Second Half Runnin' Gets Lions A Win
Men's basketball earns a 68-65 win over San Diego in WCC action Thursday.
Jan. 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU men's basketball went back to its aggressive ways in the second half and it helped them overcome two deficits to earn a 68-65 win over San Diego at Gersten Pavilion in West Coast Conference action on Thursday night.
Freshman Given Kalipinde scored a career-high 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the three-point line and sophomore Kevin Young added a season-best 21 points as the Lions overcame second-half deficits of 11 and seven points. Vernon Teel added 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his second straight game playing 40 minutes.
San Diego's Chris Manresa scored a career-high 15 points to lead three Toreros in double-digits. LMU improves to 11-11 on the season and 2-4 in WCC play, while San Diego falls to 8-14 and 1-5.
"I thought in the second half we were much more aggressive," said Head Coach Max Good. "In the first half it was like we were sitting back and saving our energy because we had some players hurt. We just can't play that way. In the second half we stopped walking the ball up the court and running set plays and back to our motion offense."
The aggressive play resulted in the Lions shooting 60 percent in the second half (12-for-20) and putting up 42 points. The Lions finished the game shooting 48.9 percent (22-for-45). USD, who shot 50 percent in the first half (11-for-22), finished at 43.4 percent after LMU held them to 38.7 percent in the second.
A lot of that defense was on the perimeter. USD hit six-of-nine three-pointers in the first half but went just 2-for-12 in the second half.
Despite the poor shooting, USD took their largest lead of the game on a three-pointer by De'Jon Jackson just under four minutes into the second half, 40-29.
However, LMU went on a 12-2 run to the cut the lead to one, and then took their first lead of the game on Kalipinde's fourth three-pointer, 46-45, with 11:55 to play.
The Toreros would regain the lead and go up seven, 60-53, with 6:01 to play.
Then the Lions' defense stepped in down the stretch to help them go on another run, this one 11-0 over 3:19 to take a 64-60 lead on an alley-oop dunk by Young with 2:25 to play. In the run the Lions held the Toreros to four straight possessions of one shot late in the shot clock.
"We had some great defensive stops in the second half," said Good. "The real unsung hero late was Alex Osborne. He didn't have many stats, but his help defense in our man-to-man was fantastic. He really came out and helped our guards catch-up and that keyed our run."
The Lions would get their lead to five, 67-62, after a Teel free-throw with 34 seconds to play.
USD wasn't finished, as Jackson hit the Toreros second three-pointer of the half to cut the lead to 67-65 with 26 seconds to play. USD then stole the ball on the inbound with 18 seconds left. After a timeout with 13.5 to play, Jackson's three-pointer was long and Viney grabbed the rebound with 2.3 seconds on the clock. He hit one free throw and USD could only get off a shot beyond half court.
San Diego led 33-26 at the break.
The lead was pushed by early three-point shooting. The Toreros went 6-for-9 from long distance in the opening half, going 3-for-3 from a pair of players who entered the game just 0-for-7 for the season. Cameron Miles hit both of his three-pointers in the first half after going 0-for-5 for the season and just 2-for-15 from the field in 11 games.
USD led by as many as 10, 21-11 after Miles hit back to back three-pointers, the last coming with 9:24 to play.
LMU would then go on a 13-4 run, ending in a Kalipinde three-pointer, to cut the lead to 25-24 with 2:44 to play. USD, however, scored the next eight points before Viney would end the half with his only bucket for the seven-point margin at the break.
The Lions continue their homestand when they host Saint Mary's for Homecoming on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. LMU will honor the 1989-90 men's basketball team at halftime as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration for the team that advanced to the Elite Eight. The game will be live on FSN West.