Family Weekend Match-up Next for Lions

Lions host Family Weekend Game on Saturday for the WCC Game of the Week.
Feb. 10, 2017

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LOS ANGELES - Up next for LMU men’s basketball is the annual Family Weekend Game on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Lions take on Portland Pilots for the WCC Game of the Week, with tip-off set for 1 pm. The action starts with the Pregame Tailgate Celebration at 11 am, followed by WCC This Week live from Gersten Pavilion at 12. The game can be seen on Spectrum SportsNet, ROOT Northwest/Rocky Mountain and Comcast Bay Area. It will also be streamed out-of-market on TheW.tv and heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.

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Date | Time: Saturday, Feb. 11 | 1 pm
Where: Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA
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The Last Meeting
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January 14, 2017
Portland, OR
Brown, Cardiac Lions Get Another Win
Down five with 52 seconds to play, LMU men's basketball turned up the defensive pressure and put themselves in yet another buzzer-beater. Brandon Brown's reverse lay-up with five seconds to play claimed LMU a 79-78 win at Portland in West Coast Conference action Saturday night.

THE MATCH-UP

• Senior led LMU continues their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 11-13 overall and 4-9 in the WCC. The last three WCC games have broke the mold as they defeated San Diego by 19 and fell to USF and Gonzaga. On the season, the Lions have seen 11 of their games decided in the last 10 seconds of the contest (record of 4-7). LMU has played 14 games decided by eight points or less, going 6-8 in those contests after the eight-point setback at BYU on Jan. 28, 85-77. LMU is 3-3 in one-point games, 1-2 in three-point games, the five-point setback against BYU (Dec. 31), the 79-73 win over the Tigers on Jan. 26, and 1-1 in seven-point games.

• After winning their first two games of WCC play, they have dropped their last 11, including a 51-41 setback to No. 20 Saint Mary’s Thursday. They are 9-16 overall and 2-11 in the WCC. They have played the last seven games without leader Alec Wintering, who was lost for the season with an ACL injury. Wintering led the Pilots with 19.5 points per game and 101 assists. Jazz Johnson has picked up the pace, averaging 15.7 points per contest and sitting second on the team with 60 assists. Gabe Taylor leads the Pilots with 5.4 rebounds per game and adds 11.9 points per game.

• This will be the 98th meeting between LMU and Portland, with the series coming in nearly dead even as the Lions lead 49-48 thanks to their 79-78 come-from-behind win on Jan. 14 in Portland. Down five with 52 seconds to play, LMU turned up the defensive pressure and forced Portland into three turnovers the final 90 seconds, used a 6-0 run in the final minute, including a reverse lay-up by Brandon Brown with five seconds left to claim a 79-78 win at Portland. LMU (9-8, 2-4) was led by Steven Haney Jr. with 18 points, including a 4-for-5 effort from three. Brandon Brown had 16 points with Buay Tuach adding 15 points and eight rebounds. Shamar Johnson chipped in 11 with a team-best nine rebounds. Portland (9-8, 2-3) was led by Alex Wintering with 22 points in playing all 40 minutes. Jazz Johnson added 14 and Rashad Jackson scored 11.

CARDIAC LIONS

• 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 roster, using all 12 active players the last four games against BYU, USD, USF and Gonzaga. They used 11 players in the win over Pacific on Jan. 26. They have had 11 different starting line-ups, and went back to the third starting line-up of the season against GU, starting Brandon Brown, Steven Haney, Buay Tuach, Shamar Johnson and Petr Herman...
• 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. In conference they have used all 12 players six times, the other three include Dec. 31 against BYU, on Jan. 5 against Pepperdine and again Jan. 12 against Gonzaga...
• Herman was a bright point for the Lions in getting the start on Thursday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assits, a steal and career-best five blocks. They have had nine different players lead them in assists and seven different Lions have led the team in scoring. Jovanovic led the Lions with 13 rebounds against USF, the most by a Lion this season. It equalled a career-high for the senior.

NUMBERS
• Junior Steven Haney Jr., a 2016 WCC All-Academic Selection and NABC Allstate Good Works team nominee, hit 4-of-5 three-pointers on Thursday against Gonzaga, giving him 120 three-pointers in his career, ranking 12th all-time in LMU history. He needs one more to tie for 11th with Ennoch Simmons (1985-89). He is ranked 8th in the WCC with 2.0 three-pointers per game...
• The Lions force a league-high 14.5 turnovers per game and are 3rd in the WCC with a +1.5 turnover margin. They are also 2nd in the WCC with 7.0 steals and 3rd with 3.9 blocks per game. Petr Herman had five blocks against Gonzaga on Feb. 9, equaling the season-high within the WCC this season. He is one of just nine players in LMU history to have five or more in a game, and it has happened six times since 2010. Silvester Kainga set the record with seven on Dec. 2, 1998 against CSU Fullerton...
• The Lions 14 steals against BYU on Jan. 28 was a season-high, and second best in the WCC this season. The 23 forced turnovers was also the most on the season...The 53 points allowed to San Diego on Feb. 2 was one of 11 times the Lions have held an opponent under 70 points. They are 8-3 in those games... In addition, they held the USD to 39.1 percent from the field the 12th opponent the Lions held to under 45% shooting in a game, improving to 10-2 in those games. The Lions are 10-1 when shooting better than their opponent, 9-3 when out-rebounding the opponent, out-rebounding both USD, 30-25, and USF, 39-38, last week….
• The Lions shot 53.1 percent from the field on the Feb. 2 win over USD, hitting over 50 percent for the sixth time this season. They went better than 50% from the field in back-to-back games, hitting 52.3 percent against Boise State after going for a season-best 57.4 percent in the win over Portland State. It is the first time the Lions have posted back-to-back games over 50 percent since December of 2009. LMU shot 50 percent or better just twice all of last year.

SENIORS:
Brandon Brown, Buay Tuach, Stefan Jovanovic, Shamar Johnson and Kelvin Amayo are the five seniors leading the way this season for the Lions. In addition, to his 18-point performance on Feb. 2 against USD where he hit a career-best 4-for-8 from three in leading the Lions in points (18), rebounds (6), assists (6) and steals (2), Brown had his sixth 20-point game of the season with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting in the win over Pacific. Tuach led the Lions with a career 16 points and eight rebounds at USF.
• Brown leads the way at point, sitting is 12th in scoring (13.6 ppg) and 6th in assists (4.4 apg). He is also 4th in steals per game (1.2), 8th in three-pointer percentage (40.6, 15th in three-pointers made per game (1.6), and 6th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1). Tuach continues to do a little of everything for the Lions. He ranks 19th in scoring (11.9 ppg), 11th in shooting (52.4%), 5th in three-point shooting (42.7%), and 3rd in steals (1.22 spg). He is on a career-setting pace, he had 96 points all of 2015-16. He has 273 through 24 games this year.
• Senior Shamar Johnson has been a consistent force in the paint for the Lions. He scored 10 points with six rebounds and a career-best six assists against BYU in the first meeting. He went for 12 points and eight rebounds in the win over Santa Clara at home and 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 8.1 ppg and 4.7 rpg. He is 13th with 1.7 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 is averaging 8.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg. He is ranked 20th in the WCC in rebounding, ranked 6th in offensive rebounds at 2.3 and 8th in blocks at 1.0. 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 17.6 minutes a game he is averaging 4.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.57 apg, and 0.91 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.

MORE NUMBERS:
• The 19-point win over USD on the road in WCC play was largest margin of victory in a WCC game since beating San Diego by 23 points, 87-64, on January 30, 1998, and the most on the road since defeating Portland 128-96 on Feb. 2, 1991...
• The 48 second half points against Pacific on Jan. 26 was the most in that half on the season. The 79 total points equaled their high in conference games this season, scoring 79 in the win over Portland…
• The seven blocked shots in the win was the second most on the year. They had nine against UIW on Dec. 17...
• The 48-point win to open the season was tied for the sixth largest in program history, equaling the Lions 78-31 win over San Diego on Dec. 10, 1958... The Lions scored 57 points in the first 20 minutes against Vanguard, the most in the opening half since the 1991 season... In the second half, LMU held Vanguard to just 17 points, limiting them to just 5-for-35 from the field and 1-for-18 from the three. It was the lowest half by an opponent since the Lions held Seattle to just 11 first half points in an 83-51 win on Nov. 23, 1996... They had 59 rebounds in that game, the most since they had 61 against Pacifica on Nov. 9, 2012.

COMING UP

Saturday’s game is Family Weekend, and the LMU men’s basketball is at the center of the activities. The Game Day Experience Pregame Tailgate begins at 11 am followed by tipoff at 1 pm. The following week with be 2017 Homecoming Week. A full schedule of activities will take place, including a special Community Lunch game between women’s hoops and Saint Mary’s on Thursday. Game time is 12 noon. On Friday, the 2017 induction ceremonies of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame will take place, followed on Saturday by the Homecoming game itself on Feb. 18 against rival Pepperdine. Don’t miss it. The activities start with the annual Tailgate Party at 11 am. For more information, visit LMULions.com.

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