WCC Finale Celebrates Seniors, Hall of Fame
Men's basketball to end regular season when they host BYU on Saturday for Senior Day and the 2013 Hall of Fame induction.
March 1, 2013
|GAME:||LMU (8-21, 1-14) vs. BYU (20-10, 9-6)|
|DATE/TIME:||Mar. 2, 2013 // 8:00 p.m. (PST)|
|LOCATION:||Gersten Pavilion // Los Angeles, CA|
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM (Jesse Kass)|
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LOS ANGELES -- The final game of the 2013 West Coast Conference regular season will happen at Gersten Pavilion as LMU hosts BYU on Saturday, March 2 at 8 pm in a game on ESPNU and KXLU 88.9 FM. The game will celebrate seniors Ashley Hamilton and Taylor Walker while also honoring at halftime the 2013 class of the LMU Athletics' Hall of Fame, who will be inducted in a dinner ceremony prior to the game.
INSIDE THE GAME
The final game of the WCC regular season between BYU and LMU - the game is the last of four to tip-off on the final day before the 2013 Zappos.com WCC Championship on Mar. 6-11 - will celebrate Senior Day and honor the 2013 Class of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame. In addition, as is for most of the NCAA Division I institutions across the country this season, LMU will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NCAA tournament with a presentation of the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ball to members of the 1989-90 men's basketball team in attendance, including Bo Kimble, Jeff Fryer and Terrell Lowery.
Seniors Ashley Hamilton and Taylor Walker will play their final game at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday. It will be Hamilton's 109th career game as a Lion, ranking 19th all-time at LMU. Hamilton enters the game with 1,104 points and 612 rebounds in his career, which are ranked 27th and 15th all-time at LMU, respectively. He is just the 14th Lion to earn 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Walker transferred to LMU after earning his associates degree at Fullerton Junior College and overcame major surgeries in both of his ankles to become a starter down the stretch for the Lions this season as a walk-on. He had a career-best 12 points against Cal Poly this past week and he, along with Hamilton were named to the WCC All-Academic on Friday.
HALL OF FAME
The 2013 class of the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted prior to the game in the Burns Back Court in a dinner ceremony prior to the game. The 2013 class of inductees includes Al Gersten, Jr. (benefactor), three-time all-conference and PCSC Player of the Year Danielle Kaminaka (softball, 2003-05), three-time first-team All-WCC selection Kealani Kimball (volleyball, 2000-04), men's crew head coach and alum John R. Lind, Sr. (men's crew coach, 1962-75), three-time All-American Endre Rex-Kiss (men's water polo, 2002-06), the late Tom Salvino (men's basketball, 1953-56), Lynn Scott (women's tennis, 1976-77), and the 2004 women's water polo team who advanced to the NCAA national championship and finished ranked second in the nation.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Senior Ashley Hamilton was named WCC All-Academic for men's basketball and was joined honorable mention honorees Taylor Walker and Ayodeji Egbeyemi on the WCC All-Academic team as announced by the WCC on March. 1. Hamilton is the first academic all-conference selection since Chris Kanne in 2008-09 and the three on this year's team is the most in program history. Hamilton graduated in May 2012 with his B.A. in Business and is currently in graduate school working toward his Masters in Education. He joins Vernon Teal and Tim Diederichs from the last several seasons to have worked on a masters while still playing. It is on schedule to happen again, as junior Alex Osborne, who had his first double-double Thursday, is on pace to graduate this May. Since Good took over, the Lions have graduated all 14 players who have completed their eligibility. Walker will earn his degree in Political Science while Egbeyemi is a Management major.
INSIDE THE LIONS
In a program with a rich scoring history, junior Anthony Ireland continues to pace the Lions in 2012-13 with one of the better scoring seasons in LMU history. He leads the Lions at 20.5 points per game, ranking second in the WCC and 13th nationally (as of Feb. 24). He now has 594 points on the season, becoming the first Lion to crack the LMU season top-20 since Terrell Lowery did it with 675 points in 1991-92. Ireland is just the 12th different player in the top-20, replacing Enoch Simmons (1988-89) and Mike Yoest (1987-88), who had 562 points in their respective season. He is now 15th all-time thanks to 142 points the last six games (24 ppg), including his second 30-point game of the season against Gonzaga, earning an ovation as he left the court in Spokane. He crack the career top-10 at LMU with 23 points at Santa Clara, giving him 1,482 career points, ranking 10th all-time at LMU.
In addition to scoring, Ireland ranks in the top-18 in eight other statistical categories in the WCC, including rebounds (18th), assists (7th) and steals (7th). Ireland has been featured in some multimedia segments the past couple weeks, check them out:
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