Honor Ends Memorable WCC Tournament
Ireland earns All-Tournament honors and caps memorable WCC Tournament run for LMU men's basketball.
March 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Junior Anthony Ireland was named to the 2013 WCC Men's Basketball Championships All-Tournament team on Monday night, capping an impressive tournament run for the Lions in Las Vegas. LMU won three games in three days to reach the WCC Semifinals for the second time in four years.
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Ireland led the Lions to three straight wins at the WCC Championships, defeating Portland (65-54) in the Opening Round Game, San Francisco in overtime in the second round (61-60), Santa Clara in the quarterfinals (60-58) before falling to No. 1 Gonzaga in the fourth game in as many days.
LMU is 6-4 in the WCC under Head Coach Max Good, advancing to at least the WCC quarterfinals in each of the last four seasons. Only Saint Mary's and Gonzaga have done that, reaching the WCC title game each of the last five seasons. Only Westhead has more WCC tournament wins (7) than Good, whose six wins are more than the 18 years prior to his arrival.
As for Ireland finished averaging 17.5 points, 3.3 steals, 3.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest, and hit the game winner against the Broncos with just over five seconds to play. In that win over the Broncos, Ireland set an LMU WCC tournament record with seven steals, breaking Tom Peabody's record of six set against USF on March 2, 1991.
Ireland is the ninth Lion to earn All-Tournament honors, joining Corey Gaines, Bo Kimble, Hank Gathers, Ime Oduok, Mike O'Quinn, Jim Williamson, Matthew Knight and Brandon Worthy. Gathers and Kimble earned the honor twice with Gathers earning MVP both times.
Ireland has played in seven WCC tournament games in his three-year career, giving him 153 points, ranked second all-time, 33 behind Gathers' record of 186. Ireland also has 17 in his WCC tournament career, setting the all-time record that was held by Gathers with 16.
It wasn't the only mark on the record book the memorable run made for the Lions. Senior Ashley Hamilton averaged nearly a double-double in the 2013 tournament at 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. The four games gives Hamilton 10 tournament games, putting him in good company.
Hamilton's 14 rebounds against San Francisco was tied for the 5th highest in tournament games for the Lions and he finished his career with 69 rebounds in the WCC tournament, second most in program history. He also finished with 128 points (ranking fourth all-time), 10 blocks (tied for 1st), 36 free throws made (2nd) and 57 free throw attempts (2nd).