Feb. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- San Diego's Chris Anderson scored the Toreros first field goal in over eight minutes and it came at the perfect time. His reverse lay-in with 0.2 seconds left in overtime gave San Diego (12-12, 5-4) a 69-68 win over LMU (8-14, 1-8) at Gersten Pavilion Monday night.
Anthony Ireland led the Lions with 17 points, but the league's top free throw shooter in WCC games missed a front end of one-and-one with 5.1 seconds left and Anderson drove the length of the court for the winner.
"To say this one is disappointing is an understatement," said Head Coach Max Good. "One hundred times out of a hundred I would take Anthony Ireland on the line up one. No one will carry this heavier than Anthony. This was a tough one."
Anderson finished with 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds while Johnny Dee scored 15 points but missed most of the second half due to an ankle injury.
Ashley Hamilton had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, adding five assists. Ayodeji Egbeyemi also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The game featured 19 lead changes and 15 ties. San Diego scored a lay-up by Ken Rancifer with 3:32 to play and didn't score a field goal again until Anderson's winner.
"We did some good things that put us in the position to get a win," said Good. "They went over eight minutes without a field goal. We got the ball into the right guy. We just needed to hold another second and didn't."
LMU finished the game hitting 47.4 percent, hitting 61.5 percent in the first half. They hit 33.3 percent from three and 56 percent from the free throw line. San Diego was 41.4 percent from the field, 35 percent from three and 56 percent from the free throw line.
The Lions trailed 60-59 when Egbeyemi hit a three-pointer for the game's 18th lead change, making it 62-60 with 3:09 to play. A pair of Manresa free throws tied the game for the 14th time.
LMU regained the lead on an Alex Osborne putback with 48.3 seconds left. On the next possession, Anderson was sent to the line and hit both free throws for the 15th tie, 62-62. Both teams had a chance to win it in regulation but it would go to extra frames.
LMU head on the road to face Portland on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. It will be part of three games in six days for the Lions. It will be on Comcast Sports Net and on KXLU 88.9 FM.
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