Memorable Double Overtime Victory
Men’s basketball ends regular season with a classic 80-83 double-overtime win against rival Pepperdine.
LOS ANGELES - LMU men’s basketball used crucial end of the game three-pointers to earn a 90-83 double overtime victory over Wells Fargo PCH Cup rival Pepperdine in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion.
It was a memorable day for the Lions, especially seniors Marin Mornar and David Humphries, who end their Gersten Pavilion careers with a victory over the longest running rival in program history. The Lions (13-16, 6-12) earn their first double overtime win in 10 years, do it over their primary rival, the Waves (17-12, 10-8), who had already locked up the No. 4 seed in the demanding West Coast Conference.
“This was as good as a team effort as we have had in our two years here,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “For us to win three of our last five without our most productive player is amazing. We showed incredible growth. This was the best team effort in terms of guts to win a game, by far.”
Mornar drained a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to tie the game at 66, and the Lions’ defense held to send the game into the first overtime. Then trailing by three again, freshman Munis Tutu knocked down another three, this one with nine seconds left in the first overtime, to tie the game at 78. LMU’s defense was again up to the task, sending it into a second overtime.
The Lions made sure they wouldn’t need another comeback. Tutu and Mornar scored the first four points of the second extra session, and up one, 82-81, the Lions rattled off six straight points, to earn their second straight overtime win.
“We were able to score 90 points again today. This from a team throughout the season struggled to score,” said Dunalp. “We have showed growth all season. We got some huge three-pointers when we needed them most. Our defense held them to just 25 in the first half and in the second overtime we allowed just five. We figured out a way to win against a very good team.”
Junior Shamar Johnson had career highs with 18 points and nine rebounds to lead five Lions (13-16, 6-12) in double figures. Mornar, the only four-year senior playing in his final game at Gersten Pavilion, finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Brandon Brown had 16 points, five rebounds and five steals. Steven Haney Jr. and Tutu added 13 each. The freshman guard Tutu added six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Jett Raines led four Waves (17-12, 10-8) in double figures, including 19 points and 12 rebounds for Stacy Davis and 19 points and 10 rebounds for Lamond Murray Jr.
The Lions defense forced Pepperdine into 20 turnovers while earning 11 steals. They held a 24-9 edge in points off turnovers, turning the ball over just six times on the day. The extra possessions helped the Lions attempt 20 more shots from the field than the Waves, going 32-for-78 (41 percent) while the Waves were 28-for-58 (48.3 percent).
The Lions held Pepperdine to just 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) from three while they were 8-for-25 (32 percent). Pepperdine was 26-for-36 (72.2 percent) from the free throw line while the Lions were 18-for-29 (62.1 percent). Mornar attempted all six of the Lions’ free throws in the second overtime, hitting all six.
It was the first double overtime game since Feb. 24, 2011, falling to Santa Clara, 84-75. The previous double overtime game before that was on Dec. 19, 2006, an 84-82 win over Boise State.
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