Early Charge Too Much For Lions
Saint Mary's opens game with first 14 points and survives Lions comeback.
Feb. 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball returned home and saw Saint Mary's greet them with the first 14 points the game, setting them off to shoot 58.5 from the field and earn a 77-58 win in West Coast Conference action on Thursday night.
Senior Anthony Ireland finished with 13 points and passes Bo Kimble for fourth all-time in LMU history with 2022 points. Kimble had 2,010 points from 1987-90. Freshman Evan Payne led the Lions (11-13, 3-9) with 17 while Alex Osborne had 10.
Kerry Carter led all scorers with 20 points, scoring 14 in the first half to set the tone. Fellow guards Beau Levesque and Stephen Hold added 17 each for the Gaels (17-7, 7-4 WCC).
Saint Mary's came out on fire. They scored the game's first 14 points, started the game hitting 80 percent from the field and built a lead as large as 18, 30-12, with 8:16 to play in the first half.
Carter led the charge, hitting 4-for-6 from three in the half for the 14 points. Leaveque and Holt added 11 in the first frame.
"Their fast start was clearly the difference," said Head Coach Max Good. "We knew they were going to come out and really try to set the tone, and have to give them they did that."
However, the Lions would finish the half on a 19-7 run and trail by just six, 37-31, at the break thanks to Ireland's jumper at the buzzer.
The Lions would get the led to four, 39-35, less than two minutes in the second half.
"I was proud of how we answered their fast start," said Good. "Down the stretch we made just a couple mistakes, and against a team like Saint Mary's when you trying to come from behind, it just make you pay."
Saint Mary's would hold, and Brad Waldow's first field goal of the game made it 50-39 with 13:54 to play. The Lions would get no closer than the four.
The Gaels hit 31-for-53 (58.5 percent) from the field while the Lions hit 25-for-58 (43.1 percent). Carter finished hitting four of the Gaels' six three-pointers as they finished 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) while the Lions hit just 2-for-10.
Free throws were at a premium as LMU went just 6-for-11 while Saint Mary's went 9-for-14.
LMU continues their home stand when they host Pacific for the Family Weekend game on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 4 pm.