GAMEDAY: Lions In Rainy Moraga

Feb. 16, 2017

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LOS ANGELES - The 2017 Homecoming Week is here and it is #GAMEDAY Thursday in the West Coast Conference. LMU men’s basketball will take on their fourth ranked team on the season as they battle No. 22 Saint Mary’s tonight, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8 pm. And as part of Homecoming Week, fans can watch the game live from the Bowlero Watch Party.

Join fellow Lions at the official Watch Party hosted by Bowlero. Located on Lincoln Boulevard, Bowlero is the place to be to watch the Lions. From 7 pm to midnight watch the game from an exclusive Lion section while enjoying food and drink specials. The LMU cheer team and Iggy will be on hand giving away great prizes, including the limited edition 2017 LMU Homecoming Shirt. Finally, fans can enjoy unlimited bowling for just $11 when you mention “LMU” at the door.

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GAME PREVIEW
Date | Time: Thursday, Feb. 16 | 8 pm
Where: McKeon Pavilion | Moraga, CA
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AGAINST THE RANKED

As mentioned, thursday’s match-up will be the fourth game against a ranked opponent on the season. The match-up with No. 19 Saint Mary’s on Dec. 29, 2016, was the first ranked opponent for the Lions since Feb. 12, 2015 when the Lions face No. 2/3 Gonzaga. The other two match-ups this season have been against Gonzaga, who was ranked fifth in the first meeting and No. 1 last week. The Lions are 4-15 in their last 19 games against ranked opponents. The last time the Lions defeated a ranked opponent came five years and a day ago in the very location they are in today, defeating No. 16 Saint Mary’s 75-60 on Feb. 15, 2012.

The Lions’ match-up against the No. 1 Zags was the 23rd time the Lions have taken on a top-10 opponent since LMU opened Gersten Pavilion on Jan. 15, 1982. Since that date, they have only played seven top-10 teams at Hanks House. Their only win came against Gonzaga on Feb. 18, 2010 when they were ranked No. 9. The Lions welcomed top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga on Feb. 9, making it the first time Gersten Pavilion has hosted the top team in the nation. The only other times it happened on campus was when San Francisco came to town No. 1 in 1956 and 1978. This was just the seventh time LMU has taken on the nation's highest ranked team, last playing Gonzaga in the 2013 WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

COMING UP

It is 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. That evening is the Bowlero Watch Party for when men’s basketball takes on No. 22 Saint Mary’s on the road. Then 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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THE MATCH-UP

• Senior led LMU continues their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 12-13 overall and 5-9 in the WCC. The Lions added a six-point win to their resume on Saturday with the 66-60 win over Portland. On the season, the Lions have seen 11 of their games decided in the last 10 seconds of the contest (record of 4-7) and have now played 15 games decided by eight points or less, going 7-8 in those contests. LMU is 3-3 in one-point games, 1-2 in three-point games, the five-point setback against BYU (Dec. 31), a pair of six-point wins in WCC play, a 1-1 in seven-point games and the eight-point setback at BYU on Jan. 28, 85-77.

• Saint Mary’s dropped just their second WCC game and third contest overall when they fell at home to No. 1 Gonzaga last Saturday. The Gaels are the best in the league on defense, holding opponent to a mere 56.6 points per game, which ranks second in the nation as of Feb. 12. They are also ranked top-10 nationally in scoring margin (8th), rebound margin (4th), fewest turnovers per game (10th), fewest personal fouls per game (2nd) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th). Thursday’s match-up will be the fourth game against a ranked opponent on the season. The match-up with No. 19 Saint Mary’s on Dec. 29, 2016, was the first ranked opponent for the Lions since Feb. 12, 2015 when the Lions face No. 2/3 Gonzaga. The other two match-ups this season have been against Gonzaga, who was ranked fifth in the first meeting and No. 1 last week. The Lions are 4-15 in their last 19 games against ranked opponents.

• This will be the 142nd meeting between LMU and Saint Mary’s. The Gaels have won 10 straight in the series and are 47-19 at home against the Lions. In the first meeting of the season, the Lions staged yet another second half push. However, it wasn’t enough as the Lions fell 72-60 on Dec. 29 at Gersten Pavilion.Trailing by as many as 11 early, the Lions managed to cut the lead to one with just over 11 minutes to play, 42-41, on a Kelvin Amayo lay-up. However, the efficient Gaels answered with a big three-pointer and the Lions got no closer. Trevor Manuel had a career-high 18 points off the bench, hitting all four of his three-pointers in 22 minutes. Brandon Brown added 11 points for the Lions, who shot just 35.6 percent but generated 19 more shots than the Gaels. The Lions forced Saint Mary’s into a season-high 19 turnovers on nine steals and held a 19-8 edge in points off turnovers.

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.


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