Men's basketball continues four-game road trip when they head to Saint Mary's on Jan. 29.
Evan Payne grabbed a rebound and scored at the buzzer as Lions erased 17-point deficit to claim road win.
Men's basketball faces Santa Clara hoping to build on their latest home stand as Godwin Okonji talks to LMUSN.
Lions shoot just 28 percent from the field as they fall in first road game of the season.
In a game that featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes, men's basketball falls to Boise State in final game of LMU Classic.
LMU senior Godwin Okonji enters the week having played 114 games, ninth most in LMU history. And with that experience he has learned that a college basketball season is a journey and after last week's home stand, the Lions head on the road looking to take the next step in growth.
The start of the 2014-15 season for the LMU men's basketball program and the Mike Dunlap era begins with the 2014 LMU CLassic presented by the Office of International Students and Scholars. Seniors Godwin Okonji, Ayodeji Egbeyemi and Chase Flint sat down to talk about the new season, returning after injuries, hard work and team chemistry.
The smile says it all. Fifth-year Godwin Okonji loves his football. And take him to Europe, put him in a soccer stadium, and his face will light-up about as much as when he takes the court for the LMU men's basketball team. The Nigerian talked to LMU Sports Network while visiting one of the most famous soccer venues in the world.
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.
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.
West Coast Conference action from McKeon Pavilion
West Coast Conference game at War Memorial Gymnasium in San Francisco
West Coast Conference action from Leavey Center in Santa Clara
Homecoming Game from Gersten Pavilion
First game of 2015 Homecoming Week at Gersten Pavilion
BRIEFLY...Godwin Okonji served a medical redshirt in 2013-14 and enters his fifth and final season as a Lion having played 96 games in his career...
RECORDS... CAREER... ranks ninth all-time heading into final season with a field goal percentage of 54.4 (168-of-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 2012-13 JUNIOR... Played in 32 of the Lions' 34 games, earning 16 starts while averaging 21.2 minutes per contest... an emergency Laparoscopic Appendectomy on the evening of Dec. 12 caused him to miss the two games... he returned against Morgan State on Dec. 27, just 15 days after surgery... It was a tough season for Okonji, whose father passed away in Africa at the start of the season in November... Okonji has been a defensive center piece for the Lions, adding 20 blocks to his resume, including three against BYU... finished averaging 4.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.63 blocks per game... was ranked 14th in the WCC in blocks per game...
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 assist in the win at Portland (2/9/12)... had seven rebounds against CS Fullerton (3/14/12) and also Utah State (3/21/12) in the CIT tournament.
IN 2010-11 FRESHMAN... finished season playing in 31 of the 32 games, starting 24 as a true freshman... averaged 22.9 minutes per game 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... made first career start against Dowling (11/20/10), going for eight points and six rebounds... 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 Sylvester Kainga on Dec. 2, 1998 against Cal State Fullerton... 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.
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.