Final Pair in Regular Season Starts in Santa Clara
Two games remain in the regular season for Lions, both on the road, starting with ESPNU game at Santa Clara, Thursday.
Feb. 23, 2011
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A pair of road games remain as the 2010-11 regular season hits its final week of play for LMU men's basketball. The Lions will start their final road swing in West Coast Conference play with Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. The game is on ESPNU and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com. The 2011 Zappos.com WCC Championships will then be held in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena, March 4-7.
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LMU enters the game at Santa Clara coming off a 84-75 setback in the Sears BracketBuster at Portland State last Saturday. They now have a record of 10-18 overall and 2-10 in the WCC. Last week, in the game at Portland State and the win over the Waves, the Lions started two different line-ups, bringing their total to 14 on the season and eight in WCC play thanks to three more out due to illness/injury (see page 22 for complete list of line-ups). Ashley Hamilton had bad case of the flu all week, while Larry Davis had a pulled groin and Edgar Garibay a severe sprained right ankle. Hamilton returned Saturday at Portland State to go for his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points with 13 assists. Garibay and Davis missed their second straight game at Portland State. Garibay is out of the reminder of the year and Davis' status will be evaluated prior to the game Thursday. The Lions are 2-10 in WCC play, dropping half of those by an average of just three points, including a three-point setback to San Diego, a one-point double overtime setback in the first meeting at Portland, a one-point setback to USF and three points on the road to Pepperdine. The Lions did have back in the line-up leading scorer and rebounder Drew Viney, who along with Vernon Teel ranks 1-2 in points and rebounds again this season. Viney came back in a big way, going for 44 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and three steals last week in the two games. He leads the team in scoring at 16.0 ppg and rebounds at 6.4 rpg, ranking third and sixth, respectively, in the WCC. Teel averages 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season. Freshman Anthony Ireland is turning heads in his first season of college basketball, averaging 9.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.1 apg. He also had his first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting against Gonzaga. Hamilton continues to work off the rust from the broken hand, raising his averages to 9.4 ppg and 6.0 rpg while shooting 50 percent from the field, including 8-for-11 against Portland State Saturday.
MORE RECORDS Despite missing two games with a calf injury prior to WCC play and then the last three games due to migraines, Drew Viney returned in a big way last weekend and continues to work his way up the record books. In two games last week, he scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists and a steal against Portland State and had 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the win over Pepperdine. In LMU history, he currently ranks 15th in career scoring average (16.4 ppg), 16th in made three-pointers (92), 17th in three-pointers attempted (231), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.398), 24th in rebound average (6.8 rpg), t-12th in blocks (60), and 4th in block average (1.1). This season in the WCC, he enters the week ranked 3rd in scoring (16.0 ppg), 6th in rebounds (6.4 rpg), 14th in field goal percentage (45.5), 7th in blocked shots (1.0 bpg), 15th in three-point field goals per game (1.3), 4th in defensive rebounds (5.0) and 6th in minutes played (32.8 mpg). He has found his long-distance form in WCC play, ranking second in the league by hitting 46.2 percent of his three-pointers (12-for-26)