Quick Turnaround for WCC Game of the Week

The Lions are back on the road Saturday for WCC Game of the Week.
Jan. 20, 2017

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SANTA CLARA - It will be a quick turnaround in several aspects as LMU men’s basketball heads to Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 21 for the WCC Game of the Week. The match-up will complete the season series as the rematch comes just two weeks after their first meeting on Jan. 7 in Los Angeles. And with the Game of the Week on Spectrum SportsNet, tip-off is set for 1 pm, just 36 hours after both teams completed their Thrusday night match-ups. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.

The Last Meeting
Santa Clara56
Loyola Marymount66
January 7, 2017
Gersten Pavilion
Perimeter Defense Pushes Win
LMU men's basketball held Santa Clara to just 36.8 percent shooting, helping them to a 66-56 win in West Coast Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions (8-7, 1-3) outscored the short-handed Broncos (8-9, 2-2) 39-2 off the bench and 36-18 in points in the paint.

Date | Time: Saturday, Jan. 21 | 1 pm (PT)
Where: Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA
GAME PREVIEW: LMJ Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Live Broadcast: Spectrum SportsNet, CSN California, ROOT Northwest, ROOT Rocky Mountain | TheW.tv (out-of-market)
RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online
Live Stats: StatBroadcast


The Lions are back home on Thursday, Jan. 26 for the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers game against Pacific at 7 pm. Join the Lions for a special Greek Org Night (it is recruitment week) and opportunities to give to the American Cancer Society. It will be a special night, so join LMU on Thursday, Jan. 26 as the Lions take on Pacific.


• The senior led Lions continue their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 9-9 overall and 2-5 in the WCC. The Lions had their fifth one-point decision in the last 10 match-ups on Jan. 14, defeating Portland 79-78 as Brandon Brown’s reverse lay-in with five seconds proved to be the winner. Nine of LMU’s last 15 games have been decided in the last 10 seconds of the game (record of 4-5). And the Lions fell to 5-6 in games decided by less than eight points, falling to USD on Thursday, 69-62. They are 3-2 in one-point games, 1-2 in three-point games, the five-point setback against BYU and a seven-point win over Southern Utah.

• Santa Clara is in the middle of a four-game homestand, falling to No. 5 Gonzaga, 88-57, on Thursday. They will face BYU and Saint Mary’s next week. Following the 66-56 setback to the Lions on Jan. 7, they defeated San Diego and Pepperdine to complete a three-game road swing. They are 10-10 overall and 4-3 in WCC play. Jared Brownridge continues to lead the Broncos with 18.2 ppg, ranking fourth in the WCC.

• This will be the 149th meeting in the series between LMU and Santa Clara. It is the second longest series in program history, with only the Pepperdine rivalry logging more games. The first meeting of the season two weeks ago saw the Lions outlast a short-handed Bronco squad, 66-56. The Lions held Brownridge to to just 1-for-11 from the field and held them to 36.8 percent shooting. The Lions post play dominated as Stefan Jovanovic and Shamar Johnson led the Lions with 14 and 12, respectively. The Lions outscored Santa Clara 36-18 in the paint.


* The Lions are 9-9, 2-5 on the season after falling to San Diego, 69-62, Thursday. Here is a look at some of the latest buzzer beaters from 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.
  • Jan. 14 - LMU 79, Portland 78 - Down five with 55 seconds to play, the Lions forced back-to-back turnovers, got a jumper from Brandon Brown, an offensive put-back by Kelvin Amayo, the game-winner lay-up from Brown with five seconds left and a block by Shamar Johnson at the buzzer to pull out the win.

• DEPTH: The Lions get the most out of their 12 active players, using their 11th starting line-up on Saturday against Portland. Against Portland, the Lions’ went smaller, starting Brown, Johansson, Tuach, Steve Haney Jr. at the four and Shamar Johnson at the five for their 10th starting line-up. Kelvin Amayo earned the start Thursday against San Diego in place of Johansson, who suffered a concussion in practice during the week. He is likely out Saturday against Santa Clara... The Lions used “just” just nine players on Saturday against Portland, just the second time they have used less than 10 in a game. They used nine players against No. 19 Saint Mary’s on Dec. 29. They used all 11 available players against the Toreros and used all 12 players on Dec. 31 against BYU, on Jan. 5 against Pepperdine and again Thursday against Gonzaga... Senior Kelvin Amayo led the Lions against USD with 17 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. In leading the Lions in all three categories, he was the seventh different Lion to have led the team in rebounding, seventh player to lead the Lions in assists and seven have led them in scoring.

• SENIORS: Brandon Brown, Buay Tuach, Stefan Jovanovic, Shamar Johnson and Kelvin Amayo are the five seniors leading the way this season for the Lions. Brown leads the way at point, sitting is 13th in scoring (13.4 ppg) and 7th in assists (4.6 apg). He is also 9th in steals per game (1.11) and 6th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).

• 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 followed that with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a pair of big steals against Portland. He ranks 20th in scoring (11.5 ppg), 11th in shooting (52.9%), 14th in assists (2.6 apg), and 5th in steals (1.24 spg).

• Senior Shamar Johnson returned to the line-up after missing the non-conference finale and the WCC opener. He returned by 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. He led the Lions with a career-equalling nine rebounds in win over Portland, adding 11 points. The Pensacola, Fla., native has become a leader for the Lions and is having his best season with 8.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He is 19th in the WCC in rebounds, 15th in shooting percentage (49.2%) and 8th with 1.9 offensive rebounds per game.

• Rounding out the LMU senior class is a pair of transfers. Stefan Jovanovic scored in double figures the last seven non-conference games, including a pair of career-highs in the process. He ranks 28th in scoring (9.9 ppg), 18th in rebounds (5.3) and 9th in shooting at 55.0 percent. He is also ranked 3rd in offensive rebounds at 2.7 and 7th in blocks at 1.00. 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 19.1 minutes a game he is averaging 6.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.59 apg, and 0.82 spg. He had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against Santa Clara, and had a big offensive put-back in the final 30 seconds to help Lions in comeback win over Portland.

• In the post, the Lions are outscoring opponents 622 to 501 in points in the paint the first 18 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. They are 8-4 when scoring more points in the paint than their opponent. They outscored Portland 36-32 and San Diego 42-28 in the paint.

• The 56 points allowed to Santa Clara was the eighth time this season the Lions have held an opponent under 70 points. They did it for the ninth time in the 69-62 setback to USD, falling to 7-2 in those games. In addition, they held the Broncos to 36.8 percent from the field. They then held Portland to 42.1 percent shooting, the ninth and 10th opponent the Lions held to under 45% shooting in a game, improving to 8-2 in those games. The Lions are 8-1 when shooting better than their opponent, 8-1 when out-rebounding them and 7-2 when scoring more second chance points. The outscored USD 11-10 in second chance points.

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