Team Effort Leads to Runaway Win
Six players score in double figures as Lions post 81-61 win over Northern Arizona.
Nov. 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU had six players in double figures as the Lions played its best team basketball of the young season in defeating Northern Arizona 81-61 at Gersten Pavilion Saturday night.
The Lions (3-2) finished the game with a season-high 21 assists on 30 field goals as the Lions set a season-high in points while holding NAU (2-4) to just 36.5 percent from the field.
"This was a complete team effort," said Head Coach Max Good. "We stressed the last couple days the need to move the ball in our offense. We are a much better team when we move the ball. We did a very good job of getting the right player the open shot."
Jarred DuBois led the six-pack of Lions in double digits with a season-high 17 points. He also had season-best six rebounds and six assists. LaRon Armstead came off the bench to score 11 points, hitting 3-for-5 from the three-point line. C.J. Blackwell, Ayodeji Egbeyemi, Godwin Okonji and Quincy Lawson had 10 points each.
The Lions opened the game with an early 10-point lead, 19-9, thanks to a three-pointer by Egbeyemi with 13:31 to play in the first half.
However, NAU, who was led by freshman James Douglas' 16 points, went on a 12-0 run to turn a 21-11 deficit into a 23-21 lead. NAU held the Lions scoreless over 5:19 to take the lead.
The lead would change hands multiple times, including back-to-back three-pointers by Armstead and then Douglas to give NAU the 28-26 lead with 4:52 to play.
However, the Lions would take the game over thanks to a 12-0 run to regain the double digit lead. The Lions finished the first half on a 19-4 run en route to taking a 45-32 lead into the locker room.
"We stopped sharing the basketball and passing the ball within our offense," said Good. "And it allowed them to get back into the game. I thought we showed good composure to settle ourselves and then push the lead back to double digits at the break."
NAU managed to cut the lead to nine with four straight points out of the lockerroom. After regaining the double-digit lead, the Lions went on a 12-4 run late to take their largest lead of the game, 81-59, on a pair of DuBois three pointers.
The Lions finished the game outrebounding NAU 49-34, grabbing 21 offensive boards in the process. Rebounding was also a team effort, as seven players had five or more rebounds on the game. Alex Osborne, Okonji, DuBois and Egbeyemi all had six while Blackwell, Lawson, and Armstead had five.
LMU continues their six-game homestand with Saint Louis on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The game against the Billikens will be broadcast on LMULions.com and on the radio at KXLU 88.9 FM. The Billikens are 5-0 and playing in the 76 Classic Title game on Sunday after defeating Villanova on Nov. 25. They are on pace to be ranked in the top-25 next week after receiving votes this past week.
GAME NOTES: LMU reached the 20-assist plateau (21) for the first time this year.... The Lions reached 20 assists three times last year, including 21 most recently versus Pepperdine on February 16 ... LMU had six players reach double-figures in scoring for the first time since defeating Seattle University, 104-89, on December 20, 2009 (Teel - 24, DuBois - 21, Viney - 19, Young - 15, Armstead - 11, Hamilton - 10) ... Season-high 49 rebounds were the most since LMU posted 49 against Seattle on January 31, 2011 ... Lions achieved season-best 14 assists in the first half of the game alone ... Quincy Lawson set a career-high with 10 points... Bruce English had a career-high seven points in his second game as a Lion... C.J. Blackwell had a career-high 10 points and five rebounds.