Heartbreaks Continue For Lions
Men's basketball drops another heartbreaker, falling 52-50 to Pepperdine despite Ireland's 26 points.
Feb. 14, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. -- LMU men's basketball dropped another heartbreaker in West Coast Conference play, falling in the final seconds to Pepperdine, 52-50, at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday night.
The Lions took over possession of the ball with 26 seconds left, trailing 51-50, but couldn't get a shot off as the Waves (12-13, 4-8) forced a Lion turnover. Stacy Davis hit one of two free throws with 2.1 seconds left and Ireland's heave from beyond half court was short.
Junior Anthony Ireland was involved in 14 of the Lions' 18 field goals, scoring 26 points on 10-for-22 shooting, adding four assists, four rebounds and two steals. No other Lion (8-17, 1-11) scored in double figures as the rest of the team shot 8-for-32 (25 percent).
Jordan Baker led the Waves with 16 points, followed by Lorne Jackson's 11.
"We had another one that we just let slip away," said Head Coach Max Good. "We wasted another amazing performance by Anthony. We got the ball into the hands of the open player at the end and we didn't capitalize. Its really unfortunate."
The Lions finished the game shooting 33.3 percent, hitting 26.3 percent from long range while going 9-for-12 from the free throw line. The Lions had 17 more field goal attempts than the Waves, who hit 45.9 percent from the field but just 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from three. However, the Waves went to the line 25 times, hitting 17 (68 percent).
LMU trailed 42-40 with 9:30 to play, but would hold the Waves without a field goal for more than six minutes, and down 46-42, would go on an 8-0 run to take a 50-46 lead with 3:31 to play.
However, that was it for the Lions as the Waves closed on a 6-0 run, including Nikolas Skouen's jumper with 1:42 to play that proved to be the winner.
The Lions had 14 offensive rebounds, including four by freshman Marin Mornar, who led the Lions with seven rebounds. LMU held a 11-4 edge on second chance points and a 17-13 edge in points off turnovers, forcing the Waves into 16.
Ireland's 26 points, gives him 1,400 for his career, moving two spots to 13th all-time at LMU, 25 behind Rick Adelman (1965-68)
The Lions head home to face Saint Mary's on Family Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.