Stability, Youth in Exhibition Opener
Lions' senior leaders brought stability while young roster showed promise and youth in 96-64 exhibition win.
Nov. 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Senior Anthony Ireland was, well, Anthony Ireland, scoring 24 points with seven assists and six rebounds. Fellow senior Ayodeji Egbeyemi showed his experience and athleticism, while the young roster showed promise and its youth as LMU earned an 96-64 win in its lone exhibition game to start the 2013-14 season.
"We had some moments tonight, especially in the second half that were very good," said Head Coach Max Good. "But we also showed we have a lot of work to do. Anthony and Deji were really solid, as senior captains should be. We started slow, but we rebounded better and shared the ball much better in the second half. We have a good place to work with heading into our opener."
Ireland finished 8-for-15 from the field and added three steals, while Egbeyemi showed his experience with 13 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes. The Lions' youth also had its moments of promise. Freshman Gabe Levin had 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while fellow freshman Nino Jackson had 11 points.
"I thought our two freshman that played tonight, played well," said Good. "As a group we played with much more defensive pride in the second half and we have to work on making that consistent."
The Lions forced Cal Lutheran into 23 turnovers on 11 steals and held a 28-13 edge in points off turnovers. LMU also had a 25-9 edge in second chance points, out rebounding Cal Lutheran 25-9.
LMU will open the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8 at the San Diego Classic. The Lions will face Grand Canyon at San Diego's Jenny Craig Pavilion in the opener at 4:30 pm. They will then face South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 pm. Both games will be aired live on KXLU 88.9 FM and through LMULions.com.