Men's Basketball

A March Beyond 2,000

Anthony Ireland
Anthony Ireland

Feb. 3, 2014

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LOS ANGELES -- The LMU men's basketball teams of the late 1980s set scoring records within the world of college basketball, that more than 20 years later, still remain untouched. Enter Anthony Ireland. He hits the final stretch of his four-year career, and the tradition of top scorers at LMU is making the point guard's march up the LMU record books even more head turning.

The senior from Waterbury, Conn., set the tone for his career by hitting his first three-pointer on his first attempt as a freshman on Nov. 12, 2010. The only player in history to do so. Since that day, he hasn't missed a single game and is putting his name all over the LMU record books because of it.

He hit a major milestone on Saturday, reaching the 2,000-point mark with his 15 first half points against Pepperdine. He is just the fifth Lion in LMU history to hit that plateau and the only one to not have played at one point for Paul Westhead.

His career has been more than just scoring, making claim to being one of the most complete players in LMU history. He needs eight more rebounds to be the only player in LMU history with more than 2,000 career points, 500 career assists, 150 career steals and 500 career rebounds.

He finished with 24 against the Waves, giving him 2,009 heading into the Family Weekend games. His march continues, as he sits one-point behind Bo Kimble for fourth all-time in LMU history. Here is a look at his climb up the scoring ladder.

3 Nov. 12, 2010 Morgan St. Gersten Pavilion Became the first Lion to hit his first three-point attempt in his first game
340 Mar. 5, 2011 Santa Clara Orleans Arena - Las Vegas

Scored 24 points against Santa Clara in WCC tournament, wrapping up his season with 340 points, 7th all-time for a freshman

361 Nov. 11, 2011 at UCLA LA Sports Arena

Scored 21 points with 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals as Lions defeated No. 17 UCLA to start a 21-win sophomore campaign.

888 March 2012 CIT Postseason Three Games

Averaged 23 points in the CIT Postseason Invitational, including 20 points and 10 assists against Damian Lillard and Weber State, to wrap-up a record sophomore year. He would be named LMU's first NABC All-District.

1,003 Nov, 23, 2012 vs. Texas St. Anchorage, AK

Scored 23 points with seven assists in win over Texas State at the Great Alaska Shootout to reach 1,000.

1,374 Feb. 9, 2013 at Gonzaga McCarthy Center

Scored 30 points against ninth-ranked Gonzaga and when he left the game was given an ovation by the Kennel fans.

1,482 Feb. 26, 2013 at Santa Clara Leavey Center Scored 23 points to crack into the career top-10 for scoring at LMU, moving ahead of Rick Adelman (1,425 points - 1965-68), Ed Bento (1,435 points - 1958-62) and Matthew Knight (1,466 points - 2003-07) in the process.
1,506 Mar. 2, 2013 BYU Gersten Pavilion

Reached 1,500 with a 24-point, 5-assist performance at Gersten Pavilion againt BYU in the regular season finale.

1,576 March 2013 WCC Tourney Orleans Arena Scored 70 points in four games, leading the Lions to an unprecedented three straight win in the WCC tournament, scoring 23 and the game winner with 5.8 left against Santa Clara in the quarterfinals, and 19 against No. 1 Gonzaga in the semifinals. Finished second in the WCC and 14th nationally with 20.2 ppg. He finished with 688 points, seventh all-time at LMU and is just the 15th time someone has scored at least 600 points in a single season in LMU history.
1,610 Nov. 8-9, 2013 USD Classic Jenny Craig Pavilion

Scored 34 points in first two games of senior season, going for 20 points and 12 assists against South Dakota St. to move past Luther Philyaw (1,581 points - 1972-76) and Mike Yoest (1,601 points - 1984-88) for 8th all-time.

1,711 Nov. 22-25, 2013 Paradise Jam U.S. Virgin Islands

Averaged 23 points in three games at the Paradise Jam to earn All-Tournament honors, moving him past Jim Haderlein (1,706 points - 1968-71) for 7th all-time in LMU history.

1,882 Jan. 4, 2014 at Santa Clara Leavey Center Set his career-high with a 34-point performance against the Broncos, adding seven assists to his third career 30-point game.
1,931 Jan. 16, 2014 Portland Gersten Pavilion

Moved past Jeff Fryer (1,922 points - 1986-90) for 6th all-time with 14 points against the Pilots.

1,985 Jan. 25, 2014 at Saint Mary's McKeon Pavilion Scored 11 straight points in four minutes to finish with 17 against the Gaels, moving past Keith Smith (1,980 points - 1982-86) for 5th all-time.
2,009 Feb. 1, 2014 at Pepperdine Firestone Fieldhouse His 15 first half points gave him 2,000 in his career, finishing with 24 against the rival Waves, putting him at 2,009 points, one behind Bo Kimble's 2,010 for 4th all-time in LMU history.

He earned his 116th start against Pepperdine, the most all-time in LMU history. He has done this while losing a tooth during a game, not missing a second in the process against Alaska-Anchorage; playing the season needing knee surgery as a junior; needing stitches in his lower lip during a game as a sophomore. He is at it again in 2013-14. As of Feb. 3, here is where he ranks all-time in LMU history:

Category Rank (stat) Category Rank (stat)
Total Points: 5th (2,009) Points Per Game: 16th (16.3 ppg)
Field Goals Made: 6th (685) Field Goals Attempted: 4th (1,642)
3PT FGs Made: 4th (182) 3PT FGs Attempted: 3rd (521)
3PT FG PCT: 21st (.349) FTs Made: 4th (457)
FTs Attempted: 5th (573) FT PCT: 20th (.798)
Rebounds: 27th (492) Assists: 3rd (512)
Assists Per Game: 10th (4.2 apg) Steals: 3rd (188)
Steals Per Game: 14th (1.5 spg) Games Played: 1st (123)
Games Started: 1st (116) Minutes: 1st (4,308)

The march continues at Gersten Pavilion this weekend. Five home games remain for Ireland and the Lions, starting with Family Weekend. Thursday's game will be International Student's night with a special recognition for LMU's international student-athletes at halftime.

On Saturday, the Lions' will host the annual Family Weekend Game featuring the Lions taking on Pacific. The action begins with a special tailgate party at 2 pm, followed by the game at 4 pm. Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members are invited to join their LMU student and other parents, faculty and staff for Family Weekend 2014! Families and students of all class years are encouraged to attend. The weekend will include activities for the whole family including meeting faculty such as your student's Dean, hearing from staff members in Study Abroad or Career Development Services, attending an LMU tailgate before our men's basketball game and enjoying brunch with our Jesuits.

A special rate of $15 is being offered for family members to the game against Pacific. If you have the promotional code, visit LMULions.com/Tickets to purchase. For more information, visit: Family Weekend.

 

 

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