Lions shoot 52 percent and out-rebound SE Missouri State by 13 to earn season-opening win.
In 2013, Matt Hayes led his high school to a state title. In 2014, he led Santa Rosa JC to a state title. Now he is with the Lions, wrapping his first overseas trip with his new family.
At just under seven-feet Patson Siame looms large no matter the country.
From two different countries, Spain made them teammates for the first time, now both find themselves back in Spain with the Lions.
Two months ago, Joshua Spiers had left his home country of Australia. Since, it has been a whirlwind, including day five in Spain.
It has been quite the couple of years on the move for sophomore Matt Hayes. In 2013, he helped Pleasant Gove to a state championship. A year ago, he led Santa Rosa Junior College to its first state title. Now he wraps up a whirlwind summer transitioning to LMU and taking his first overseas trip.
Showing its reach across the globe, LMU continued its tour while sending back some well wishes as they spent their final day in Madrid before flying to Barcelona on Sunday morning. The Lions had a full pre game practice, followed by the coaches participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. They then took on the Angola National Team, who is participating in the upcoming FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Playing together for the first time, the Lions overcame two double-digit deficits, different rules within the international game, differences in how officials call games, a gym with no air conditioning, foul trouble and playing 5,000 miles from home to earn a 90-85 victory in overtime.
LMU Holiday Classic at Gersten Pavilion
Final game of 2014 LMU Classic at Gersten Pavilion to start 2014-15 season.
LMU Men's Basketball season opener, first game under Head Coach Mike Dunlap
Head Coach Mike Dunlap's return to LMU in an exhibition game at Gersten Pavilion.
Day 10 for LMU men's basketball in Barcelona Spain, a 97-52 win for the Lions over mixed Barcelona team.
BRIEFLY... Matt Hayes enters his first season at LMU after playing one season at Santa Rosa Junior College and transferring to the Lions following the 2013-14 season... From Coach Dunlap: "Matt has had success in leading his teams, winning state titles both in high school and in junior college," said Dunlap. "He has shown great range in both high school and last season at Santa Rosa. We are very excited to have Matt join our program. He is another important piece to our puzzle."
BEFORE LMU... Hayes graduated Pleasant Grove High School in 2013, played one season for the Santa Rosa Bear Cubs, leading them to the CCCAA State Championship, the first in program history. In the title game, a 73-67 victory over San Bernardino Valley, Hayes had 11 points, five assists and was perfect from the line. He would go on to earn All-Tournament Team honors... Hayes would earn First-Team All-State honors and First-Team Big 8 Conference All-League after ranking 43rd in the state in scoring at 16.2 points per game. He finished hitting 43.6 percent from three, making 3.0 per contest. He went 40-for-92 from long distance, ranking sixth in the state in three-pointers. He also was among the leaders at the charity stripe, hitting 84.2 percent (ranked 35th)... Winning state titles is not new to Hayes, he helped Pleasant Grove to the CIF Division I State Championship in 2013, defeating Santa Monica, 73-57. In the championship game, Hayes led the team with 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. During the regional and state playoffs, he averaged 16.2 points per game... For his senior season, he averaged 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game, earning all-conference and All-CIF honors.
PERSONAL... Matt Hayes was born in Elk Grove, Calif., on May 24, 1995... He is the son of Sharon Randall-Hayes and Keith Hayes... has a younger sister... He is an undeclared Liberal Arts major.