Team Effort Big in Easy Exhibition Win
Men's basketball earns 94-49 win in only exhibition game over LaVerne
Nov. 1, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Playing in their only exhibition game of the 2011-12 season, the LMU men's basketball team earned a 94-49 win over LaVerne at Gersten Pavilion on Tuesday night.
It was all about team for Head Coach Max Good, and the exhibition was a good start.
"I was really pleased about our team effort on offense and defense tonight," said Good. "We came out and did what we were supposed to do and everyone on this team contributed and fought for one another. It was a good start. We will be able to accomplish a lot this season if we continue to grow as a team."
The Lions' defense shutdown LaVerne, holding them to just 27 percent shooting from the field and 20.7 percent from the three-point line. On offense the Lions finished hitting 55.9 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from long distance.
Redshirt junior Jarred DuBois, who missed all but five games in serving a medical redshirt in 2010-11, led the Lions with 19 points, hitting 7-for-11 from the field. Ashley Hamilton added 17 points and seven rebounds while going 7-for-8. Anthony Ireland added 15 points and four assists while freshman C.J. Blackwell had 11 points and six rebounds.
LaVerne's Trevor Woodland led all scorers with 20 points, needing 22 total shots (13 from three) to score the points.
The Lions were consistent in both halves, holding LaVerne to just 19 points in the first half while outscoring them by 23. In the second half, LaVerne scored 30 but the Lions managed 52 points to outscore them by 22.
"Again, we played well as a group," said Good. "We will need every ounce of that effort and more when we open the season against UCLA. But I was happy with how we played together as a team."
The Lions will open the regular season against the Bruins on Nov. 11 at the L.A. Sports Arena with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. Fans waiting to join the ROAR bus to the game can call (310) 338-LION (5466). The game will also be live on Fox Sports West.