Early Scoring Woes Hinders Comeback
Men's basketball was hindered once again by stretches without points as they fall to UC Davis in their final game in Ames, Iowa.
Nov. 16, 2008
Ames, IA - The scoring issues continued in the third and final game for Loyola Marymount at the World Vision Classic hosted by Iowa State in Ames, IA. The Lions scored just one field goal and five overall points in the final 10 minutes of the first half as they fell to UC Davis 64-55 Sunday afternoon.
"We came out flat in the first half and we have to understand who we are," said Head Coach Bill Bayno. "We have five new players, hurting on the post and we have to learn that to be successful we have to move the ball. We did a much better job of that in the second half and because of the ball movement we were able to win the half. Right now it is not about wins and loses. It's about getting better and building for the future."
The Lions hit just three free throws and an Ashley Hamilton lay-in over a span of 10 minutes at the close of the first half. Vernon Teel ended the stretch with a jumper at the buzzer to make it 35-21 at the break. The Lions had trailed by as many as 18 after David Carter hit a floater to make it 32-14 with 5:40 to play.
UC Davis built the lead on three-pointers, hitting seven of its 10 in the first half. At the under eight timeout the Aggies were 7-for-12 from long range while LMU was 6-for-12 from the field overall. UC Davis finished the game 10-for-25 from long range.
"We came out flat, playing three games in three days with a roster who has not played together," said Bayno. "We didn't guard the three very well at the start of the game. It was the game plan to stop the three and we didn't do it. With that said, we didn't give up."
Despite the slump, the Lions' held UC Davis to just three points in the final 5:40 and outscored the Aggies 7-3 to keep it within striking distance.
LMU shored up their defense at the close of the first half, helping them to find their team offense in the second half. It put them to within eight, 52-44, after Teel hit a pair of free throws with 9:05 to play. In that stretch the Lions drew four charges and managed to get the Aggies into the double bonus with more than 11 minutes to play.
"I was proud of how they worked to the very end. They did not give up. We won the half and showed improvement," said Bayno. "It is all about getting better."
Kyle Brucculeri, playing with four fouls, hit five straight points to push the lead back to 13, 57-44. Defense led one more push for LMU, holding the Aggies without a field goal the final 7:51 to play.
Kevin Young hit an 18-footer to make it 59-49 with 3:14 to play. The defense then created back-to-back turnovers to give LMU a chance at single digits. However, Jarred DuBois' three-pointer was short and Kevin Young was called for an offensive foul. Meanwhile the Aggies hit 7-of-9 free throws down the stretch to ice it.
Teel scored on a pair of three-point plays in the final two minutes to give him a season and game-high 23 points for the game. He led all scorers while adding six rebounds, going 9-for-14 from the charity stripe. However, no other Lion was in double digits. The freshman DuBois had nine points.
The difference early was UC Davis taking advantage of LMU miscues. The Aggies scored 23 points off 19 LMU turnovers. LMU had seven steals and forced UCD into 21 turnovers. The Lions managed just 10 points off the turnovers. The Lions finished shooting 41.9 percent (18-for-43) while UCD hit 20-for-39 (51.3 percent).
LMU returns home where things will not get any easier as the home opener at Gersten Pavilion will be Friday, Nov. 21 against No. 9 Notre Dame. The game tips at 7 p.m. It can be seen on Fox Sports Prime Ticket and hear on KXLU 88.9 FM.
World Vision Classic all-tournament team