Hoops Can't Answer Fast Start, Waldow

Gabe Levin

Jan. 25, 2014

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MORAGA, Calif. -- LMU men's basketball couldn't overcome the fast start by Saint Mary's and couldn't solve the inside game of Brad Waldow as the Gaels earn a 89-61 win in West Coast Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

The Gaels (16-5, 6-2) hit 10 of their first 19 shots and built a 26-7 lead nine minutes into the game thanks in large part to Waldow, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the first frame.

Waldow, who had a double-double with10 rebounds, had help as the Gaels hit 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) from three, including a 4-for-5 effort from Jordan Giutsi, who finished with 15 points. Kerry Carter also had 15, hitting 2-for-3 from long range.

Senior Anthony Ireland, who had just six points through the first 32 minutes of the game, scored 11 straight points in a six minute stretch, to finish with 17. He added five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Freshman Gabe Levin also had 17 points and added six rebounds.

"We allowed them to hit early shots and couldn't hit anything, really, for most of the game," said Head Coach Max Good. "The old saying never fails, if you can't make shots, you aren't gone do very well."

A game after going for 60 second half points in the win over Pacific on Thursday, the Lions (11-11, 3-7) couldn't get any breaks in the opening half against the Gaels. Saint Mary's came out on fire, taking a 26-7 lead with 11:04 to play on Matt Hodgson's lay-in.

They started 10-for-19 from the field with Giutsi hitting 3-for-4 from long range. The lead would grow to as many as 21 in the first half as the Lions had nine of their 16 turnovers in the opening half after having just six the entire game Thursday.

LMU entered the locker room down 42-24, hitting just 31 percent from the floor, hitting their only three-point attempt. The Gaels hit 5-for-11 from three and finished the half hitting 16-for-34.

"We did such a good job of caring for the basketball on Thursday, but today we just turned the ball over way too much," said Good. "You can't do that against a good team on their home floor. And they made us pay."

The Lions would cut the lead to 11, 44-33 by starting the half on a 9-2 run, but they would get no closer.

LMU would finish hitting just 39.3 percent from the field while the Gales hit 50 percent. The Gaels also hit 23-for-26 (88.5 percent) from the free throw line. The Lions were 15-for-20 (75.0 percent).

LMU returns to Southern California and will conclude a stretch of seven out of nine games on the road when they face rival Pepperdine on Saturday, Feb. 1 in Malibu. Game time is set for 3 pm and will air on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Listen live on KXLU 88.9 FM.




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