Men's Hoops Guts Out Overtime Win
Lions dominate pain and hit 11 straight free throws in regulation to help them earn 91-90 overtime win.
LOS ANGELES - In a game that featured 10 ties and 17 lead changes, LMU men's basketball outlasted the UIW in overtime, 91-90, on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion.
Brandon Brown led the Lions (5-3) with 24 points and a career-best eight rebounds, hitting 10-of-18 from the field. Buay Tuach had 14 of his 16 points in the second half and overtime while Stefan Jovanovic added 15 points and nine rebounds. Trevor Manuel, playing in his first game since transferring from Oregon a year ago, had 14 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals. All career-highs.
Simi Socks led all scorers with a career-high 28 points, hitting 9-for-15 from the field for UIW (5-5). Jordan Kite and Shawn Johnson added 17 each.
The Lions, trailing by eight with 2:28 to play, hit their last 11 free throws of regulation to force overtime. Then Tuach (six points) and Brown (five) scored all 11 points in overtime as the Lions used defense in the final seconds to win their third straight.
The Lions outscored the Cardinals 54-14 in the paint while UIW hit 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from three. The Lions were just 4-for-20 from long distance (20 percent). The Lions finished the game hitting 49.3 percent (34-for-69) from the field while UIW went for 44.6 percent (25-for-56). The Cardinal held an edge on the charity stripe, hitting 29-for-35 (82.9 percent) to LMU's 19-for-24 (79.2 percent).
GAMEDAY STORYLINES LMU used defense and free throws down the stretch to force overtime. They held UIW without a field goal the last 3:03 of regulation and hit 11 straight free throws to end regulation. Down eight, 76-68, the Lions scored six straight to make it 76-74 with 1:17 to play. UIW's Tyler Singleton then went one-for-two from the charity stripe to make it a three-point game. From there it was a free throw contest.
Up three on two occasions, UIW coach Ken Burmeister chose to foul the Lions in the final seconds. The first came with eight seconds left up 77-74. Tuach would hit both despite trying to miss the second to make it 77-76. Jalin Hart would then make both free throws to make it 79-76 with seven seconds left. The game then repeated itself with Tuach hitting both free throws despite trying to miss the second, making it 79-78 .
Hart was fouled again, but this time he missed the second free throw, giving UIW an 80-78 lead. Manuel, who was active for the first time since redshirting, calmly made both with two seconds left to force overtime.
UIW would take a three-point lead on three free throws from Kite to start overtime. The teams traded field goals before the Lions tied the game for the ninth time on a jumper by Brown and free throw from Tuach with 2:20 to play. After a Hart lay-up gave UIW the lead, 87-85, Tuach's running dunk in the lane that set-up a three -point play finally swung the momentum to the Lions. He hit the free throw to give the Lions the lead for good. LMU's defense would force two misses in the final seven seconds to preserve the win.
FROM COACH DUNLAP"First thing tonight was our ability to keep games close and give ourselves a chance to win," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "We have won three straight and our last two one-point games with our ability to keep fighting. It speaks very well of our team." Three of the Lions' last four games have been decided by one point. The Lions are 2-1 in those games.
"We are also getting better on the boards and we continue to develop our identity in making the extra pass until we can get the ball into the paint. That was very good for us tonight."
"This group really showed some guts to get our third win in a row."
UP NEXTThe Lions head on the road for the third and last time in non-conference to face Colorado State on Monday, Dec. 19 at 6 pm (PST).
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