Ireland Leads Lions in Virgin Islands Win
Senior scores 25 points to lead Lions to 76-70 win over Marist at the Paradise Jam
Nov. 23, 2013
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Senior Anthony Ireland scored 25 points with six assists to lead LMU to a 76-70 win over Marist in the second day of the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Lions, who trailed by 13 in the first half, used 60-percent shooting in the second half to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Ireland earned his 33rd 20-point game by scoring 18 of his game-high 25 in the second half. He finished 6-for-10 from the field, hitting 3-for-6 from long distance, while adding 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Freshman Gabe Levin had his sixth straight double-digit performance, scoring eight of his 11 points in the second half while missing a third straight double-double by a rebound, finishing with nine. Ben Dickinson also had 11.
Chavaughn Lewis scored 19 points to lead Marist (0-6), who hit just 38.2 percent (21-for-55) from the field but stayed close thanks to 22-for-28 shooting from the free throw line. LMU hit 50 percent from the field.
"We started slow. I thought we would not start in the press since we just played last night, but it back fired on us. We weren't in attack mode and it took us a bit to get going," said Head Coach Max Good, whose Lions are off to its best start since 2006-07. "Down the stretch we played with a lot of poise and made plays."
Marist jumped out a 20-7 lead in less than eight minutes on a Lewis three-pointer. However, the Lions tightened their defense and kept them to just 13 points the rest of the way to erase the lead. LMU posted a 15-2 run over the next seven minutes to tie the game at 22-22 on a lay-in by Ayodeji Egbeyemi, who finished with eight points.
"They really jumped out early, but we recovered well and shut them down the last 13 minutes or so of the first half," said Good. "Once we got going, we overcame some foul trouble early and got great production from our line-up. I thought Gabe really stayed focused to overcome foul trouble and Alex really was productive off the bench."
Alex Osborne had a season-high nine rebounds with four points in just 17 minutes.
Marist led 33-32 at the break and held a 40-38 lead just under six minutes into the second half. LMU would score the next six points and take a 44-40 lead on Ireland's three-pointer. They would never trail again.
"Alex was super productive on the glass. Gabe got his normal production despite sitting early with fouls and Anthony was huge, getting 25 points on just 10 shots," said Good. "We were very productive."
Holding a two-point lead, Levin hit a three-pointer to make it 53-48 with 10:12 to play. They would stretch it to eight, 55-63, on another Ireland three-pointer.
Marist cut the lead down to three, 67-64, when Ireland picked up his fourth foul and Lewis capitalized on a three-point play with 3:55 to play. A jumper by Evan Payne, who earned his first start of his career, another by Osborne with the shot clock at one and two free throws by Ireland, quickly put the lead back to eight, 73-65.
LMU will have an off day Sunday, and then play in the fifth-place game against Vanderbilt on Monday at 2 pm local time (6 pm in the Virgin Islands). The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and seen on ParadiseJam.com.