Role Reversal in San Diego
Free throw edge for Toreros hands Lions setback as road swing continues.
Jan. 9, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In a game that mirrored their meeting from just 10 days earlier, LMU couldn't hold a halftime lead and saw San Diego use 23-11 edge in free throws to claim a 74-67 win on Thursday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Lions (10-7, 2-3), who erased a halftime deficit to win the first meeting just 10 days earlier, saw the Toreros (10-7, 1-3)use the free throw line to do it in meeting number two to earn the split.
San Diego finished the game hitting 23-for-29 from the charity stripe, going 20-for-22 in the second half. The Lions hit 11-for-15 on the night. Free throws weren't the only effect of the fouls as Anthony Ireland fouled out for just the third time in his career. Ireland started his record 110th game on the night.
"Defensively we were very solid in the first half and really controlled their offense," said Head Coach Max Good. "If you told me they would only attempt three three-pointers, I would have thought we would have seen a better result. But they got to the line and it hurt us."
LMU finished shooting 48.1 percent from the field (25-for-52) while San Diego was 24-for-54. LMU hit 6-for-15 from three after going 0-for-7 in their last game. San Diego was 3-for-3 from long distance and out rebounded the Lions 37-23.
"Defensively we lacked just enough in the second half and it really hurt us on the rebounds," said Good. "We have been pretty good at that most the season, it killed us tonight."
The Lions led 28-25 at the break and were called for just six fouls in the first 20 minutes. San Diego then played the aggressor and earned four fouls, three on Ireland, in the first four minutes of the second half. Ireland's third was considered a flagrant and the Toreros hit both free throws and scored on the next possession to take a 38-33 lead with 15:10 on the clock.
They were a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe in that stretch and they would never trail again.
LMU continues their four-game road swing when they travel to BYU on Saturday, Jan. 11 for a 6 pm (PT) tip-off.