Cardiac Lions Do It Again

Stefan Jovanovic and Brandon Brown provided a one-two punch for the Lions.
Dec. 19, 2016

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - LMU senior Brandon Brown hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 0.9 seconds left to earn the Lions a 69-66 come-from-behind victory over Colorado State at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo., on Monday night. The Lions (6-3), who trailed by 10 with nine minutes to play, earn their fourth straight win.

Brown, who had 24 points in the meeting between the two teams a year ago, finished with a game-high 22 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Senior Stefan Jovanovic had a career-high 21 points with eight rebounds, hitting 9-for-11 from the field. The Lions out-rebounded the Rams (8-4) 40-31, outscoring CSU 30-12 in the paint and 15-4 in second chance points.

Emmanuel Omogbo had 15 points to lead the Rams. Che Bob added 14.

With 9:04 to play, CSU's Bob hit a lay-up to give the Rams a 56-46 lead. The Lions then went on a 6-0 run, capped by Brown's three-pointer to make it 59-55 with 6:06 to play. The comeback would be completed when they posted a 5-0 run. Brown once again capped this one with a jumper, tying it at 62 with 3:55 to play.

Following a pair of free throws from CSU's Omogbo, the game would go more than two and a half minutes without a point. Trailing 64-62, Jovanovic would finally put points on the board with 55 seconds left. He was fouled and gave the Lions a 65-64 lead with the free throw. Kelvin Amayo then added to the lead with a free throw with 42 seconds left.

Bob would hit two free throws to tie the game, 66-66, with 31 seconds left, setting up Brown's game winner.


• The Lions continue to dominate the paint during their winning streak. They outscored CSU 30-12 and in the four wins have outscored opponents 154-85. On the season they are outscoring opponents 338 to 233.

• The Lions have won four in a row and four of their last five have been decided by a point or come down to the last play. They are 3-1 in those four games.


"We once again won the rebound battle. That was a big point for us and we did so by nine tonight," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "In the final 10 minutes we did a good job of limiting their field goals. Our execution under pressure was really good. And bottom line we found a way to win it."

"Everyone contributed tonight. We played against a proven opponent who has some big wins on their resume, including on the road against a Pac-12 team. This was a legitimate win for us on the road. We are learning how to win."



The stretch of Holiday Hoops at LMU begins on Thursday, Dec. 22 when the Lions host UT-Arlington at 7 pm. It is the first of four games during the two week stretch of holidays. It includes the sixth annual LMU Holiday Classic against Morgan State on Dec. 26 at 5 pm. The game is free and features $1 hot dogs. The Lions then open conference play to close 2016. And it begins with two at the top as the Lions host Saint Mary's on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8 pm and then BYU on the WCC Game of the Week on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1 pm.

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