Jan. 23, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - LMU men's basketball earned their fifth straight win on the road in West Coast Conference action, defeating Santa Clara 74-62 at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday night.
The Lions improve to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in the WCC, all five wins coming on the road. Santa Clara falls to 8-11, 0-6 in the conference.
Anthony Ireland led the Lions with 25 points and five assists while Drew Viney added 16 and LaRon Armstead with 11. Alex Osborne continues to dominate the boards, going for nine with five points off the bench. Evan Roquemore had 17 to lead Santa Clara.
"I thought this was one of those game we were going to have to dig deep and find a way to get a win," said Head Coach Max Good. "We did a good job defensively and forced them to work for each possession down the stretch."
The Lions finished the game shooting 51 percent, including a 42 percent clip from long range. They held Santa Clara to 35.7 percent shooting, just 24 percent in the second half.
The Lions used early half pushes to open the game and to open the second half to keep the Broncos at arms length. "I was happy with our intensity to start both the first and second half," said Good. "We did a good job getting out in front."
After Santa Clara scored the first bucket of the game, the Lions scored the next seven, including a jumper by Ireland. Then up 7-4, the Lions would score seven more unanswered to take a 14-4 lead on a jumper by Viney.
The lead would grow to 24-12 on a three-pointer by Armstead and then peak to 13, 25-12, after an Osborne free throw.
Santa Clara would go on a 17-7 run to cut the lead to just a pair, 31-29, with 3:56 to play in the half on a jumper by Brandon Clark. LMU would run the lead back to eight late in the first half before taking a 41-35 lead into the lockerroom.
Ireland would then lead another big push to start the second half has he scored eight points in the first three minutes as the Lions pushed the lead to 13, 52-39, just four and a half minutes into the second stanza. The lead would grow to 15, 62-47, on a lay-in by Hamilton with 7:20 to play.
The Broncos would not go away as Roquemore hit two free throws on a foul that was called an intentional foul and #31 hit on his third attempt after two blocks by Viney to make it 66-60 with 2:24 to play.
Both teams would go empty on back-to-back trips down the floor, before Ireland was sent to the free throw with 52 seconds where he hit both on the one-and-one opportunity to make it 68-60. He would do it again with 44 seconds left, making it 70-60.
The Lions would end up going 8-for-8 in the final minute from the free throw line to ice it, including a pair by Jarred DuBois, giving him nine points in the game and 1,000 in his career.
The Lions now head home to play four straight, starting with No. 23 Saint Mary's on Thrusday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. The game will be on KXLU 88.9 FM and broadcast on LMULions.com.
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