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.
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INSIDE THE LIONS
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.