Offensive, Firestone Fieldhouse Struggles Continue
Men's basketball continued their struggles in Malibu and from the field as the fall to their rival Saturday.
Jan. 26, 2008
Malibu, CA - Firestone Fieldhouse has not been kind to the Loyola Marymount men's basketball team the last decade and with their current offensive slump it was more of the same as the Lions fell to Pepperdine 87-64 in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday night. Freshman Orlando Johnson continue his march to freshman records with his third double-double, going for 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The freshman from Seaside, Calif., continues to move up the standings for scoring and rebounds, as his 272 points and 115 rebounds ranks seventh and sixth for freshman at LMU.
However, Johnson's effort along with two other Lions combined fort 44 points, while the rest of the line-up managed just 20. LMU drops their 10th straight in Malibu. The Waves finished the game shooting 55.9 percent, including a 66.7 percent clip in the second half to pull away. The Lions fall to 4-17 on the season and 1-4 in the West Coast Conference while Pepperdine improves to 7-14 and 1-4.
Johnson along with sophomore Shawn Deadwiler scored 17 points each. Johnson went 7-for-17 from the field while Deadwiler went 4-9. Senior Jon Ziri added 10 points. Freshman Brad Sweezy was the next highest at six points as the Lions shot just 37.3 percent from the field.
Turnovers continue to plague the Lions' offensive efforts as they committed 19, leading to 26 points for the Waves. Five Waves scored in double figures, including Malcolm Thomas with a game-high 18.
LMU took an early lead thanks to five straight points from Tim Diederichs, but he picked up his second foul just five minutes in and finished with just the five points after only playing 15 minutes due to four fouls.
The Lions conclude the three-game road trip and return home to face San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:05 p.m. The game will be live on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.