Lions Home for Spirit Week, Waves
LMU and Pepperdine to meet for the 160th time in yet another Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle.
Feb. 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- With road play completed for the 2013-14 regular season, LMU men's basketball returns home for the final three games of the WCC campaign, starting with the Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle with Pepperdine on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 8 pm. The game is part of Spirit Week on the LMU campus with action starting at 6 pm with a pregame tailgate and then the game live on ESPNU and KXLU 88.9 FM.
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions return home to play the final three games of the regular season and that of the careers of Anthony Ireland and Alex Osborne. It starts with Spirit Week on the LMU campus where students have a chance to win a year's tuition with more special promotions and activities all week. At the center will be the Lions' rematch with rival Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup battle. There will be a pregame tailgate party with a student toga giveaway starting at 6 pm with game time set for 8 pm on ESPNU. Halftime will feature an opportunity for a student to win a year's tuition in addition to a special guest performing with the pep band. It starts with women's basketball hosting San Diego on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 pm. The week continues with LMU baseball facing Oregon on Friday with another chance for a student to win a year's tuition with a pitching promotion. It continues through the weekend with women's basketball senior day on Saturday at 2 pm against BYU. At halftime will be a third and final chance for free tuition for a year. The weekend ends with two more for baseball against Oregon, both games start at 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit LMULions.com/Tickets.
Senior Anthony Ireland continues to pace the Lions in all areas of the floor, putting the final marks on his record-setting career and cementing himself in even more in the LMU record book. He has not missed a game in his career, playing in his school record 127th against Portland while earning his 120th start, also a record. With his 23 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 assists on Saturday against Gonzaga, Ireland moved to third all-time in LMU history with 2,077 points. Ireland is the only Lion in LMU history with at least 2,000 career points, 500 career rebounds, 500 career assists and 150 career steals. He is the only active player in the NCAA to have hit those milestones and there are only three active players in Division I basketball (Kendall Williams - New Mexico; Chaz Williams - UMass; Shabazz Napier - UConn) to have 1,500 points, 500 assists and 150 steals. As of Feb. 16 he is second in the league at 18.6 ppg (71st nationally), second in assists at 5.44 (38th nationally) and second in steals at 1.70. With 501 points (ranked 34th in the NCAA as of Feb. 16), 147 assists (ranked 25th) and 46 steals (ranked 66th) in 2013-14, Ireland now ranks third in points with 2,077, third in assists with 531 and second in steals at 193.
Freshman Evan Payne led the Lions with 21 points against Portland, his fifth 20-point game and then went for 17 against Gonzaga for his 21st double-digit scoring game of the season. He ties Luther Philyaw (1972-73) for the freshman record for double-digit scoring games while the program mark for 20-point games for a freshman is six shared by three players. Payne scored 25 points against Pacific in the first meeting on Jan. 23, second only to his 27 points against BYU in the first meeting on Dec. 28, 2013. The 27 points is tied for the fourth best by a freshman in LMU History and his 25 is tied for eighth. The BYU game was the first of conference, making the point total the most ever by an LMU freshman in his first WCC game and the third-most by an LMU player in his conference debut. Payne now has 407 points on the season, just the second freshman in LMU history to go over 400. His 15.1 ppg is ranked ninth in the WCC and would set the LMU freshman record for ppg in a season.
Freshman Gabe Levin went for his freshman record fifth double-double against Pacific on Jan. 23 with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He is one of just five freshman to have multiple double-doubles in their debut season at LMU. He has grabbed 14 rebounds in a single game three times already this season. Heading into the game against Gonzaga, Levin has 179 rebounds and is ranked second all-time for a freshman. In addition, he has 30 blocks on the year, ranking 13th in LMU history for blocks in a season by any player, and his 1.20 bpg is ranked 6th within the WCC this season. His rebound average of 7.2 is ranked ninth in the WCC and would also set the LMU freshman record of rpg in a season.
The Lions enter the week second behind Pacific in the WCC and 9th in the NCAA (as of Feb. 16) hitting 76.3 percent on the season from the free throw line. The Lions with 17-for-19 against Gonzaga as Anthony Ireland hit 10-for-11. The Lions hit season-high 31-for-37 effort against Pacific (the most since going 32-for-40 against CS Fullerton in the CIT on Mar. 14, 2012). The all-time program record is 77.7 percent sent in the 2001-02 season.
A Grand Finale: Senior Anthony Ireland wraps up his final season all over the record books at LMU and has turned some heads in the process, take a look:
The Next Step - LA Times
2014 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Watch-list for the Bob Cousy Award
Preseason Lou Henson Award All-American
WCC Best Player Selection (sbnation and College Hoops Journal)
One of nation's most unknow top players (CBS)
LMU Magazine: "Ice Man"
College Hoops Daily