast Conference action in Stockton, Calif., Saturday afternoon.
LMU continues its three-game homestand to open West Coast Conference play with a New Year's Day battle against Pacific at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions (4-9, 0-1) dropped its opener on Monday to Pepperdine, while Pacific (8-6, 0-2) was swept at home by Santa Clara and San Francisco. Game time is set for 1 pm and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and seen on TheW.tv.
It started the minute Head Coach Mike Dunlap arrived on campus in March. A commitment to becoming better each and every day, on and off the floor. And for junior Marin Mornar he can see and feel the change and his excited for what the future holds for he and his teammates.
The international flavor of LMU's roster includes Australia (Joshua Spiers, David Humphries), Slovakia (Simon Krajcovic), Czech Republic (Petr Herman), Zambia (Patson Siame), Nigeria (Godwin Okonji, Ayodeji Egbeyemi) and Croatia (Marin Mornar). The LMU Sports Network took a look at the vast differences of the Lions' roster through language.
West Coast Conference season finale from Malibu.
Senior Day 2015 at Gersten Pavilion
West Coast Conference action from Gersten Pavilion on Feb. 19, 2015
West Coast Conference action at Chiles Center in Portland, Ore.
Family Weekend game from Gersten Pavilion
BRIEFLY...Marin Mornar is in his third season of collegiate basketball at LMU in 2014-15... a native of Zagreb, Croatia and spent one year at Consortium College Prep in Detroit, Mich., before coming to LMU...
RECORDS AT LMU... CAREER... 46 blocks entering 2014-15 is ranked 23rd... SEASON... 36 blocks in 2013-14 is ranked tied for 10th...
HIGHLIGHTS AT LMU...
IN 2012-13 FRESHMAN... averaged 8.8 minutes per game as a true freshman, averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds on the season... added 10 blocks, six steals while hitting 5-for-11 from the three-point line... had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in career debut against Pacifica (11/9/12)... it was the first double-double by a freshman making his debut in school history...
HIGH SCHOOL... graduated from Consortium College Prep in Detroit, Mich., in June of 2012... he attended Tehnicka Shola Ruder Boshevic in Zagreb, Croatia before relocating to Detroit to pursue dream of playing NCAA Division I basketball... was a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society at Consortium... helped Consortium to the Michigan Class C State Championships, advancing to the regional finals where they fell to eventual state champion Beecher. The Cougars finished the season 19-4... he averaged 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.6 blocks.
PERSONAL... Marin Mornar was born on March 26, 1993 in Zagreb, Croatia and is the son of Nives and Vedran Mornar... has a sister... a Civil Engineering major.