Homecoming, PCH Cup Saturday
Men's basketball returns to Gersten Pavilion for 166th all-time meeting with Pepperdine.
LOS ANGELES - The return to Gersten Pavilion for the LMU men's basketball team on Saturday, Feb. 18 means Homecoming for the Lions as they host PCH Cup rival Pepperdine at 3 pm. The 166th meeting between the two rivals is this LMU's 2017 Homecoming Game and features the Alumni Association Pregame Tailgate at 1 pm. At halftime, LMU will honor the 2017 Class of the Athletics' Hall of Fame. The game can be seen on Spectrum SportsNet and heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
|Date | Time:||Saturday, Feb. 18 | 3 pm|
|Where:||Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|Game Preview:||LMU Game Notes|
|The Match-Up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
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|Live Broadcast:||Spectrum SportsNet, CSN Bay Area | TheW.tv (out of market)|
|Radio:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online|
|Live Stats:||GAMETRACKER | StatBroadcast|
|GameDay Info:||GAMEDAY CENTRAL | BUY TICKETS | COMING TO LMU|
THE MATCH-UP Senior led LMU continues their season defined as the Cardiac Lions as they enter the week at 12-14 overall and 5-10 in the WCC after their 81-48 setback at No. 22 Saint Mary's Thursday. The Lions added a six-point win to their resume on Feb. 11 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 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.
Pepperdine had their three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday at Santa Clara, falling 106-55. They are now 9-18 on the season overall and 5-10 in the WCC. The three-game winning streak for the Waves included wins over Pacific, BYU and at San Diego. Lamond Murray Jr. has been on fire of late, leading the WCC in scoring at 20.6 ppg. Senior transfer Chris Reyes averages 13.4 ppg and leads the team at 7.9 rpg.
This will be the 166th meeting between LMU and Pepperdine, the longest running series in program history. The series has defined rivalry of late with extra frames needed in both meetings last season and a Reyes put-back with 1.7 seconds left in the first meeting this season. Last season, Pepperdine won 68-65 in overtime in Malibu on Jan. 2, 2016 and then in the final regular game of the season on Feb. 27, 2016, the Lions pulled out a 90-83 double overtime win. In this season's first meeting on Jan. 5, Pepperdine used that Reyes' buzzer beater for the 71-70 victory. Buay Tuach had 18 points to lead the Lions who had four players in double figures. Brandon Brown added 11 points and seven assists while Shamar Johnson and Stefan Jovanovic added 10 each. Reyes led the Waves with 21 while Murray had 19.
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.
The Lions used 19 steals to create 31 turnovers to earn a 66-60 win over Portland on Feb. 11. The 19 steals is the fourth most in a single game in program history, and the most since the program set the record at Portland on Feb. 9, 1991. It was three shy of the Gersten Pavilion record, which is 22. LMU leads the WCC in steals this season at 7.4 per game... The defense allowed the Lions to gain a 27-14 edge in points off turnovers, the most all season. The Lions shot 37.9 percent in the game while Portland shot 43.2 percent, the first time (in nine games) the Lions won a game in WCC in which their opponents shot better from the field... The 60 points allowed to the Pilots was one of 12 times the Lions have held an opponent under 70 points. They are 9-3 in those games... In addition, Portland was the 13th opponent the Lions held to under 45% shooting in a game, improving to 11-2 in those games. The Lions are 10-1 when shooting better than their opponent and dropped to 2-13 when the reverse happens, shooting just 38 percent compared to 54.5 percent by Saint Mary's on Thursday...
Junior Steven Haney Jr., a 2016 WCC All-Academic Selection and NABC Allstate Good Works team nominee, hit six three-pointers last week, giving him 121 three-pointers in his career, replacing Ennoch Simmons (1985-89) for 11th all-time in LMU history. He is ranked 9th in the WCC with 1.9 three-pointers per game...
The Lions force a league-high 15.0 turnovers per game, nearly two turnovers more than USF, who forces the second most in the WCC. They forced SMC into 13 on Thursday while committing just nine. The Lions are 2nd in the WCC with a +1.8 turnover margin. They are also 3rd with 3.7 blocks per game and 2nd in offensive rebounds with 11.1 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 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.
The Lions get the most out of their roster, using all 12 active players four straight games against BYU, USD, USF and Gonzaga. They used "just" 10 against Portland with Kelvin Amayo not in uniform due to leg injury and Mattias Markusson did not play, coaches' decision. They were back to all 12 against Saint Mary's on Feb. 16. They have had 11 different starting line-ups, and went back to the third starting line-up of the season in the last three games, 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 eight 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 last three starts, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assists, a steal and career-best five blocks against Portland. They had eight points, two rebounds and a steal against No. 22 SMC. 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.
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. Brown and Tuach led the Lions with 18 points each against Portland...
Brown leads the way at point, sitting is 11th in scoring (13.7 ppg) and 6th in assists (4.3 apg). He is also 4th in steals per game (1.3), 11th in three-pointer percentage (40.6), 13th in three-pointers made per game (1.7), and 6th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). Tuach continues to do a little of everything for the Lions. He ranks 18th in scoring (11.8 ppg), 9th in shooting (52.9%), 4th in three-point shooting (42.7%), and 3rd in steals (1.3 spg). He is on a career-setting pace, he had 96 points all of 2015-16. He has 296 through 26 games this year...
Senior Shamar Johnson has been a consistent force in the paint for the Lions. The Pensacola, Fla., native has become a leader for the Lions and is having his best season with 7.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg. He is 14th 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 8.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg. He is ranked ranked 6th in offensive rebounds at 2.2 and 9th 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 17.5 minutes a game he is averaging 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.58 apg, and 0.88 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.
COMING UPThe 2016-17 season is coming to the final regular season week and the Lions will host the final home game of the season against San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 pm. The game will be the traditional Senior Day and the Lions will honor the five seniors playing in their final game at Gersten Pavilion.
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