LMU men's basketball begins a stretch of four out of the next five on the road, starting with the program's second trip to Missouri.
Brandon Worthy enters his fifth and final year at Loyola Marymount University. A two-time All-WCC performer, Worthy will be a candidate for Player of the Year in the West Coast Conference in 2006-07. Graduated with his undergraduate degree in Philisophy in May and earning second degree this year.
2005-06 Season Notes at LMU:
Worthy earned first-team All-WCC in 2006-07 as he ranked ninth in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game. He led the Lions in scoring in both of the WCC tournament games, scoring 19 against Saint Mary's (3-5-06) and 15 against Gonzaga (3-6-06) on his way to All-Tournament honors. On the season he also ranked third in assists (4.33), third in steals (1.77), fifth in free throw percentage (.822) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.59). In conference play, he averaged 17.1 points per game, ranking eighth. His 5.07 assists per WCC contest led the league while ranking seventh in steals with 1.64 per contest. The fourth-year junior from San Jose scored his 1,000th career point in the win over Saint Mary's, becoming the 27th player in LMU history to join the 1,000-point club. In his career he now has 1,015 points (12.7 per game), 280 rebounds (3.5 rpg), 272 assists (3.40 apg), and 134 steals (1.68 spg). In LMU history, he ranks 26th all-time in scoring and eighth all-time in steals. His 162 free throws made this season was second most in the WCC in 2006 and is ranked ninth all-time for a single season in LMU history, just three behind Mike Yoest in 1987 and replaces the 149 he had as a freshman in 2003. His 376 in his career is fifth all-time at LMU. This season he has a career-best eight games with 20 or more points, setting a career high with 32 points against Saint Mary's (1-23-06). He added 27 more against the Gaels in the second meeting (2-27-06) and 19 in the WCC Semifinals to give him 78 points in three games against SMC. Also this season he posted a 23-point effort in the home win over Pepperdine (2-11-06), going 15-for-21 from the free throw line. The 21 attempts are the second most in LMU history. He had nine games this season where he was perfect from the charity stripe, hitting 8-for-8 in the final regular season game against the Gaels (2-27-06). He also set a career-high with nine assists at San Diego (2-6-06). In league play he scored double digits in 11 of the 14 game, earning six of his eight 20-point games in that stetch. He added five or more assists in eight of those games, going nearly 2-to-1 on assists to turnovers in the WCC. Against conference foes, he went 67-for-156 from the field, hitting 11-for-33 from the three-point line. He finished the season hitting a three-pointer in each of the last six games, including a 4-for-5 effort in the WCC tournament. To go with his points in the tournament, he put together impressive numbers. In the win over Saint Mary's he went 7-for-16 from the field, 2-for-3 from long range with four rebounds and three steals. Against Gonzaga his line read like this: 15 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.
2004-05 Season Notes at LMU:
Played another abbreviated season thanks to knee suregery on Dec. 29 following the Virginia game. He still finished the season second on the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game and was ranked 20th in the WCC. He also finished third on the team in steals with 38, and ranked second in the WCC with an average of two per game. On the season he finished 12-for-27 from the three-point line, good for third all-time in LMU history for a single season while ranking seventh in the WCC in shooting at 51.0 percent. His 3.74 assists per game ranked fifth. He also placed second on the team in free throws (65) and attempts (86). After taking a season off due to injury, he played a team-high 30 minutes in first game in over a year in win over Monmouth (11/20/04). He finished with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals. The following game, a win over Northern Colorado (11-24-04), he had first double-digit game since March 1, 2003 11 points in just 20 minutes. He then broke out with the best game of his young career at the time against UC Riverside (11-27-04), playing 29 minutes, with 26 points, eight assists and five steals. He also had five rebounds and hit 9-for-9 from the free throw line while establishing a career-mark going 3-for-4 from three-point line. He continued to be a difference maker for the Lions as he went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 15 points in win over Denver (12-1-04), adding four assists, three steals and five rebounds. In the win over Long Beach State (12-4-04) he went 10-for-12 from the free throw line, scoring all 10 points from the line, leading the team with five assists. In showdown with No. 16 Washington (12-12-04) he went 7-for-11 from the field and led team with 18 points, 10 in the final five minutes. He added seven assists and two steals. Suffered knee strain against Virginia (12-23-04) and did not return until he missed nine games. Made his return and played 22 minutes off the bench in win over Pepperdine (1-29-05). Worthy had best game since returning from injury, hitting 8-for-9 from the field for 19 points, including 3-for-3 from three against San Diego (2-3-05). Against Saint Mary's (2-17-05) he scored 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting with three assists, four rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes. The following week at Pepperdine (2-26-05) he scored 16 points with six assists and five rebounds with two steals with no turnovers.
2003-04 Season Notes at LMU:
Suffered a broken bone in his right hand in the final exhbition game and did not play in the regular season for the Lions... granted a medical redshirt year at the conclusion of the season... was named team captain in the fall and prior to season-ending injury remained a team leader throughout the season.... leadership off the court crucial to Lions' winning season.
2002-03 Season Notes at LMU:
Worthy had a record first season of collegiate basketball for the Lions, averaging 11.0 points per game, which ranked him fourth all-time as a freshman in LMU history. His 342 points also ranked fourth all-time as a freshman, earning him West Coast Conference Honorable Mention honors. Worthy was also second on the squad with 43 steals, third with 71 assists and fourth with 99 rebounds. He capped the season fourth in the WCC in free throw percentage, hitting on 149-of-181 from the charity stripe (82.3 percent), ranking 10th all-time in LMU history, replacing Ed Bento (1962), in free throws made. In his collegiate opener against Loyola Chicago (11-22-02), he set the freshman record for points in a debut with 24 while adding a team-high six rebounds. He was 10-for-11 from the free throw line. At the Great Alaska Shootout against Montana (11-29-02) he finished with eight points, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line, hitting four straight in the final minute to secure the win. He began his freshman season hitting 26-for-29 free throws (.897) through four game. He continue his hot shooting from charity stripe against UC Irvine (12-4-03), going 9-of-10 from the free throw line and 3-of-4 from field for team-high 15 points. At home against Long Beach State (12-14-02) he finished with 14 points in 11 minutes off the bench, hitting 8-of-9 from free throw line while adding two steals and two rebounds. The game against Cal State Northridge (12-19-02) marked his first start of career, scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting. In the win over Portland (2-6-03) he played a team-high 30 minutes off the bench to score 14 points, hitting 10-of-10 from the free throw line while adding seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. In the upset over Gonzaga he played 19 minutes and finished with eight points off the bench, hitting 6-of-6 free throws, including two in the final seconds to clinch win. At Santa Clara (2-13-03) he had a game-high 19 points in 23 minutes, going 9-for-11 from charity stripe while playing with the flu.
As a freshman at Archbishop Mitty High School he averaged 19.5 points earning CIF Central Section Freshman of the Year honors... also earned California Freshman of the Year by Cal High Sports and Freshman All-American by SchoolSports.com... sophomore campaign he scored 21.5 points, eight rebounds, 4.5 assists and three steals while leading his team to the CIF Central Section Championship ... named the CIF Central Section Sophomore of the Year... both seasons at Mitty he was named first-team all-league... graduated from Mount Pleasant in May and finished his senior season averaging almost 28 points per game... was ranked among the top 120 players nationally by SchoolSports.com... was voted co-league MVP, a first-team CIF Central Coast Section selection, and a player of the year candidate... played his senior season for coach Robert Lopez.
Brandon Marcel Worthy was born April 12, 1984 in San Jose, CA... he is the son of Steve and Loretta Worthy... has three brothers (Terrell, Brian, Terrence) and two sisters (Brittaney, Nikkia)... volunteered time as a coach with National Junior Basketball in San Jose, CA... decided to attend LMU because felt good about the direction of the coaching staff... earned his Philosophy major in May of 2006.
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