Nov. 23, 2012
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- LMU Head Coach Max Good called out his players after missing key rebounds in the first round of the 2012 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. In round two on Friday, the Lions rebounded in a big way. The Lions used a plus-16 edge on the boards to push them to a 78-63 victory over Texas State at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.
LMU's Ashley Hamilton earned a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Lions to 17 offensive rebounds and a 48-32 edge on the boards. The Lions then used a 57.1 percent shooting clip in the second half to extended a five-point lead at the break to the 15-point win.
The Lions improve to 3-2 on the season while Texas State falls to 2-3.
Junior Anthony Ireland continues to shine to start his third season, scoring 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting and earning his 1,000th career point in the process. He added seven rebounds and four assists to earn Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game. Ayodeji Egbeyemi was the third Lion in double digits with 18 points and six rebounds.
"You can't win if you don't rebound," said Head Coach Max Good. "Tonight we really did a good job on the glass early and it set the tone. Our guys worked for every loose ball and we were rewarded for it. We did a good job against a very tough team."
After shooting just 33.3 percent in the first half, the Lions led 33-28 at the break. They then had another second half offensive push with 45 in the second frame while holding Texas State to just 34.4 percent shooting on the night.
"In addition to our rebounding, we were much more aggressive on defense," said Good. "I was really disappointed on how we played defense Thursday, but tonight we did much better and it was a key to our offense really getting into a good flow."
The Lions finished forcing 14 turnovers on 10 steals and had a 22-12 edge in points off turnovers.
The Lions led 35-33 after a Texas State free throw just two minutes into the second half. The Lions then went on a 8-1 run to go up 43-34 on an Ireland jumper. LMU would push the lead to a dozen, 53-41, on an Egbeyemi jumper with 11:14 on the clock.
A 9-3 run by Texas State trimmed the lead to six, 56-50, on a Joel Wright jumper with 8:55 to play.
The Lions then rattled off seven straight to make it 63-50 on Ireland free throws with 6:59 to play. Texas State had one more push, getting the lead down to seven, 67-60, but the Lions would go on a 11-0 run over the next two minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Lions will play in the consolation final against host Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. (PT). Listen to the game live on KXLU 88.9 FM and through LMULions.com
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