First Half Blitz Burns Lions
Men's basketball falls in first BracketBuster appearance at Portland State.
Feb. 19, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. - Playing in their first Sears BracketBuster, LMU men's basketball saw Portland State score 51 first half points to pace an 84-75 win over the Lions at the Peter W. Stott Center Saturday afternoon in Portland, Ore.
The Vikings (12-14) opened the game shooting 55.6 percent from the field, hitting 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) from the three-point line to jump out to a 51-33 lead and never looked back. Only Saint Mary's (56) scored more on the Lions in the first half this season.
The Lions (10-18) weren't bad from the field, hitting 50 percent in the first half, but nine turnovers and 10 offensive rebounds by the Vikings game the home team 10 more shots.
Both teams cooled off in the second half as the Vikings, who led by as many as 22 in the second half, shot 39.3 percent and hit just one three-pointer in the second half to finish the game 31-for-64 from the field (48.4 percent) and 8-for-22 from three (36.4 percent). LMU finished 28-for-59 from the field (47.5 percent).
Drew Viney led all scorers with 23 points, while Ashley Hamilton had his third career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Vernon Teel added 13 points while Ayodeji Egbeyemi scored 10. Portland State had five in double figures, including 19 from Melvin Jones and double-double from Chehales Tapscott, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds.
"We were flat early, let them get a step on us and they knocked us out in the first half," said Good. "We tightened up defensively in the second half, but they buried us early and we didn't answer. It was very disappointing after the energy we played with on Wednesday."
The Lions held Portland State to just 1-for-11 from three in the second half and the Vikings hit just 14-for-28 from the free throw line. As a result the Lions made a late run, cutting it to nine down the stretch but running out of time.
Portland State finished with a 20-10 edge in points off turnovers and 15-11 edge on second chance turnovers.
The Lions play their final two games of the regular season in West Coast Conference action on the road, starting with Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU and head on KXLU 88.9.