Offense Struggles at No. 22 SMC
Men’s basketball fall to No. 22 Saint Mary’s in Moraga
MORAGA, Calif. - Junior Petr Herman connected on his first two shots and senior Brandon Brown hit a three as LMU men’s basketball looked to be in an early offensive rhythm. From there the lid went on the basket as the Lions struggled to score in a 81-48 setback to 22nd-ranked Saint Mary’s on Thursday night.
Herman finished with eight points and Brown was the only Lion in double figures with 10 points as the Lions finished shooting just 38 percent from the field, 26.7 from three and 42.9 from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Gaels got their rotation game going and finished hitting 59.6 percent from the field, 47.6 percent from three and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. Jack Landale led three Gaels (23-3, 13-2) in double figures with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
GAMEDAY STORYLINES• The low point total is nothing new for Saint Mary’s and their defense. They held San Diego to just 27 points and Portland to 33 in earlier WCC match-ups. The Lions finished 19-for-50 from the field while SMC was 28-for-47.
• The Lions once again won the turnover battle against the Gaels. They finished with six steals while forcing Saint Mary’s into 13. LMU had only nine turnovers on the game.
FROM COACH DUNLAP“We played with great physical energy but once they got going, they really cut us up with the pass,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “It became a rotation game and that is not a good thing against them. They are very good at passing the ball around and can really hit the three. They really carved us up with that.”
“Our two issues remain, missing at the rim and free throw shooting. We shot just 43 percent from the charity stripe. You can’t turn down easy points on the road against a top-25 team.”
“This team has showed great resiliency and have bounced back. We have Pepperdine on Saturday and we will be ready.”
UP NEXTThe 2017 Homecoming game will be Saturday, Feb. 18 when the Lions take on rival Pepperdine for the 166th time in program history. It is the longest running series and the PCH Cup match-up will tipoff at 3 pm. The pregame tailgate party is at 1 pm and the 2017 Class of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime.
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