Lions Give First Look on Saturday
Men's basketball to play lone exhibition on Saturday against Cal Lutheran at 7:30 pm
Nov. 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball will give fans a first look to the 2013-14 season when they host their lone exhibition at Gersten Pavilion against Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Fans will get a look at senior captains Anthony Ireland and Ayodeji Egbeyemi as well as a roster that features seven players who did not play in a Lion uniform last season.
"I am extremely excited for the start of this season," said Head Coach Max Good, who begins his sixth season with the Lions and 22nd overall. "We have some great senior leaders, including Anthony Ireland who think, believe it or not, has gotten better from last season. And we have a group of young players who I think are the best that have been here at LMU in a long time. We are excited to start this season."
The Lions will enter the exhibition with four seniors, Ireland, Egbeyemi, Osborne and Godwin Okonji. They make-up four of the five upperclassmen on the roster. The remaining 10 are under clansmen.
Egbeyemi returned to action this week and is expected to play minutes in the exhibition following the car accident on Sunday, Oct. 20. Okonji remains out of the line-up indefinitely from that accident.
LMU also returns Chase Flint to the line-up, the only junior on the roster. He missed 11 games at the end of last season due to leg injuries and is healthy for the first time since the start of conference play last season.
Also returning from a medical redshirt is sophomore C.J. Blackwell. He played seven games last season before his injuries shut him down for the season. Fellow redshirt sophomore Ben Dickinson, a transfer from Binghamton a year ago, returns and will appear in a Lion uniform for the first time on Saturday.
The rest of the Lions roster will be new to the program. Freshmen Nino Jackson and Gabe Levin have turned heads in practice leading up to Saturday and will play considerable minutes. Fellow freshman Patson Siame, Blair Mendy and Evan Payne have missed most the last month due to injuries.
Payne, who coach Good things will earn considerable playing time once completely back from his knee injury, was cleared this week but probably won't play Saturday. Mendy remains out, and Siame will serve a year of residency this season and will not play while also recovering from shoulder surgery. The other newcomer, transfer Max Heller, will also not play as he too will serve a semester of residency.
Following the Lions' exhibition, LMU will open the 2013-14 season on Friday, Nov. 8 at the San Diego Classic. The Lions will face Grand Canyon at San Diego's Jenny Craig Pavilion in the opener at 4:30 pm. They will then face South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3:30 pm. Both games will be aired live on KXLU 88.9 FM and through LMULions.com.