Game of Three's Favors Tigers

Nick Stover drives to the hoop and draws a foul in the first half Saturday.

Feb. 8, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -- In the first meeting between LMU and Pacific the teams combined for 17 three-pointers in a Lions road win.

They were at it again.

The teams combined for 20 three-pointers to once again favor the road team as the Tigers earned an 82-72 win over LMU on Saturday afternoon.

The 17 combined three-pointers on Jan. 23 was the high on the season for LMU until Saturday as the Tigers hit 11, including six from T.J. Wallace, to build a nine-point halftime lead they would not let go of. The nine LMU three-pointers, including four from C.J. Blackwell, was LMU's season-high.

"They are a very good shooting team and they run their system well. Because of that you have to be very disciplined on defense," said Head Coach Max Good. "We made just enough lapses on defense and give Wallace credit, he really hurt us."

Freshman Evan Payne led the Lions (11-14, 3-10) with 18 and senior Anthony Ireland added 17. Freshman Gabe Levin added 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, including 2-for-3 from long distance. Blackwell finished with 12.

Wallace chipped in a game-high 22, hitting 8-for-12 from the field and 6-for-8 from three. Three others were in double digits for Pacific (13-10, 4-8), including 15 from Andre Bock, 14 from Sama Taku and 12 from Trevin Harris.

Pacific finished hitting 50 percent from the field (25-for-50) and 42.3 percent from three (11-for-26). LMU was 45.5 percent (25-for-55), hitting 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) from three. Both teams entered the game in the top-10 nationally in free throws (Pacific 5th, LMU 8th) and they combined to hit 34-for-42 (80.9 percent).

Pacific led 32-23 at the break and Taku's jumper to start the second half pushed the lead to 11. The Lions would go on an 8-0 run capped by an Ireland three-pointer that cut the lead to four, 35-31, just three minutes into the half.

That would be as close as the Lions would get as Pacific continued to stretch the lead back to as many as 10. LMU managed to get it down to six five times, including the final time on a Blackwell three-pointer, making it 62-56, with 6:38 to play.

"We managed to cut into the lead multiple times, but when we needed that one stop to get i

The Lions will head out on their final road swing of the season when they travel to the Pacific Northwest, facing Portland on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 pm.




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