Dec. 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Head Coach Max Good has stressed rebounding as the key to whether LMU will have success this season. They had their best effort on the glass this season, out rebounding Morgan State by 23, and it led to success, giving the Lions a 79-62 win at Gersten Pavilion Thursday night.
The Lions grabbed 56 rebounds, including a season best 22 offensive rebounds to earn a 20-7 edge in second change points. It didn't hurt that the West Coast Conference's leading scorer, Anthony Ireland, had 27 points along with six rebounds and three assists.
LMU's three starting guards of Ireland, Chase Flint and Ayodeji Egbeyemi combined for 26 rebounds, including 10 each for Flint and Egbeyemi.
"When your three guards get you 26 rebounds, you are working hard. You don't see that very often. I was very proud of how we rebounded the ball tonight," said Good. "I was really worried about their athleticism, but we did a good job of staying active all night."
Senior Ashley Hamilton added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Lions, who used the boards to overcome 39.4 percent shooting, including just 313 in the second half. The Lions held Morgan State to 35.9 percent shooting and just 4-for-16 from three (25.0 percent).
In addition, the Lions held the Bears' leading scorer DeWayne Jackson, who entered the game averaging over 17 points per game, to just 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Justin Black led the Bears with 15 points.
Both teams started slow, combining to hit just one of the first nine shots. Morgan State led by two, 14-12, with the teams shooting an identical 5-for-14 from the field 35.7.
From that point the Lions went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-14 lead and they would never look back. Ireland had five points in the run and then a jumper by Ireland with 1:44 to play in the first half gave the Lions a 43-29 lead.
LMU would led by 10 at the break, 43-33, and would stretch it to 19, 68-49, on a lay-up by Ireland with just under seven minutes left in the game. Morgan State would use a late run to cut the lead to 10, 72-62, with 3:10 to play.
However, the Lions would not allow another point the rest of the way.
"Everyone of our guys was early for a practice late on Christmas day. Not a single excuse and they were here working hard. If they did not come here with that dedication, we would have had a long night," said Good. "I am really proud of how hard they worked."
LMU will play their final non-conference game of 2012 when they host CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The Lions defeated the Roadrunners in Bakersfield, Calif., on Nov. 17, 76-73. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and will be streamed on Lions' All-Access
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