Quick Turnaround in Virgin Islands
Men's basketball looks for quick turnaround in second round match-up against Marist at Paradise Jam.
Nov. 23, 2013
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- LMU men's basketball will have a quick turnaround in the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, taking on Marist in the second day of action, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 am PT (3:30 pm AST). The Lions began a six-game, month long road trip with a 90-81 setback against Northern Iowa just 24 hours earlier. 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.
|GAME:||LMU (4-1) vs. Marist (0-5)|
|DATE/TIME:||Nov. 23, 2013 // 11:30 a.m. (PST)|
|LOCATION:||Sports & Fitness Center // U.S. Virgin Islands|
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM (Jesse Kass, Drew Rossi)|
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This is the third meeting all-time between Marist and LMU with the Lions holding a 2-0 series edge. The first meeting between the schools occurred on Dec. 28, 1988, a 131-107 home win at Gersten Pavilion that remains the highest-scoring game in Marist program history. The Lions also recorded an 84-80 victory on the road on Jan. 2, 1992. The other match-up in LMU's side of the bracket features Vanderbilt taking on Morgan St.
2013 PARADISE JAM SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 22
G1 - Northern Iowa 90, LMU 81
G2 - Maryland 68, Marist 43
G3 - Providence 67, Vanderbilt 60
G4 - La Salle 78, Morgan St. 59
Saturday, Nov. 23
G5 - LMU vs. Marist - 3:30 pm (ParadiseJam.com)
G6 - Vanderbilt vs. Morgan St. - 6 pm (ParadiseJam.com)
Sunday, Nov. 24
G7 - Northern Iowa vs. Maryland - 8 pm (CBS-SN)
G8 - La Salle vs. Providence - 10:30 pm (CBS-SN)
Monday, Nov. 25
G9 - 7th Place Game - 3:30 pm (ParadiseJam.com)
G10 - 5th Place Game - 6 pm (ParadiseJam.com)
G11 - 3rd Place Game - 8:30 pm (CBS-SN)
G12 - Championship - 11 pm (CBS-SN)
All games listed Atlantic Standard Time. CBS-SN (CBS Sports Network).
INSIDE THE LIONS
LMU dropped their first game of the season, 90-81, to Northern Iowa in the first game of the Paradise Jam. The Lions are 4-1 on the season, equalling the best start since 2006-07. Senior Anthony Ireland led the Lions with his 32nd game with 20 or more points, scoring 24 thanks to 9-for-10 shooting from the line. Freshman Evan Payne had his first 20-point game with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. It ranks tied for 18th for points in a game by a freshman at LMU. Fellow freshman Gabe Levin went for double figures once again, making him the only freshman to start his career with five straight double figure games. In addition, he added 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double. He had 15 points and 10 rebounds against NAU. He is the first freshman in LMU history to go for back-to-back double-doubles and his 14 boards tied Kenny Hotopp for second all-time for rebounds in a game by a freshman. He is one of just five freshman to have multiple double-doubles in their debut season (Kevin Young - 4 - `08-09; Orlando Johnson - 3 - `07-08; Andy Osborn - 3 - `01-02; Luther Philyaw - 2 - `72-73)
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 90 points, 30 assists and 11 steals to start the season, Ireland continues to climb his way up the career record lists, sitting 8th all-time with 1,666 points, 6th with 414 assists and 7th with 158 steals.
Four Lions had double figures in both wins last week and in the setback to Northern Iowa. LMU entered the week one of six teams in the West Coast Conference to average more than 80 points - BYU, Gonzaga, San Francisco, LMU, Santa Clara, and Portland. Through five games, the Lions are averaging 84.2 points per game. The last time the Lions averaged over 75 points a game in a season was in 2009-10 at 75.8 ppg. They averaged 75.9 in 1998-99 and 79.0 in 1993-94, and 91.1 in 1991-92. The all-time record is 122.4 ppg in that 1989-90 Elite Eight season.
Four Lions average double figures, led by senior Anthony Ireland at 18.0 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 five games as a Lion, making him the first freshman to do so in LMU history. He is third on the team with 13.6 ppg, right behind fellow freshman Evan Payne, who is now averaging 13.8 ppg after 22 against Northern Iowa on Friday. Sophomore transfer Ben Dickinson (Binghamton) is fourth at 12.0 ppg.
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