Exhibition Preview - LMU vs. La Verne

Anthony Ireland

Oct. 31, 2011

Season Preview
Game Day Central

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The 2011-12 LMU basketball season - which is celebrating the University's Centennial - will not officially begin until the Lions travel to the L.A. Sports Arena to face UCLA on Nov. 11.

However, the Lions will have an opportunity to knock off some rust to start the year when they play their lone exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 1 against the University of LaVerne. Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on LMULions.com and heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.

The game against the Leopards will feature a familiar face as LaVerne's fifth-year head coach is Rich Reed, who was an assistant at LMU for three seasons (2002-05). Last season under Reed, La Verne concluded 2010-11 with a 13-13 overall record which included an 8-6 mark in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play to finish third overall in the conference standings to earn a berth in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Reed is a 1999 graduate of La Verne and also served as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado for one season (2005-06), two seasons at Cal Poly Pomona (2000-02) and one year at La Verne (1999-00).

LaVerne returns six seniors from last year's squad, including leading scorer Trevor Woodland, who averaged 13.4 points per game at the guard position. He finished the season hitting 54 three-pointers (36.7 percent) while going to the free throw line just 30 times, hitting 20 (66.7 percent). Senior forward Austin Napolitano also returns after averaging 12.4 points per contest. He led the team in free throws, going to the line 142 times and hitting 106 (74.6 percent).

Napolitano and senior center Alex Wolpe led the teams in rebounds, going for 6.7 and 6.3 rebounds per contest, respectively.



LaVerne and LMU played eight times in the regular season from 1930 through 1953. The Lions are 8-3 against the Leopards with the last regular season meeting coming in 1953 when the Lions won at home, 97-48.



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