Dec. 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Anthony Ireland had a double-double and senior Drew Viney returned to the line-up with a game-high 29 points to lead LMU to a 100-74 win over Vanguard in the final non-conference tune-up on Tuesday night at Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions, who begin West Coast Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 31 at San Francisco, dominated inside, outscoring Vanguard 50-24 in the paint, earning a 46-32 edge in rebounds while collecting six blocks.
Ireland earned his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists, giving him 21 assists in the last two games. Viney, healthy for the first time all season, returned to the line-up, hitting 9-for-18 from the field and 8-for-9 from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Lions hit the century mark for the third straight season as 11 different players had four or more points.
LMU used its defense to power their offense, especially in the second half. The Lions scored 25 points off turnovers, 15 in the second half. LMU had nine of their 12 steals in the second stanza, stretching a 12-point halftime lead to as many as 34 in the second half.
After going for just 45 points against Morgan State, the Lions led 45-33 at the break and then scored 55 in the second half, shooting 21-for-39 (53.9 percent) to push their total for the game to 47.9 percent (35-for-73).
Viney led the push. He went 2-for-6 in the first half, hitting 6-for-7 from the charity stripe and going 0-for-2 from the three-point line. He then went 7-for-12 from the field in the second half, hitting all three of his three-pointers.
The Lions will head to San Francisco on Saturday and then return home on Thursday, Jan. 5 to face BYU at 6 p.m. Both games can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
GAME NOTES: Anthony Ireland has put together back-to-back double-digit assist games for the first time in his career. His 21 assists in two games is the most by a Lion in back-to-back games in more than 15 years... Taylor Walker made his first appearance as a Lion, scoring four points in four minutes off the bench...
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