Four-Game Homestand Continues
Men’s basketball continues four-game homestand with Portland State in a tripleheader of basketball the day after Thanksgiving.
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LOS ANGELES - LMU men’s basketball (1-2) will continue their current four-game homestand when they host Portland State (1-2) on Friday, Nov. 25 at 7 pm. The game will be part of a tripleheader of basketball at Gersten Pavilion the day after Thanksgiving. This will be just the sixth overall meeting between the Lions and Vikings. The game can be seen live on TheW.tv and listen to on KXLU 88.9 FM.
|Date | Time:||Friday, Nov. 25 | 7 pm (PT)|
|Where:||Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|GAME PREVIEW:||LMU Game Notes | PSU Game Notes|
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|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online|
|Live Stats:||StatBroadcast | GAMETRACKER|
|GameDay Info:||GAMEDAY CENTRAL | BUY TICKETS | COMING TO LMU|
THE MATCH-UP• LMU has started the season 1-2, falling to UConn, 65-62, to begin a four-game homestand on Nov. 17. The Lions play 17 regular season home games in 2016-17, the second most in program history. The current homestand will last 22 days. The Lions will play just three road games in non-conference. Buay Tuach leads the Lions with 14.3 points per game while Kelvin Amayo has led the Lions in scoring the last two games, including 18 against UCONN. He averages 11.7 per game. The Lions enter the game averaging 75.0 points per game while giving up 65.0. They have held opponents to just 38.6 shooting through three games, including a 22.2 percent clip from three which leads the WCC.
• Portland State takes a post-Thanksgiving trip to southern California to take on a pair of West Coast Conference opponents - LMU and Pepperdine, two of four non-conference road games at West Coast Conference schools (also San Francisco, Dec. 16, and Portland, Dec. 20). Through three games, the Vikings are averaging 94.3 points and shooting .515 from the field. The up-tempo approach is working for Coach Tyler Geving’s squad as six players are averaging 9.0 points or better, led by 21.7 per game from Braxton Tucker. On the other side of the ledger, the Vikings are giving up 91.7 points. They must were out-rebounded by 12.0 per game in two opening losses to Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton.
• This will be the just the sixth meeting between LMU and Portland State, all since 1997. The Lions won the first meeting in Los Angeles, 88-84 in overtime. The Vikings then won the next three, a 57-54 win in Los Angeles in 2000, a 90-78 win in 2002 in Portland and an 84-75 win in 2011 in the ESPN Bracket Buster. The Lions won the last meeting at Gersten Pavilion on Dec. 1, 2012, 66-56.
PROMOTIONS• The game against PSU is sponsored by Coke and is the final of three games on Friday, Nov. 25. The day will begin with the 19th annual LMU Thanksgiving Classic. The women’s team will host a round robin tournament that begins on Friday at 12 pm with Fresno State taking Belmont and then at 2:30 the Lions face UC Irvine. It continues on Saturday with a pair of games at 1 and 3:30 pm
• The week isn’t just about the games on the court. This week begins the month long project with the Bob Hope USO. LMU Athletics and LAX Community Relations Division have partnered to help support the Bob Hope USO. At all LMU games this holiday season, donate new, travel-sized personal care items to the Bob Hope USO, Items include: Toothpaste, Sunscreen, Mouthwash, Shaving Cream, Deodorant, and Shampoo. Look for donation bins throughout Gersten Pavilion from Nov. 22 - Dec. 26.
• Single game and season tickets are on sale, as well as, group ticket packages featuring special discounts. Go to LMULions.com/tickets to purchase. A reminder that all students, faculty and staff get into ALL LMU games for free with valid LMU OneCard.
INSIDE THE LIONS• The Lions began the 2016-17 season with a three-game opening week, starting with a 99-51 win over Vanguard at Gersten Pavilion. They fell to the Wolfpack 79-64 on Nov. 14 and then returned home for a mid-November classic against UCONN, falling 65-62, on Nov. 17. The Lions have an eight-day layoff before taking on the Vikings and then a 10-day lay-off before facing Boise State on Dec. 5 at 7 pm.
• The Lions are going inside, scoring 104 points in the paint in the first three games, including a 42-28 edge at Nevada. Senior Buay Tuach leads the Lions with 14.3 points per game, hitting 7-for-13 from three. He is sixth in the WCC in three-pointers per game and eighth in hitting 53.8 percent. Redshirt senior Kelvin Amayo has led the Lions off the bench the last two games, scoring 11.7 points per game with 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists on the season. He had 13 against Nevada and then 18 against UCONN. Another senior, Shamar Johnson, is off to a hot start from the field, hitting 61.1 percent (11-for-18) from the field to rank ninth in the WCC. He is averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
• As of Nov. 22, the Lions led the WCC in three-point field goal percentage, holding Vanguard to 4-for-32 (.125), Nevada to 6-for-17 (.353) and UCONN to 6-for-23 (26.1).
• The Lions outscored UCONN 13-6 in points off turnovers and on the season have outscored opponents 52-35 on turnovers. The Lions are second in the WCC averaging 9.7 steals per game and had 10 against both UCONN and Vanguard. Munis Tutu’s 1.7 per game is fifth in the WCC.
• Last year the Lions ranked 26th nationally in turnover margin and are currently second in the WCC at +2.7. They finished 2015-16 also at +2.7. They are averaging 13.0 turnovers per contest while forcing 15.7 by their opponents.
• The 48-point win to open the season was tied for the sixth largest in program history, equaling 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. They opened a new season with a win for the sixth straight season, improving to 41-21 in season openers since 1955-56.
• In that win, the Lions scored 57 points in the first 20 minutes. It was the most points in the opening half since the 1991 season... In the second half, LMU held the Lions 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.
• They also finished that game 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 rebounds while adding eight points. The 59 rebounds were 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. 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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