Long Ball Hurts Lions in Defensive Affair

Ashley Hamilton

Feb. 23, 2012

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - LMU men's basketball fell to the University of San Diego, 60-57, in West Coast Conference action on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion. It was defensive from start to finish, but the Toreros would use 46.7 percent shooting from the three-point line to earn the win.

Ashley Hamilton led all scorers with 15 points, all but one in the second half, and Anthony Ireland added 14 for the Lions. However, the Lions finished hitting 42.6 percent from the field and hit just 4-for-17 from three and a season-low 7-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Darian Norris came off the bench to hit 4-for-5 from three, all in the second half, to score 12 points. Christopher Anderson added 12 points and Dennis Kramer added 11. San Diego finished hitting 44 percent form the field and 7-for-12 from three, including 9-for-11 from the charity stripe.

The Lions fall to 18-11 on the season and 10-5 in the WCC, while San Diego improves to 12-16 and 7-8.

"They earned the win," said Head Coach Max Good. "We were not good at all tonight. And they flat out wanted it more than us and took it to us. I congratulate them because they played well."

San Diego took an eight-point lead, 28-20, with a 9-0 run late in the first half. The Lions would go over six minutes without a point until Ireland hit a floater with just two seconds left in the half to make the score 28-22, San Diego, at the break.

Hamilton would then score the Lions first 11 points of the second half as the Lions took a 33-32 lead with 15:24 to play.

It would be close the rest of the way.

The lead would change hands multiple times with neither team gaining an advantage larger than two until back-to-back buckets by the Lions, including just their second three of the game with 10:08 to play. Viney hit it from the top of the key to give the Lions a 43-38 advantage, the largest of the game.



However, Norris would catch fire, hitting three long balls of his own over three minutes to tie the game at 49-49, with 6:15 to play.

The game would then turn into a three-point contest as the teams would trade three-pointers over the next four possessions. DuBois would tie the game at 52-52 with his from NBA range with 3:11 to play.

Dennis Kramer then hit his with 2:56 to play for a 55-52 lead that was short lived, as Hamilton hit a long ball of his own to make it 55-55 with 2:39 to play.

Norris would then deliver the dagger, hitting his fourth of the game with 1:17 to play to give USD the lead for good, 58-55.

Ireland would cut the lead to one, 58-57, with a lay-in with 41.8 left. The Lions would get a Torero miss, but as they did most the night, Simi Fajemisin would get the rebound and would hit both free throws for a 60-57 lead. San Diego outrebounded the Lions 35-29 and had a 14-7 edge in second change points.

Ireland's three from NBA range at the buzzer was off the mark.

The Lions conclude the regular season when they host Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.



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