Sweet Home Reversal
Men's basketball returns home for first time in three weeks and defeats Cal Poly by 19 Saturday night.
Dec. 4, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - LMU returned home for the first time in three weeks and posted a 67-48 win over Cal Poly at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night. It was the second meeting in 10 days between the two as LMU improves to 4-5 on the season while Cal Poly drops to 3-4.
The Lions, who shot just 30 percent and turned the ball over 16 times in scoring 48 points in a setback at Cal Poly on Nov. 24, shot 45 percent and turned the ball over a season-low six times to earn the 19-point win. It was a season-low for the Lions' defense, holding Cal Poly to the 48 points on 36.2 percent shooting.
"I hate excuses, but we really have been thin due to injuries, and have been between a rock and a hard place in deciding whether to be aggressive and really go after it in practice or to pull back a bit," said Head Coach Max Good. "We threw caution to the wind, and went back to boot camp defensively in practice this week. We felt we weren't going to win much of anything if we didn't start to get offense from our defense. We did a good job of that tonight."
Four Lions scored in double figures, led by the guard duo of Vernon Teel and Anthony Ireland with 14 each. Tel added eight rebounds and five assists, while Ashley Hamilton scored 12 points with eight rebounds and LaRon Armstead came off the bench for 11 points.
Cal Poly's Malik Love led all scorers with 16 points.
The Lions used early defense to build a first-half lead, holding Cal Poly to just two points for the first 7:13 of the game in taking an 11-2 lead.
Godwin Okonji, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds, would hit a lay-in on a post entry pass from Ashley Hamilton to give the Lions a 24-13 lead, their largest of the game, with 5:08 to play in the first half. The Lions held Cal Poly to just 29.2 percent shooting in the first frame to lead by eight at the break, 29-21.
Cal Poly, however, scored the first five points of the second half to cut the lead to three, 29-26 after a three-pointer by Shawn Lewis just over a minute into the frame.
The Lions then went on a 9-1 run to get the lead back to 11. Teel benefited from a Davis steal and pass, scoring on on fastbreak lay-in to make it 38-27 with 13:20 to play.
LMU's run would grow to 16-3 when Larry Davis extended the lead to 16, 45-29, with a three-pointer at the 10:02 mark.
For the eighth time this season the Lions outrebounded their opponent, posting a +16 edge on the boards and outscoring Cal Poly in second chance points, 12-2.
LMU continues a four-game homestand on Tuesday when they face Sacramento State at 7:30 p.m. Its part of a basketball doubleheader with the women, who take on Cal State Fullerton starting at 5 p.m. Both games can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.