Feb. 28, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Like the first meeting between LMU and Santa Clara, it was another fast start for the Broncos. Unlike the first one, they didn't let go of the lead as they earned a 79-56 win over the Lions at the Leavey Center on Thursday night.
The Broncos shot 51 percent from the field, hitting 9-for-21 from three as four players finished in double figures, including Matt Trasolini with 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting. Kevin Foster had 17, hitting five three-pointers.
The Lions, however, shot just 35.8 percent and hit just 2-for-7 from three. They were once again led by Anthony Ireland with 23 points, hitting 8-for-22 from the field with five rebounds, three assists and a split chin. Ireland moves into the top-10 all-time in career scoring at 1,482 points and is now 15th in a single season with 594 points.
Alex Osborne added his first career double-double with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Hamilton added 10 rebounds as the Lions out rebounded Santa Clara 37-31.
"They hit shots, pretty simple," said Head Coach Max Good. "They are very good when they get rolling, and we let them get going early and they put it away. Give them a lot of credit, they are a good team."
With the game sitting at 9-7, Santa Clara went on a run to build a big early lead. They started with 10-0 stretch to take a 19-7 lead on 8-for-10 (80) shooting, including a pair of three-pointers by Foster. Ireland didn't have a shot until six minutes in and the Lions started 3-for-11 (23.1). Osborne ended the 10-run, 19-9.
The run would end up going to 15-2 as Santa Clara built a 15-point lead, 24-9.
Lions cut it down to seven with 8-0 run but would get no closer thanks to a late 10-0 run by the Broncos as they would lead 41-24 at the break. The Broncos finished the first half shooting 60 percent while the Lions shot just 27 percent.
Unlike the first meeting in which the Lions earned a come-from-behind win, the Broncos kept the pace in the second half stretching the to as many as 29 for the win.
LMU missed the length and defensive efforts of Ayodeji Egbeyemi, who was out with a groin injury. In four meetings in guarding SCU leading scorer Foster, he held him to 28 percent from the field and 26 percent from three.
The Lions finish the regular season at home for Senior Day and Hall of Fame Weekend when they host BYU on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The 2013 class of inductees includes Al Gersten, Jr. (benefactor), Danielle Kaminaka (softball, 2003-05), Kealani Kimball (volleyball, 2000-04), John R. Lind, Sr. (men's crew coach, 1962-75), Endre Rex-Kiss (men's water polo, 2002-06), Tom Salvino (men's basketball, 1953-56), Lynn Scott (women's tennis, 1976-77), and the 2004 women's water polo team.
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