March 5, 2013
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LOS ANGELES - LMU junior Anthony Ireland was named first-team All-West Coast Conference for the second consecutive year, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches and announced on Tuesday. Ireland becomes just the 14th Lion in program history to claim first-team honors in back-to-back seasons.
The honor comes at the tail end of a record-setting season for the guard from Waterbury, Conn.
In a program with a rich scoring history, continues to pace the Lions in 2012-13 with one of the better scoring seasons in LMU history. He leads the Lions at 20.6 points per game, ranking second in the WCC and 12th nationally (as of Mar. 4). He now has 618 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, and is just the 15th time someone has scored at least 600 points in a single season in LMU history. He is now 13th all-time thanks to 166 points the last seven games (24.8 ppg), including his second 30-point game of the season against Gonzaga, earning an ovation as he left the court in Spokane. He cracked the career top-10 at LMU with 23 and 24 points, respectively, in the final two games of the regular season, giving him 1,506 career points, ranking 10th all-time at LMU.
He is the first Lion to earn back-to-back first-team All-WCC honors since Matthew Knight did it in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He is the 14th player to go back-to-back and just the second junior to do it, joining Hank Gathers as the only Lion to do so.
In addition to scoring, Ireland ranks in the top-20 in eight other statistical categories in the WCC, including rebounds (18th), assists (7th) and steals (7th).
Ireland is the fourth Lion to earn postseason honors in the annual end-of-the-year awards handed out by the WCC. Senior Ashley Hamilton earned WCC All-Academic honors, while senior Taylor Walker and junior Ayodeji Egbeyemi earned honorable mention WCC All-Academic honors.
The Lions open the 2013 WCC Basketball Championships on Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 6 pm when they face Portland in the WCC Opening Round game.
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