Jan. 31, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Offensive woes continued for LMU men's basketball, as they shot just 25 percent while No. 7 Gonzaga hit 54 percent on their way to stay unbeaten in West Coast Conference play thanks to a 88-43 win on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion.
Gonzaga hit a season-high 13 three-pointers, five in the first half alone by Gary Bell, Jr., as they finished hitting a season-high 61.9 (13-for-21) percent from long distance and 54.5 percent from the field. The only blemish on the night for the Zags was 13-for-26 shooting from the fire throw line.
"They are one of the most balanced teams I have seen," said Head Coach Max Good. "So many guys can come out and hurt you. And when they are hitting from the outside like that, they are very dangerous. They really are one of the best teams in the nation I have seen."
Bell had all 15 of his points in the first half, while Kelly Olynyk added 15 in a balanced attack for the Zags (20-2, 7-0). Sam Dower and Drew Barham came off the bench for 13 each.
LMU (8-13, 1-7) was led by Anthony Ireland's 19 points as he hit 6-for-14 from the field, 5-for-10 from long range. The rest of the team with 8-for-32 as Ashley Hamilton and Ayodeji Egbeyemi had nine each. The Lions shot 25 percent, the lowest during their current five-game skid.
"We are not doing what we need to on offense to get the right shot," said Good. "We have no confidence right now offensively, and Gonzaga really exposed that."
Ireland cut the lead to 22-16 with 9:52 to play in the first half as the Lions started hitting four of their first eight three-point attempts. However, the Zags closed the half on a 24-2 run as the Lions got just one field goal the rest of the half.
The Lions then started the second half 2-for-10 from the field and the Zags pulled away.
LMU concludes their three-game home stand when they host San Diego on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p,m. The game will be on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and on KXLU 88.9 FM.
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