Big Lead, Team Effort Leads to WCC Win
Men's basketball hits first eight shots to take big lead as five players score double digits in 81-70 win over Santa Clara.
Jan. 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With its best opening stretch of the season, LMU hit its first eight shots, built a lead as large as 21 in the first half and used a balanced attack to defeat Santa Clara, 81-70, in West Coast Conference action on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion.
"I thought we came out and played our best stretch of the season in getting a big lead," said Head Coach Max Good. "We went through a stretch where we just weren't converting shots and they were able to get the lead to three. I hate to say this, but we switched to the zone and that really helped us get stops down the stretch."
Sophomore Jarred DuBois led five players in double figures with 17 points as the Lions improve to 10-9 on the season and 1-2 in the WCC. The Lions led from wire-to-wire as Santa Clara falls to 8-13 overall and 0-4 in WCC play.
Ashley Hamilton had his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Vernon Teel came off the bench for his third double-double, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds. Kevin Young added 12 points and eight rebounds while Larry Davis had 11.
Marc Trasolini led four Broncos in double figures with 17 points. Michael Santos added 14, Robert Smith 12 and Ben Dowdell 10.
The Lions jumped out to a 10-0 lead and went on to hit their first eight shots of the game to build a 16-2 lead. They started 9-for-10 from the field in building a 24-4 lead after DuBois hit one of his three long balls.
Give Kalipinde would then stretch the lead to 21 points with 11:50 to play in the first half. LMU finished the first half hitting 61.5 percent from the floor and led 45-32 at the break.
"We worked all week on moving the ball around and getting the open shot," said Good. "In the first eight minutes or so we did a very good job of that and were able to get out to the fast start."
Santa Clara made it interesting, holding the Lions without a field goal for over seven minutes in cutting the lead to three, 56-53, with 10:03 to play on a lay-up from Niyi Harrison.
Hamilton finally got the Lions back on track with a lay-in at the 8:59 mark of the second half to take a five-point lead, 58-53. DuBois would then come back from the lockerroom after taking a shot to the nose and hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 61-53 with 8:18 to play.
Harrison would put in a dunk to cut the lead to six, 61-55, with 7:25 to play.
From there the Lions went to that zone and held the Broncos 0-for-11 from the field and without a field goal until a lay-up by Trasolini with 2:40 to play. In that span, the Lions stretched the lead to 11, 68-57.
LMU went 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to ice it. They finished 26-for-37 from the charity stripe for the game (70.3 percent). The Lions finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field to 41 percent for Santa Clara.
The Lions head to the Pacific Northwest to take on Portland on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., and then face Gonzaga on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.