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Ireland's 2,000 Can't Overcome Wave Run

Anthony Ireland scored 24 points, giving him 2,009 in his career.
Anthony Ireland scored 24 points, giving him 2,009 in his career.

Feb. 1, 2014

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MALIBU, Calif. -- In a game that defines a rivalry, the 159th match-up between LMU and Pepperdine had 12 lead changes, 12 ties, a historical moment and a late run by Pepperdine, which was the difference, giving them an 80-69 win in West Coast Conference action Saturday afternoon at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Senior Anthony Ireland would lead all scorers with 24 points, and with 15 in the first half he became the fifth Lion in school history to reach 2,000 points in his career. He finishes the game with 2,009, just one shy of Bo Kimble for fourth all-time in LMU history.

Freshman Gabe Levin added 16 points and eight rebounds while fellow freshman Evan Payne had 13 for the Lions (11-12, 3-8).

For the Waves (13-10, 6-5), they featured a balanced attack five players in double figures, including Malcolm Brooks with 16 and Jett Raines with 15.

"Down the stretch we just couldn't hit our shots," said Head Coach Max Good. "We had the momentum but you have to give them credit, they delivered down the stretch."

Down the stretch, the Waves outscored LMU 16-3 in the final seven minutes of the game, including a 9-0 run in the final 2:52 to pull away in a back-and-forth affair. The Lions took a 66-64 lead with 7:02 to play on a Payne lay-in, but they would get just one more field goal the rest of the way.

The Lions would shoot just 1-for-7 from the field in the final seven minutes and would finish hitting just 37 percent from the field in the second half. They would finish 41.5 percent for the game while Pepperdine hit 45 percent

"While we didn't hit shots late, they killed us on the boards," said Good. "Not going to win many games being out rebounded 41-29. And they really hurt us int he paint, mainly due to second chance points." The Waves held a 15-9 edge in second chance points, grabbing 15 offensive boards to LMU's 7. They also held a 44-22 edge in points in the paint.

The Lions wrap up a stretch playing seven out of nine on the road. They return home to host Saint Mary's on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8 pm.

 

 

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