Feb. 3, 2013
The Last Meeting
January 16, 2013
San Diego, CA
Run Gives Lions Road Setback
After posting a 19-0 run last week, LMU saw it happen to them as San Diego used an 18-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 78-68 win over the Lions at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Wednesday night.
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LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball longest homestand of the season concludes on Monday, Feb. 4 when the Lions begin the second half of West Coast Conference play against San Diego at 7 pm. Both teams are coming of setbacks to No. 7 Gonzaga, LMU on Thursday and San Diego on Saturday. Monday's game is on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions are 8-13 overall, 1-7 in the WCC after falling to No. 7 Gonzaga on Thursday. Anthony Ireland continues to pace the Lions at 19.9 points per game, ranking second in the WCC and 15th nationally as of Jan. 30. He was the Lions only scorer in double figures with 19, hitting 5-for-10 from three against Gonzaga. Ireland is on pace to post the highest scoring average since Terrell Lowery led the WCC with 26.0 ppg. In addition to scoring, he ranks in the top-15 in eight other statistical categories in the WCC, including rebounds (14th), assists (7th) and steals (5th). He is also seventh in the WCC in free throw percentage (.803) and tops in WCC only games (89.5 percent), having missed just for the fourth time Thursday, snapping atreak of 24 straight. Ireland has been featured in some multimedia segments the past couple weeks, check them out:
- WCC This Week Segment via YouTube.com/WCCSports
- LMU Magazine inside look "Ice Man" via Magazine.LMU.edu
Senior Ashley Hamilton is having his best season as a Lion, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds in the first meeting against San Diego, giving him a thousand points and 500 rebounds in his career, the 14th player in program history to reach those milestones. He is averaging 14.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg in his final season, ranking 12th and 8th, respectively, within the WCC.
All about shooting: The Lions have had five games when hitting better than 50 percent from three and hold a 4-1 record in those games. They did it in their WCC win over the Broncos, hitting 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) from long range, going 6-for-8 in the second half. SInce then it has been a struggle. During the four-game skid, the Lions have shot a combined 33.7 percent (93-276) from the field, including a 28.3 percent clip against USF on Jan. 19 and a 25 percent outing on Thursday against the Zags (the lowest since shooting 21.2 percent at Portland on Jan. 21, 2010). Its been even more of a struggle from long range, as the Lions where ranked fourth in the WCC in three-point shooting following the Santa Clara game at 37.5 percent. In the five games since, the Lions have shot just 27-for-112 from three (24.1 percent ) and are now ranked seventh at 33.7 percent.
Charity Stripe: Since the start of conference play, the Lions have started to climb in the rankings in free throw shooting. They have shot better than 80 percent in four games, going 21-for-25 in the win over Santa Clara and 21-for-24 at San Diego. They are hitting 77.3 percent in conference play (ranked second) and are now ranked fourth overall in the league at 71.3 percent.
Juniors Ayodeji Egbeyemi and Alex Osborne have made an impact for the Lions with their best seasons at LMU. Egbeyemi, who along with Ireland has played and started every game this season, is ranked 23rd in the leauge, scoring 10.6 points per game, and is ninth in rebounding at 6.0 per game. He is also 9th in three-pointers made (1.6 pg), 15th in blocked shots (0.67 bpg) and is fourth in minutes played at 33.4. As for Osborne, he has started the last 12 games and has made an impact in the post. He is 11th in the league in steals and second on the team with 29 (1.38 spg). He is also 13th in blocked shots with 13. He went for 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and three blocks against Pepperdine on Jan. 24.
AT THE POINT
Junior Anthony Ireland entered the 2012-13 season on the Lou Henson Player of the Year watch list and was named to the Lou Henson Award Preseason All-American Team. He also was named Preseason All-WCC and as a junior is one of the most experienced players on the LMU roster, having played every single game the Lions have played since he arrived LMU, playing 86 games with 79 starts entering the Gonzaga game. He has 418 points, 83 assists and 34 steals to lead the Lions in 2012-13, giving him 1,306 points (ranked 16th all-time at LMU), 346 assists (9th all-time) and 123 steals (15th all-time) in his career. He became the 33rd Lion to score 1,000 in a career in the game against North Texas and earned his fourth career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at SMU. He had his 23rd game with at least 20 points, going for 29 in the win over Santa Clara and 22 against Portland. The Lions are 14-9 in games when he goes over 20 points. He was the only Lion to play every game last season and was second in the WCC in minutes played at 36.5 per game and he is averaging a league best 36.7 this season. The first-team All-WCC and NABC All-District selection was second in the WCC in scoring at 16.1 points per game and fourth with 4.9 assists per contest. He earned two WCC Player of the Week honors as a sophomore and was the second Lion since 1998 to earn a double-double with points and assists.
INSIDE THE GAME
This will be the 85th meeting between LMU and San Diego, and the series has been pretty much even since it began in 1956 with the Lions holding a 43-42 edge. The teams split last season and the Toreros won the first meeting this season on Jan. 16 in San Diego, 78-70. LMU and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) continues to take t-shirts for the Clothes-For-Souls program. Bins are located throughout Gersten Pavilion and fans are encourage to bring lightly used t-shirts and clothing during the 2012-13 basketball season. In addition, Monday's game is E.I.S. Night at the Game and is sponsored by EIS and The ROAR. IB Modern is performing at halftime and St. Monica High School Choir will perform the National Anthem.
THE FIRST MEETING
San Diego used an 18-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a 78-68 win over the Lions at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Wednesday night... The balanced Toreros had 10 players score, four in double figures. They were led by Johnny Dee with 15 points as the Toreros finished 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from three, hitting 8-for-19. The Lions hit 41.5 percent, going 5-for-18 from long range after starting 1-for-11... Anthony Ireland led all scorers with a hard-earned 19 points, hitting 7-for-16 from the field and not hitting his only three-pointer until 19 seconds left in the game. Ayodeji Egbeyemi added 14 and Ashley Hamilton 15... LMU had 17 turnovers that equated into a 23-12 edge in points off turnovers for the Toreros. San Diego also had 18 offensive rebounds, turning into 17 points. The Lions had 15 offensive boards for 15 points... Bruce English gave LMU a 30-25 lead with 6:10 to play as the Lions were 11-for-19 from the field (57.9 percent). That would be it for the next 10 minutes. San Diego would go on a 10-0 run to end the half, hitting their fourth and fifth three-pointer of that half to give them a 35-30 lead. The run would stretch to 18-0 with the first eight points of the second half as San Diego took a 43-30 lead. Okonji's three-point play with 16:24 to play ended the run. The Lions shot 0-for-9 with eight turnovers during the Toreros' run. The Lions would cut it to eight several times just to see San Diego hit all 10 of their free throw attempts in the final 51 seconds.
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