Another One-Game Stop at Home
In a stretch where six of eight games are on the road, Lions make a brief stop home to face Pacific Thursday.
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LOS ANGELES - LMU men’s basketball continues their current road-dominated stretch in West Coast Conference with one of its brief stops home. The Lions, who are in a stretch where six of eight are away from Gersten Pavilion, will host Pacific at #HANKSHOUSE on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 pm. The game can be seen on TheW.tv and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
|Date | Time:||Thursday, Jan. 26 | 7 pm (PT)|
|Where:||Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|GAME PREVIEW:||LMU Game Notes|
|The Match-up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
PAC: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online|
|Live Stats:||StatBroadcast | GAMETRACKER|
|GameDay Info:||GAMEDAY CENTRAL | BUY TICKETS | COMING TO LMU|
THE MATCH-UP• The senior led Lions continue their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 9-10 overall and 2-6 in the WCC. The Lions had their sixth one-point decision in the last 11 match-ups on Jan. 21, falling to Santa Clara as Jared Brownridge drilled a 25-footer with two seconds left for a 64-63 win. Ten of LMU’s last 16 games have been decided in the last 10 seconds of the game (record of 4-6), the Lions fell to 5-7 in games decided by less than eight points, falling to USD on Thursday, 69-62. They are 3-3 in one-point games, 1-2 in three-point games, the five-point setback against BYU and a seven-point win over Southern Utah.
• Pacific is 8-13 overall and 2-6 in WCC play under first-year Head Coach Damon Stoudamire. The Tigers have lost three straight, falling to BYU at home on Feb. 21, 62-47. The Tigers defeated Pepperdine at home, 79-74, and San Diego, 56-53, on the road for their two WCC wins. The win at San Diego on Jan. 5, 2017 is their only win away from Stockton in nine tries. As one of the better rebounding teams in the WCC (+4.0 margin, ranking 4th), the Tigers are balanced. T.J. Wallace and Ray Bowles led the team in scoring at 13.1 and 13.0 points per game respectively. Jack Williams and Anthony Townes led them in rebounding at 6.5 per game each.
• This will be the 55th meeting between LMU and Pacific. The road team has had the edge in the last 10 meetings between the two programs, each winning the last five games on the other team’s floor. The series is even at 27 wins each, with LMU tying up the series in the last meeting, a 77-72 win in Stockton on Feb. 11, 2016. The Lions’ posted a 14-1 run to close the game to overcome an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes.
PROMOTIONS/UPNEXT• This coming week in West Coast Conference action, both the LMU men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a single home game, and the action in Gersten Pavilion will be dedicated to the fight against cancer. The game against Pacific is the Coaches Vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers game. The coaching staffs of both teams will wear sneakers on game day in support of the fight against cancer, with fundraising efforts taking place to support the American Cancer Society. Fans can donate during the game with computer stations located in the lobby. During the game, the official student group of the LMU Lions, THE CAGE, will donate $50 for every three-pointer the Lions hit in the game against Pacific. The game is also Greek Org night. Come out and support the Greeks as they battle during timeouts and halftime in special contests, with cash prizes going towards the American Cancer Society.
• The Lions will then play their next three on the road, traveling to BYU on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a 6 pm (PT) start. The game can be seen on BYUtv. The Lions will end the road-heavy portion of the WCC schedule when they go to San Diego on Feb. 2 and then the first meeting of the season at San Francisco on Feb. 4.
INSIDE THE LIONS• The Lions are 9-10, 2-6 on the season after falling to Santa Clara, 64-63, Saturday, the team’s sixth one-point game. 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.
- Jan. 21 - Santa Clara 64, LMU 63 - Jared Brownridge hit a 25-foot three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to lift the Broncos to the thrilling win.
• DEPTH: The Lions get the most out of their 12 active players, using their 11th starting line-up on Thursday against San Diego. Against Portland, the Lions’ went smaller, starting Brandon Brown, Erik Johansson, Buay Tuach, Steven 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 returned, coming off the bench, against Santa Clara... The Lions used “just” just nine players on Jan. 14 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 Jan. 12 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 14th in scoring (13.3 ppg) and 7th in assists (4.4 apg). He is also 7th in steals per game (1.16) and 6th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).
• 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 had a team-high 13 points at Santa Clara, going 5-for-7 from the field, hitting all three of his three-point attempts. He ranks 20th in scoring (11.6 ppg), 11th in shooting (53.8%), 9th in three-point shooting (43.1%), and 5th in steals (1.22 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 8.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg. He is 19th in the WCC in rebounds and 7th with 2.0 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 29th in scoring (9.7 ppg), 18th in rebounds (5.3) and 10th in shooting at 54.1 percent. He is also ranked 4th in offensive rebounds at 2.5 and 8th 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 5.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.72 apg, and 0.83 spg. He had nine points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal against Santa Clara on Jan. 7, 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 644 to 523 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 on Jan. 7 was the eighth time this season the Lions have held an opponent under 70 points. They did it for the ninth and 10th time last week, falling to 7-3 in those games. In addition, they held the Broncos to 36.8 percent from the field in that first meeting. 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, 8-2 when out-rebounding the opponent.
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