Lions Win A Wild One
It was another wild one between LMU and USF as the Lions erase 16-point deficit in the final 7:30 to earn 90-88 win.
Feb. 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU men's basketball scored 60 second half points on 10-for-13 shooting from the three-point line to erase a 19-point deficit to pull out another wild one over San Francisco, earning a 90-88 win Saturday night in West Coast Conference play at Gersten Pavilion.
Senior Drew Viney hit a lay-up with 54 second to play to give the Lions the lead for good at 89-88, and fellow senior LaRon Armstead secured another big defensive rebound on a Perris Blackwell miss with 41 seconds to play. He hit one of two free throws and the Lions forced USF into a pair of turnovers in the final nine seconds to secure the win.
"We showed great poise down the stretch and we started hitting shots," said Head Coach Max Good. "This was a great team win, against a very talented San Francisco team. We did a great job not letting down and really got rolling down the stretch. I am very proud of this team."
LMU takes a three-game lead over the Dons in the WCC, improving to 8-3 in conference play and 15-9 overall. They remain tied for third with BYU and a game behind Gonzaga for second. USF falls to 15-10 overall and 5-6 in the WCC.
Viney led the Lions with 20 points and nine rebounds, scoring 16 in the second half, including a 4-for-4 effort from the three-point line. Junior Jarred DuBois came off the bench to score all of his 17 points in the second half, hitting 3-for-5 from long range. Anthony Ireland added 15 and Ashley Hamilton 13.
Rashad Green led all scorers with 24 points and seven rebounds. Angelo Caloiaro had 17, Michael Williams 16 and Blackwell 10.
The Lions, who trailed by 19 (41-22) with 3:04 to play in the first half and then by 16 (78-62) with 7:25 to play in the game, exploded in a wild second half.
"They were the aggressor early, and really dictated the tempo," said Good. "At the start of the second half, you can see we were slowly working our way out of it, but it wasn't until about seven minutes when really started taking the tempo to them. We did a much better job on their guards in the second half, and that helped us control it down the stretch."
The Dons, who shot 47 percent in the first half and forced nine LMU turnovers, took a 19-point lead, 41-22, with 3:04 to play when Cole Dickerson hit a three-pointer. However, the Lions wouldn't go away. They used a 16-4 run to cut the lead to seven, 45-38, on back-to-back three-pointer by Hamilton and Viney, the last with 17:14 to play.
The Dons would go to the three-pointer again, hitting three straight - two by Caloiaro - to push the lead back to 16, 54-48. LMU would get the lead down to nine, 59-50, and then again at 69-60, on a pair of three-pointers of their own - the first by DuBois and then the second by Viney with 9:54 to play.
However, USF kept the Lions at arms length with their 10th three-pointer of the game, and grew the lead to 16, 78-62, with 7:25 to play on a pair of Green free throws.
LMU would then take over, outscoring the Dons 28-10 down the stretch and hitting five three-pointers in the final seven minutes.
The Lions would finally get the lead under seven, cutting it to five, 85-80, on an Ireland three-pointer. After a Cody Doolin free throw, Viney hit a three-pointer on an Ireland assist to make it 86-83 with 1:55 on the clock.
Viney would pick-up a rebound on a Green miss and Hamilton would slam home a pass from Armstead to cut the lead to one, 86-85 with 1:36 to play. DuBois would then give the Lions their first lead since 7-5 on a pair of free throws.
Green would get the lead right back for USF, 88-87, hitting on a jumper with 1:09 on the clock, setting up the final minute and Viney's lay-up winner.
The Lions head on the road for their next three in WCC play, starting with Portland on Thrusday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast tape delayed on FS PrimeTicket at 10 p.m. Listen to the game live on KXLU 88.9 FM.
GAME NOTES: The teams combined in the second half for 105 points, 16 three-pointers (on 26 attempts for 61.5 percent), 27-for-32 shooting from free throw line (84 percent) and 54 percent shooting from the field (31-for-57)...
In addition to the three-pointers in the second half comeback, LMU hit 18-for-30 from the field (60 percent), went 14-for-15 (93.3 percent) from the charity stripe and turned the ball over just four times to earn the come back win...
For the game the Lions finished hitting 48 percent from the field, 55 percent from three (11-for-20) and 84 percent from the free throw line. They finished with 13 turnovers. USF was also lights out, hitting 13 three-pointers, the most against the Lions on the season, who entered the game 11th in the nation in three-point field goal defense. They finished 47.5 percent from the field, 40 percent from three (11-for-27) and 82 percent from the free throw line (19-for-23)...
The last four games between the two teams have been decided by six total points... LMU outscored USF, 22-4, in bench points in the second half... The Don bench outscored LMU's bench, 15-5, in the first half...