Offense, Rebounding Struggles in First Road Game
Offensive drought in the middle of game hurts Lions as they fall to SMU.
Nov. 11, 2012
DALLAS -- Less than 48 hours after scoring the most points in more than 20 years, LMU men's basketball saw the opposite in their first road game of the season. The Lions hit just two field goals over a span of 18 minutes and a late rally wasn't enough as the Lions fall to SMU, 73-58, Sunday night in Dallas.
LMU returners Anthony Ireland, Ashley Hamilton and Ayodeji Egbeyemi scored 47 of the Lions' 58 points. Ireland finished the game with his fourth double-double, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, adding five assists. Hamilton had 16 points, going 11-for-13 from the free throw line while adding seven rebounds. Egbeyemi added 14.
"I thought we competed to the very end and I was very proud of our effort tonight," said Head Coach Max Good. "Just had two teams that played defense pretty well, and I think at the end, it was our lack of grabbing enough defensive rebounds that hurt us. It gave them more possessions and it kept us really getting out on the break and fueling our offense."
SMU out rebounded the Lions 38-31, and had 14 offensive rebounds that led to a 12-7 edge in second chance points. All five starters scored double figures for SMU, scoring 66 of the 73 points.
Alex Osborne scored with 12:08 to play in the first half to make it a two-point game, 17-15, with 12:08 to play. Ireland's three-pointer and lay-up in back-to-back possession were the only two field goals the rest of the first half.
Trailing 35-26 at the break, the Lions didn't get their first field goal, another jumper by Ireland, with 13:21 remaining in the second half. In that 18 minute span, SMU's lead would grow to as many as 15.
However, despite the drought, LMU managed to work the lead down six on several occasions, the first on pair of free throws by Ireland. The final time came with 6:04 to play, making it 58-52 on Hamilton's free throws.
"I thought we had started to get things going and managed to get the lead down to six," said Good. "We worked hard to get to that point and then we had three straight turnovers on travel calls by our top three scorers, and that just hurt our come back chances."
The Lions finished shooting 32.6 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from the three-point line while holding SMU to 39.3 percent from the field. The Lions ended with 14 turnovers to 10 for the Mustangs.
LMU continues its three-week road trip with a visit to CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Listen to the game live on KXLU 88.9 FM.