Snowy Portland Next for LMU Hoops

The Lions face Portland on Saturday.
Jan. 13, 2017


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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Northwest road swing continues for LMU men’s basketball on Saturday, Jan. 14 when they head to snowy Portland to take on the Pilots at the Chiles Center. Tip-off is set for 7 pm and can be seen on ROOT Northwest, Comcast SportsNet and on TheW.tv out-of-market. The game will be live on KXLU 88.9 FM.

The Last Meeting
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Loyola Marymount78
February 6, 2016
Gersten Pavilion
Jacko's 35 Not Enough Against Pilot Three-Pointers
The offenses set the tone early in the second meeting between LMU and Portland. It was Portland's three-pointer that did the heavy lifting, hitting 15 to push them to a 92-78 win on Saturday afternoon.

Date | Time: Saturday, Jan. 14 | 7 pm (PT)
Where: Chiles Center | Portland, OR
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Live Broadcast: ROOT Northwest, CSN+ | TheW.tv (out-of-market)
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THE MATCH-UP

• The senior led Lions continue their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 8-8overall and 1-4 in the WCC. The Lions had their fourth one-point decision in the last eight match-ups on Jan. 5, falling to rival Pepperdine 71-70 at the buzzer. They have split the last two WCC match-ups, both breaking mold and not going to the buzzer. Eight of LMU’s last 13 games have been decided in the last 10 seconds of the game (record of 3-5). The Lions are 4-5 in games decided by less than seven points, going 2-2 in one-point games, 1-2 in three-point games, the five-point setback against BYU and the seven-point win over Southern Utah. Senior Buay Tuach led the Lions with 19 points against Gonzaga, adding four rebounds while going 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from three. He averages 11.7 ppg and is hitting 53.2 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three, ranked 11th and 13th in the WCC, respectively.

• Portland is 9-7 on the season and 2-2 in the West Coast Conference after falling to 21st-ranked Saint Mary’s, 74-33, on Saturday. The Pilots managed just nine first half points and finished the game shooting just 25 percent. They struggled to score in their other WCC loss, a 70-42 setback at Santa Clara on Jan. 5. They won their first two WCC games, defeating Pacific on the road, 80-76, on Dec. 29, and then at home over Pepperdine, 73-60, on Dec. 31. Senior Alec Wintering leads the Pilots with 19.9 points per game, going to the free throw line 102 times on the season. He is second in the league in scoring and in minutes played at 37.3 per game. Portland basketball icon Terry Porter was named head men’s basketball coach at Portland in April.

• This will be the 97th in the series between Portland and LMU. The series is tied at 48 wins each with the Pilots winning the last three, including a sweep last season. Portland had their game against Gonzaga on Jan. 7 postponed due to snow and had nearly a foot on Wednesday.

INSIDE THE LIONS

• The Lions are 8-8, 1-4 on the season after falling to No. 5 Gonzaga 93-55 on Thursday. The Lions won five of their last six games in non-conference and had a season-best four-game winning streak. The 66-56 win over Santa Clara snapped a three-game skid, two of which came in the final 10 seconds. Here is a look at the last month of the Cardiac season for the Lions:
  • Dec. 10 - LMU 69, CSUN 68 - Stefan Jovanovic hits a put-back with nine seconds remaining and Lions defense deflects shot at the buzzer for road win.
  • Dec. 17 - LMU 91, UIW 90 (ot) - Down eight in second half, Lions hit 11 straight free throws to end regulation, and defense holds on two UIW shots at the buzzer.
  • Dec. 19 - LMU 69, CSU 66 - LMU erases 10 point deficit in final nine minutes as Brandon Brown hits three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left for road win.
  • Dec. 22 - UTA 80, LMU 77 - LMU trailed by 9 with 6:30 to play and a pair of three-pointers at buzzer don’t fall.
  • Dec. 31 - BYU 81, LMU 75 - LMU led by 10 with 9:01 to play but TJ Haws hit back-to-back three- pointers, the second coming with 36 seconds to play, gave the Cougars the 79-76 lead. LMU had a chance to tie with 10 seconds left but the shot was blocked.
  • Jan. 5 - Pepperdine 71, LMU 70 - LMU led by seven with 7:54 to play but Waves hit put-back with 1.6 left for one-point win.

DEPTH: The Lions use their entire roster with the nine players used against No. 19 Saint Mary’s the fewest in any game this season, as they have used at least 10 in every other game. They used all 12 players on Dec. 31 against BYU, on Jan. 5 against Pepperdine and again Thursday against Gonzaga... The Lions used their eighth starting line-up against Santa Clara with Munis Tutu earning his first start of the season and Petr Herman starting at center. They went to their ninth line-up with Buay Tuach returning to the line-up and starting with Brown, Johansson, Johnson and Herman... Sophomore transfer Trevor Manuel, who became eligible on Dec. 17, led the Lions in the first two conference games. He had a career-best 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting in 22 minutes against Saint Mary’s. Against BYU, he went for 16 points and seven rebounds. In leading the Lions in both games over the opening weekend, Manuel was the seventh different Lion to lead the team in scoring this season. Six different Lions have led them in rebounding, including Manuel’s career-best seven against BYU. Stefan Jovanovic led the Lions in assists against Gonzaga, becoming the sixth player to lead the Lions in assists.

In the post, the Lions are outscoring opponents 544 to 427 in points in the paint the first 16 games. The best of the season came in a 54-14 edge in points in the paint against UIW. It is the widest margin on record in last 20 years. In the win over the Rams on Dec. 19. They are 7-4 when scoring more points in the paint than their opponent. They outscored Pepperdine 40-32 but No. 5 Gonzaga flipped the tables on the Lions, earning a 50-24 edge in the paint.

SENIORS: Brandon Brown and Stefan Jovanovic are two of five seniors pacing the Lions this season. Within the WCC, Brown is 14th in scoring (13.3 ppg) and 6th in assists (5.0 apg). He is also 4th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3). Jovanovic scored in double figures the last seven non-conference games, including a pair of career-highs in the process, and has double figures in 10 of the last 12 games. He ranks 23rd in scoring (10.7 ppg), 16th in rebounds (5.4) and 8th in shooting at 57.3 percent. He is also ranked 3rd in offensive rebounds at 2.6 and 8th in blocks at 0.9.

• Senior Buay Tuach continues to do a little of everything for the Lions, leading the Lions with those 19 points against Gonzaga, adding four rebounds. He ranks 21st in scoring (11.7 ppg), 11th in shooting (53.2%), 12th in assists (2.9 apg), 5th in steals (1.3 spg) and 13th in three-point percentage (41.4%). He did not play Saturday due to knee injury suffered against Pepperdine.

• Senior Shamar Johnson returned to the line-up after missing the last two games due to injury, scoring 10 points with six rebounds and a career-best six assists against BYU. He had 10 points and three rebounds against Pepperdine and went for 12 points and eight rebounds against Santa Clara. The Pensacola, Fla., native has become a leader for the Lions and is having his best season with 8.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg. He is 9th with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game. The final senior in the rotation, Kelvin Amayo, who was granted a sixth-year of eligibility by the NCAA, has been a big presence off the bench. In 18.5 minutes a game he is averaging 5.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.67 apg, and 0.80 spg. He had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against Santa Clara.

PROMOTIONS/UPNEXT

The Lions will return home to take on San Diego on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 pm. It is the annual Loyolan Bobblehead Night and the game is sponsored by the Runway of Playa Vista. Get tickets today for the Lions taking on the Toreros at Hanks House.


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