Men's Basketball

Shooting Woes Hurt Lions

Godwin Okonji had eight and eight Saturday.

Godwin Okonji had eight and eight Saturday.

Feb. 12, 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Portland jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first half and never looked back to defeat LMU, 71-48, at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday in West Coast Conference action.

Portland's Luke Sikma led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nemanja Mitrovic added 16 points and seven rebounds. Larry Davis led the Lions with 11 points, all the first half. Anthony Ireland added 10.

For the second straight game LMU found themselves in an early whole as the Pilots built an 18-7 lead as the Lions started the game just 3-for-13 from the field. Portland would lead by as many as 18 in the half. The Lions cut it to 12, 36-24 at the break.

Portland then used a 9-1 run to start the second half to grow the lead to 20, 45-25.

From that point, the Lions would hold Portland without a point for over four minutes and without a field goal for more than seven minutes but managed to only cut the lead to as low as 14, 45-31, thanks to just 2-of-15 shooting to start the second half.

It was a rough shooting night all the way around for the Lions, hitting just 29.8 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from the charity stripe and 31.6 percent from the three-point line.

Portland finished 46.6 percent from the floor. The Lions did hold them more than 17 percent below their average from long range as they hit just 25 percent. They entered the game second in the nation at 42.5 percent.

"If you can't hit shots, you just aren't going to win," said Head Coach Max Good. "We did a good job in the second half, took them out of their three-point game - I think they only hit four and were well below their average - and really turned them over for over six to seven minutes. But we had very little to show for it."

The Lions will play their final home game of the season when they host rival Pepperdine on Senior Night, Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. The game will be on ESPNU and on KXLU 88.9 FM.




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