Lions Fall in Family Weekend Game
Men's basketball gets solid defensive effort but struggle from field to suffer setback to Saint Mary's.
Feb. 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Offense was at a premium on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion on the campus of Loyola Marymount University, but in the end, Saint Mary's had just enough offense as they earned a 61-50 win in West Coast Conference play.
"I thought we played great defense today," said Head Coach Max Good. "We just couldn't score. Saint Mary's is very good offensively and I thought our defense put us in the position to get a victory. But we just couldn't score."
The Gaels (22-5, 11-2) finished just 4-for-13 from three, missed 18 free throws (17-for-35) but hit 46.5 percent from the field. The Lions (8-18, 1-12) hit just 30.4 percent from the floor missing nine free throws themselves (19-for-28).
LMU held Saint Mary's leading scorer Matthew Dellavedova to just eight points on 1-of-5 shooting. However, Stephen Holt had 16 and Jorden Page had 12.
Anthony Ireland had 19 points, going 13-for-14 from the free throw line to overcome a 2-for-11 effort from the field. Both his field goals were three-pointers. Ashley Hamilton had his sixth career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
LMU had three field goals in the first four minutes of the game to take a 7-4 lead but was held to just two the next 20 minutes. In that stretch, the Lions would go over 11 minutes with no field goals as the Gaels built a 33-18 lead. Ireland would hit his only field goal of the half, a three-pointer at the buzzer, to make it 33-21 at the break.
The Gaels would stretch the lead to as large as 21 with 5:04 to play as the Lions didn't score a field goal for the first five minutes of the second half.
LMU used the press and forced the Gales into 15 turnovers to get the lead down to eight with 31 seconds to play on a pair of Ireland free throws. However, the Lions would get no closer.
The Lions remain at home, hosting San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.