Three-ball Earns Homecoming Win
Steven Haney hits seven of LMU's 16 three-pointers to give Lions 82-61 win.
LOS ANGELES - Behind a season-high 25 points and seven three-pointers from Steven Haney Jr., LMU men's basketball rolled to an 82-61 PCH Cup victory over Pepperdine in West Coast Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (13-14, 6-10) hit a season-high 16 three-pointers and finished the game hitting 52.7 percent from the field. They finished 57.1 percent from three (16-for-28) and went 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Haney finished 7-for-12 from long distance and 9-for-14 from the field. Brandon Brown added 14 points and Buay Tuach 13 for the Lions. LMU's pressure defense finished with nine steals and had a 21-10 edge in points off turnovers.
Lamond Murray Jr., led Pepperdine (9-19, 5-11) with 18 points. Nolan Taylor added 17 and Jeremy Major had 13.
Pepperdine jumped out to a quick start, taking a 14-5 lead with 11:53 to play. The Lions started just 2-for-13 from the field. From there LMU took over. In less than five minutes, they posted an 18-0 run that was fittingly capped by a Haney three-pointer, giving them a 23-15 lead. The Lions would take a 36-32 lead into the locker room.
After Pepperdine cut the lead to one, 36-35 in the first minute of the second half, LMU would deliver a knock-out punch with their defense, holding Pepperdine without a field goal for nearly nine minutes. LMU would post a 20-6 run in that stretch, pushing the lead from one to 15, 56-41.
The Lions would stretch the lead to as many 26 to earn the PCH Cup win.
GAMEDAY STORYLINES Haney's seven three-pointers equals his record seven he hit against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 12, 2015. It was the most by a Lion since Jeff Fryer's record against Michigan in the NCAA tournament in 1990.
The Lions finished with 18 assists in the game, the most since 18 against Pacific on Jan. 26.
It was the 2017 Homecoming and Hall of Fame game. The Lions celebrated the induction of the Class of 2017 into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame. This year's class includes Chad and Ginni Dreier (Benefactor), Tara Erdmann (Cross Country/Track), Michael Erush (Men's Soccer), Heather Hughes (Volleyball), Terrell Lowery (Baseball/Men's Basketball), and Adrianne Slaughter (Women's Basketball).
FROM COACH DUNLAP"Our assist total was something that was important today and I was very pleased with how we shared the ball," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "We really took care of business after a slow start and our team continues show a lot of character in bouncing back."
"Obviously our outside shooting was important, it really spread them out and opened things up for us. Again, our team took a shellacking on Thursday and really showed its character today in bouncing back. That is what this team is all about."
UP NEXTThe Lions will host San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 23 on Senior Day. Tip-off is set for 7 pm as the Lions will honor their five-member senior class.
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