Men's Basketball

Men's Hoops Heads to Pyramid

Ayodeji Egbeyemi

Ayodeji Egbeyemi

Nov. 13, 2013

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State73
Loyola Marymount70
November 29, 2012
Gersten Pavilion
Lions Fall in Another Beach Thriller
It has become expected in the series between LMU and Long Beach State. The series has had late comebacks, uptempo play from the opening tip-off and seven of the last 13 have gone down to the final seconds. They were at it again as the up-and-down affair saw the 49ers (3-3) erase an 11-point first half deficit and then go on a late 8-0 run to earn a 73-70 win over the Lions (3-4) at Gersten Pavilion Thursday night.

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LOS ANGELES -- The first week of the 2013-14 college basketball season continues away from home for LMU (2-0), as they head to Long Beach State (1-1) on Thursday, Nov. 14 for a 7 pm tip-off at the Pyramid. The annual meeting between the SoCal rivals continues as the teams have only missed a match-up twice since 1998, meeting every November/December except 2008 and 2011. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and through the LMU Sports Network on LMULions.com.

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GAME: LMU (2-0) vs. Long Beach St. (1-1)
DATE/TIME: Nov. 14, 2013 // 7 p.m. (PST)
LOCATION: The Walter Pyramid // Long Beach, CA
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RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM (Jesse Kass, Drew Rossi)
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THE MATCH-UP
This will be the 27th meeting between LMU and Long Beach State. The rivalry has built in the last decade as the teams have only missed two seasons since 1998. The series has been a good one of late, with two of the last three meetings going into overtime and the 49ers earning a three-point win at Gersten Pavilion in regulation a year ago (see page 5 for box score). In the 13 match-ups since 1998, LBSU is 8-5 with three games going into overtime and seven decided by three points or less. Lions Athletic Fund members can join the Lions in Long Beach for a pregame reception before the game. Join LMU and the Lions' Athletic Fund for a pregame reception with appetizers and hosted beer and wine. To register click here.

INSIDE THE LIONS
• The Lions opened the 2013-14 season with a pair of wins at the San Diego Classic hosted by conference rival San Diego. The Lions collected a 78-75 win over Grand Canyon on Friday and then defeated South Dakota State, who has gone to the last two NCAA tournaments, 98-89. The Lions are of to a 2-0 start for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

• The Lions had three 20-point scorers in the win over the Jackrabbits on Saturday, the first time that has happened since the record-setting LMU-US International game on Jan. 5, 1991. Ben Dickinson had 22 points while Anthony Ireland and freshman Gabe Levin had 20 points each. The last time it happened, the Lions set the NCAA record for points in a 186-140 win. Five Lions went for more than 20 points (Terrell Lowery - 34, Richard Petruska - 28, Chris Knight - 27, Rahim Harris - 24, Ross Richardson - 24).

Anthony Ireland continues to set marks for the Lions. He set a career-best with 12 assists in earning his fifth career double-double on Saturday. With 34 points, 15 assists and two steals to start the season, Ireland continues to climb his way up the career record, sitting 8th all-time with 1,610 points, 7th with 399 assists and 10th with 149 steals.

• The Lions finished the two games shooting 52.1 percent, including 57.6 percent in the win on Saturday. It was the Lions' best shooting night from the field against an NCAA Division I opponent since hitting 59.3 percent against Seattle on Dec. 30, 2009. The Lions hit 57.7 percent against Pacifica in the opener last season.

• The Lions needed all 11 of their scholarship players in uniform as they were called for 37 fouls, equalling the program record set on Feb. 9, 2001 against Nevada. South Dakota State finished 37-for-50 (74.0 percent) from the free throw line. The 37 made free throws equals an opponent's record against the Lions as Santa Clara hit 37 on Feb. 24, 2011. No Lion actually fouled out of the game as six Lions had four fouls.

HOME OPENER SUNDAY - ALUMNI FAMILY DAY AT THE GAME:

This week will also feature the home opener for the Lions when they face Northern Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 pm. It's Alumni Family Day at the Game and special activities for the entire family with special discounts on Sodexo concessions and game day tickets. The LMU Pep Band will perform and there will be lots to do for the entire family. Alumni and families get any ticket in the Pavilion for $10 ($5 for kids). Have the promo code, click here to buy now. Contact Alumni Association to get your promo code.BUY ONLINE TODAY!

• A Grand Finale: Senior Anthony Ireland enters his final season all over the record books at LMU with the projection to do even more. He enters the season as a Preseason All-WCC selection and is:

Ireland has not missed a game in his three-year career, playing in all 102 of the games LMU has played the last three-plus years. He has done this while losing a tooth during a game, not missing a second in the process against Alaska-Anchorage; playing the season needing knee surgery as a junior; needing stitches in his lower lip during a game as a sophomore. As the Lions' lone scoring threat in 2012-13, he was the target of opposing defenses who played aggressive against him, sending him to the line 203 times, ranked 12th all-time in LMU history. "Despite the aggressive play against him, Ireland never raised his hands after a three, never raised his voice to an offical and always shook hands with those after the game," said Head Coach Max Good, who has coached for more than 45 years. He states "Anthony is one of the strongest willed and most humble players I have ever coached"... In playing every game LMU has played in his career, Ireland was named LMU's first NABC All-District selection as a sophomore and was a Lou Henson Preseason All-American and honorable mention Jesuit All-American in 2011-12. In the last two seasons, Ireland has played 2,515 of a possible 2,755 minutes (91.2 percent), leading the Lions in scoring in 30 of 34 games last season. He led LMU to three straight WCC tourney wins last year, falling to No. 1 Gonzaga in the semifinals. He was named first-team WCC All-Tourney as a result.

• Ireland averaged 29.5 minutes in the first two games, a good seven minutes below his average the last two seasons of 36.9 minutes per game, the most in the West Coast Conference. Ireland, who was 14th in the NCAA last season in scoring at 20.2 ppg, finished playing just 22 minutes against GCU, fewest since the fourth game of his career (19 minutes vs. Dowling on Nov. 20, 2010). His first field goal of the game with 9:43 to play in game gave LMU a 61-55 lead. However, he would pick up his fourth foul with with 8:51 to play and would leave the game. He re-entered the game with 4:06 to play and the Lions down 66-65. He would score six points with the assist on the winner, finishing with a team-high 14 points.

• While the Lions feature 10 total underclassmen on their 16-man roster, they have plenty of experience. Seniors Anthony Ireland, Ayodeji Egbeyemi, Alex Osborne and Godwin Okonji enter the 2013-14 season having played a combined 372 games in an LMU uniform. After the weekend, Ireland has played all 102 games LMU has played in during his career, playing nearly 92 percent of the available minutes the last two years. Egbeyemi has played in 85 games, while Osborne and Okonji near the century mark with 95 and 96, respectively. Okonji, who was injured in the car accident on Oct. 30 (See LMULions.com for more information), remains out indefinately.

• The Lions improved to 3-2 in season openers under Head Coach Max Good, winning the last three. The Lions are 38-21 in season openers since they joined the West Coast Conference in 1955-56. This is the third time since the current coaching staff took over the program that they opened the season in a tournament. In 2008 it was the BTI Invitational at Iowa State and in 2009 it was at Montana's Grizzly Classic. LMU will play in a pair of non-conference tournaments this season, making it the 13th straight year the Lions have made an appearance in a regular-season tournament. LMU will also play in the Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Nov. 22-25.

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