Rebounds Give Lions Heartbreak
USF tip-in ices heartbreaker as Lions fall 70-67 to San Francisco.
Jan. 14, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU's 2009-10 season is shaping up to be on that is not for the faint of heart. The Lions found themselves in another tight one. However, this one was a heartbreaker as the Lions fell to San Francisco, 70-67, in West Coast Conference action at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night.
Sophomore Kwame Vaughn hit a jumper with 1:58 to play to cap a 6-0 run and give USF a 64-60 lead. He then hit four free throws down the stretch to keep the Lions at arms length. Larry Davis came off the bench to lead the Lions with 16 points.
USF finished the game 22-for-29 from the free throw line (75.9 percent) while the Lions went seven-for-seven. USF improves to 7-11 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Lions are 9-9 and 0-2 in the WCC.
Vernon Teel ended the late run by USF with a runner to cut the lead to 64-62 with 1:39 to play. Vaughn then hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead back to four, 66-62.
LMU wasn't quite done as Davis hit a three-pointer with 40.2 to play to make it 66-65. Teel would then steal the inbound but his runner was short and on the pile up for the rebound, USF earned the possession arrow on the jump ball.
Vaughn was fouled and hit both free throws to make it 68-65 with 15 seconds to play. USF then fouled Teel, who hit both free throws in the one-and-one situation to make it 68-67. The Lions then fouled Perris Blackwell, who missed both free throws.
However, Rashad Greed hit a tip-in to ice the win with 11 seconds to play. Ashley Hamilton's three-pointer was long off the back iron. The Dons finished with a 36-29 edge on the boards and held a 20-9 advantage in second chance points.
"Rebounding killed us tonight," said Head Coach Max Good. "Rebounding wins games, and we simply where little boys against men tonight. It is inexcusable. There isn't much else to say, we couldn't rebound the ball."
It was sluggish early as the Dons didn't hit their first field goal until four minutes into the contest and started the game 2-for-12. The Lions started 1-for-5 and five early fouls had USF go 7-for-8 from the stripe in the first eight minutes.
For the half, the game was tied six times and the lead changed hands six times. The Dons took a two point lead at the break, 32-30, despite shooting just 33.3 percent (10-for-30). The Lions shot 50 percent (11-for-22) but turned the ball over 12 times, leading to 14 USF points.
The second half started opposite the first as the team started a combined 15-for-26 from the field in the first eight minutes, 60 percent for the Lions (9-for-15) and 54.5 percent for the Dons (6-for-11).
After the Dons scored the opening bucket of the half to match their largest lead at four, 34-30, the Lions rattled off nine straight points to take a 39-34 lead, matching their largest lead of the game, with 17:17 to play.
Sophomore Jarred DuBois then hit a three-pointer to stretch the lead to six, 49-43, with 13:57 to play.
The teams cooled off and the Lions led 55-50 after a Teel layin with 10:40 to play. The Dons slowly worked back to within one 55-54 before Davis hit a long jumper to make it 57-54 with 7:48 to play.
USF then got back-to-back buckets by Moustapha Diarra, the second with 6:20 to play, to take a 58-57 lead. The eighth lead change of the game.
DuBois, who finished with 15 points, answered with another three, his third of the game, to give LMU the lead back at 60-58 at the 5:29 mark. USF would then score the six straight to set-up the final two minutes.
LMU finished the game shooting 46.3 percent while USF 40 percent. The Lions were without leading scorer and rebounder Drew Viney due to an injured right leg suffered against Pepperdine.
The Lions conclude the two-game homestand in WCC play when they host Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on FSN West and can also be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
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