Month-Long Road Swing Starts in Paradise
Men's basketball heads to Virgin Islands for Paradise Jam, facing Northern Iowa on Friday.
Nov. 21, 2013
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- LMU men's basketball begins a month-long road swing with a trip to the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam held Nov. 22-25 at the University of the Virgin Islands. The Lions will open with Northern Iowa on Friday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 am PT (2:30 pm AST). This will be the first meeting between Northern Iowa (1-2) and the Lions (4-0). The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and online through LMULions.com. Watch live on ParadiseJam.com via The Global Video Network.
2013 PARADISE JAM SCHEDULE
INSIDE THE LIONS LMU improved to 4-0 on the season with a 90-78 win over Northern Arizona in their lone home game during the first 10 games of the 2013-14 season. The Lions continue their best start since 2003-04, who started the season 5-0. The Lions also earned a 74-73 come-from-behind road win over Long Beach State last week, scoring the final six points of the game.
Anthony Ireland averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the two wins last week. Against the 49ers, Ireland went 7-for-8 from the free throw line, including a pair with 4.9 seconds left to give the Lions the come-from-behind win. He finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. In the win over NAU, Ireland had his second points-assists double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists. He was 8-for-16 from the field, adding five rebounds and three steals while committing just one turnover. On the week, he had 13 assists and just one turnover. With 66 points, 28 assists and 8 steals to start the season, Ireland continues to climb his way up the career record lists, sitting 8th all-time with 1,642 points, 6th with 412 assists and 8th with 155 steals.
Four Lions had double figures in both wins last week. Through four games, four Lions average double figures, led by senior Anthony Ireland at 16.5 ppg. The next three in double figures are all new to the Lions' line-up. Freshman Gabe Levin has scored double figures in his first four games as a Lion, making him the first freshman to do so in LMU history. He is second on the team with 14.5 ppg. Sophomore transfer Ben Dickinson (Binghamton) is third at 13.5 ppg, followed by freshman Evan Payne, who led the Lions against LBSU with 16 of his 18 points off the bench in the second half, is averaging 11.8 ppg.
The Lions had three 20-point scorers in the win over South Dakota St., the first time that has happened since the record-setting LMU-USIU game on Jan. 5, 1991. Dickinson had 22 points while Ireland and 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). Against Northern Arizona, the Lions had a pair of players with double-doubles. Anthony Ireland had 18 points and 10 assists for his sixth career double-double while freshman Gabe Levin had his first with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lions finished the two games at the San Diego Classic 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. After shooting 37.7 percent against LBSU, the Lions hit 55.4 percent against Northern Arizona, including 65.6 percent in the second half. On the season, the Lions are hitting 49.0 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe (hitting 13-for-14 against NAU Sunday).