Nov. 27, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Playing its fifth of six straight games on the road, LMU men's basketball overcame multiple demons, including just a 1-13 record in Long Beach all-time, to claim a big 80-77 overtime victory over Long Beach State at the Pyramid on Saturday night.
Drew Viney gave the Lions (3-4) the lead on a three-point play with 41 seconds remaining in overtime, 78-75, and after Long Beach State (3-3) cut the lead to one, Viney drew a charge, waiving off a basket by Eugene Phelps and giving the Lions the ball back.
Vernon Teel then hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to push the lead to three. T.J. Robinson's three-pointer was off at the buzzer as the Lions defeat the 49ers for the second straight season in overtime, winning 85-80 a year ago.
Viney and Teel were joined by Ashley Hamilton with double-doubles as five Lions were in double figures. Teel led the Lions with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Viney added 18 and 12. Hamilton added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Anthony Ireland added 12 points and six boards while Tim Diederichs came of the bench for 11 points.
"We did a good job in staying aggressive for most the game," said Head Coach Max Good. "We backed off a bit down the stretch, allowing them to force overtime. But we did a good of fighting through it and came away with a win."
Casper Ware led four 49ers in double figures with 18 points, while T.J. Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The 49ers tied the score with the first bucket of the second half as the game would be tied twice more before the Lions built a four-point lead, 50-46. LMU would then go on a 10-1 run to take its largest lead of the game, 13, on a lay-up by Hamilton.
Long Beach State would not go away, holding the Lions without a point for exactly five minutes while going on an 8-0 run, as Anderson's lay-in cut the lead to 62-57 with 1:38 to play.
Ireland would snap the run with a floater, putting LMU up 64-57 with 1:19 to play.
The Lions would then miss the front end of a one-and-one on two straight possessions and the 49ers made the Lions pay, as Plater hit a three-pointer with just three seconds left to send the game to overtime.
The lead would change hands six times and would be tied three times in the overtime frame before Viney gave the Lions the lead for good.
Rebounding once again favored the Lions, as they dominated the glass, outrebounding Long Beach State 53-40 and outscoring them on second-chance points, 24-15. The Lions finished the game hitting 47 percent from the field and held an opponent under 40 percent shooting for the fourth time this season, as Long Beach State finished hitting 38.2 percent.
With four turnovers in their first five possessions and five in the first five minutes, the Lions fell down seven, 11-4, after Anderson's dunk with 14:59 on the first half clock.
However, the Lions settled down, thanks in large part to their bench play from Diederichs. The redshirt junior scored 11 points in seven minutes, and tied the game at 19-19 on a lay-in with 8:13 to play in the half.
Diederichs' bucket would kick start a 15-4 LMU run and put the Lions up 33-23 with 2:24 to play on a lay-in by Hamilton. Long Beach State would close the half with a 10-2 run as LMU would go into the lockerroom up two, 35-33.
The Lions will conclude their six-game, three-week road trip at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Dec. 1, with tip-off set for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and through LMULions.com.
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