Turnovers, Three's Hurt Lions

Ashley Hamilton

March 2, 2012

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Post-Game Press Conference

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - LMU hit just 32 percent from the field in the second half and had 17 turnovers as San Francisco used 11 three-pointers for the second straight night to earn a 67-60 win over the Lions in the first quarterfinal of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Championships on Friday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ashley Hamilton had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Lions (19-12) and Anthony Irelandhad 13 points and five assists in playing all 40 minutes. Michael Williams hit five of the Dons' (20-12) three-pointers to lead all scorers with 19. Cody Doolin added 16 points and seven rebounds and Cole Dickerson came off the bench for 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

"I have to give credit to San Francisco. They played very well tonight," said Head Coach Max Good. "I thought we played very hard, but you aren't going to win much if you aren't hitting shots."

The Lions finished the game shooting 40.4 percent, hitting 48.3 percent in the first half in taking a 35-34 lead at the break. USF finished hitting 41.7 percent from the field, going 11-for-26 from long distance (42.3 percent).

LMU had 17 turnovers compared to USF's 13, leading to a 17-11 edge in points off turnovers.

"We just turned the ball over too much tonight," said Good. "We also did a good job in the first half in rebounding, but in the second half they out rebounded us by eight."

The Lions opened the second half with the first four points to stretch their lead to five, and Hamilton's jumper with 15:19 to play gave the Lions a 43-38 lead.

However, the Dons would warm-up from the field and the Lions would go cold.

USF went on a 19-6 run over the next eight minutes to take the largest lead of the game, 57-49, on a Cody Doolin lay-in with 7:34 to play.

Drew Viney'sthree-point play, LMU's fourth of the game, cut the lead to 57-52 with 6:44 on the clock. DuBois would hit a free throw to make it 57-53.

However, the three-ball reared its ugly hit, this one by Doolin, to give the Dons a 60-53 lead. It was the Dons' 11th three.

The Lions would cut the lead to one possession, 61-58, on a Jarred DuBois'three-pointer with 1:35 to play. However, Rashad Green's three-point play pushed the lead back to six, 64-58.

GAME NOTES: Teams started 0-for-9 combined from the field. USF hit their first field goal at by Angelo Caloiaro at 16:42. LMU hit first field goal on an and-one from Ashley Hamiltonat 16:08.

Once teams settled in, first half featured four ties and had five lead changes as the Lions led by as many six and USF by as many as four.

USF led 12-8, but the Lions went on an 8-2 run in less than 50 seconds to take a 16-14 lead. Hamilton three-point play, Ireland length of court lay-up, DuBois three-pointer in transition.

Lions started 0-6 from the field, finish half 14-for-23 (61 percent) to take a one-point lead, 35-34, at the half. The Lions finished shooting 48.3 percent and held USF to 40.6 percent. However, USF forced Lions into nine turnovers and held an 8-4 edge in points off turnovers.

USF hit seven more first half three-pointers, giving them 16 in two games combined in the first stanza. They have 22 total in two games.





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