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Men's basketball concludes Tip-Off Week 2016 with rare match-up with UConn on #AllForOneLMU Day of Giving.
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LOS ANGELES - LMU men's basketball (1-1) will complete the opening week of the 2016-17 season back at home when they host Connecticut (0-2) on Thursday night at 7 pm. The rare visit to Gersten Pavilion by one of the nation's top programs for the close of Tip-Off Week 2016 will be the first meeting between the Lions and UConn. The game is sponsored by SEIA and can be seen through Spectrum Sports Network and online on ESPN3. Listen live at KXLU 88.9 FM.
|Date | Time:||Thursday, Nov. 17 | 7 pm (PT)|
|Where:||Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|GAME PREVIEW:||LMU Game Notes | UCONN Game Notes|
|The Match-up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
UCONN: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
|Live Broadcast:||Spectrum SportsNet | WatchESPN|
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online|
|Live Stats:||StatBroadcast | GAMETRACKER|
|GameDay Info:||GAMEDAY CENTRAL | BUY TICKETS | COMING TO LMU|
THE MATCH-UP LMU opened Tip-Off Week 2016 season with a 99-51 win over Vanguard at Gersten Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 11. On Monday, Nov. 14, the Lions traveled to Nevada, and fell 79-64 to the Wolfpack. Senior Buay Tuach leads the Lions at 15.5 points per contest, hitting 57.1 percent from the field. Senior transfer Stefan Jovanovic and junior Petr Herman led the Lions on the board at 6.0 per game. Senior Brandon Brown has chipped in five assists per contest.
UConn's season has started unexpected with a pair of setbacks at home, falling to Wagner on Nov. 11 67-58 and then to Northeastern on Nov. 14, 64-61. They started the season ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and 18th by the Associated Press. Terry Larrier leads the Huskies with 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In the two games they have held opponents to 37 percent shooting while shooting 37.5 percent themselves.
This will be the first meeting for LMU and UConn. Visits by the nationally ranked and "power five football schools" to Gersten Pavilion have been rare in non-conference play. The last visit came from Ole Miss on Dec. 19, 2012. The Lions fell 73-70 to the Rebels, who went on to upset Wisconsin as the 12-seed in the NCAA tournament that season.
PROMOTIONS The game will wrap-up LMU's Tip-off Week and it will be a part of LMU's ALL FOR ONE DAY OF GIVING! LMU is looking for 4,000 alumni, parents and friends to make a gift of ANY size to ANYWHERE on campus on Nov. 17. If LMU meets the goal, two generous donors will award LMU with $100,000 for student scholarships. Give on the 17th and make sure to mark your gift for the LIONS ATHLETIC FUND, which benefits the scholarships of the Lions' more than 400 student-athletes. It's all hands on deck, so please challenge your friends to make their gift using the hashtag #AllforOneLMU. To donate, go to LMU.edu/ALLFORONE.
The highly-anticipated match-up with UCONN on Nov. 17 begins at 6 pm with a special Pregame Celebration for LMU Cage Members in the atrium outside Gersten Pavilion. Not a member? It's easy. Sign-up by visiting LMULions.com/Tickets and clicking on THE CAGE or sign-up while at the pregame celebration. In addition, the CAGE will be giving away it's official jersey.
Single game and season tickets are on sale, as well as, group ticket packages featuring special discounts to be a part of this year's memorable 18-game home schedule. This includes the Lions' match-up with UCONN, which will bookend the 2016 Tip-Off Week. Go to LMULions.com/tickets to purchase.
A final reminder that all students, faculty and staff get into ALL LMU games for free with valid LMU OneCard. For more on TIP-OFF WEEK 2016, visit LMULions.com/TIPOFF16.
INSIDE THE LIONS As mentioned, the Lions opened the 2016-17 season with a 99-51 win over Vanguard at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions host 17 regular season home games on the season, the second most in program history. The trip to Nevada was the first of just three road games for the Lions in non-conference. They fell to the Wolfpack 79-64 to start the season 1-1.
The Lions are going inside, scoring 82 points in the paint in the first two games, including a 42-28 edge at Nevada on Monday.
The 48-point win to open the season was tied for the sixth largest in program history, equalling the Lions 78-31 win over San Diego on Dec. 10, 1958. Buay Tuach led the Lions with a career-best 20 points and Jeffery McClendon also netted a career-best with 15. The Lions out-rebounded Vanguard 59-36. They opened a new season with a win for the sixth straight season, improving to 41-21 in season openers since joining the WCC in 1955-56.
On the road for the first time, the Lions saw Nevada open a 17-point lead with six minutes to play in the first half. However, the Lions chipped away at the lead and had it down to six less than four minutes later. It would get to five multiple times. Nevada shot 65.2 percent in the second half and 56.3 percent for the game and earned a 34-28 edge on the class. Transfer Kelvin Amayo had his best game in two seasons with 13 points and eight boards off the bench. Brandon Brown added 13 points and five assists.
In the win over Vanguard, the Lions featured a head-turning number on offense in the first half and then did the same but with defense in the second. The Lions scored 57 points in the opening 20 minutes. It was the most points in the opening half since the 1991 season. A year ago, the Lions scored 50 points in the first half against BYU, the first time since they scored 54 first half points at CSUN on Feb. 18, 1992... In the second half, LMU held Vanguard to just 17 points, limiting them to just 5-for-35 from the field and 1-for-18 from the three-point line. It was the lowest half by an opponent since the Lions held Seattle to just 11 first half points in an 83-51 win on Nov. 23, 1996.
LMU finished the win on Friday with 27 assists on 36 made field goals. Munis Tutu led the Lions with six, while Kelvin Amayo and Brandon Brown had five. Brown ranked 10th all-time in LMU history with 177 assists last season while Tutu set the record for assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.69. The 27 assists was the most since putting up 30 against La Sierra on Dec. 21, 2013.
The Lions out-rebounded Vanguard 59-36. Petr Herman led the Lions with 10 rebound while adding eight points. The 59 rebounds was the most since they had 61 against Pacifica on Nov. 9, 2012. Freshman center Mattias Markusson had eight points and eight rebounds in his debut on Friday. His eight rebounds was one shy of Wyking Jones record of nine rebounds for most in a freshman's first game. Jones did it against Morgan State on Nov. 22, 1991.
The Lions return seven letterwinners from last year's 2015-16 squad that finished six games better than the year before at 14-16 overall and 6-12 in the WCC (tied for 7th). The Lions won three of their last four, including a pair of overtime wins against teams in the top half of the league standings (USF and Pepperdine).
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