Paradise Finale Features Vanderbilt

Ben Dickinson

Nov. 24, 2013

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ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- The trip to St. Thomas for the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will come to a close for the LMU men's basketball team when they face Vanderbilt in the 4th/6th place game on Monday, Nov. 25 at 2 pm PT (6 pm AST). The Lions (5-1) fell to Northern Iowa, 90-81, then rebounded to defeat Marist, 76-70. Vanderbilt (3-2) fell to Providence, 67-60, in the opener then defeated Morgan State, 74-66. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and online through Watch live on via The Global Video Network.


GAME: LMU (5-1) vs. Vanderbilt (3-2)
DATE/TIME: Nov. 25, 2013 // 2 pm (PST)
LOCATION: Sports & Fitness Center // U.S. Virgin Islands
TV: None
RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM (Jesse Kass, Drew Rossi)
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This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Vanderbilt, a member of the SEC. This will be just the 13th meeting for LMU against a team from the current SEC, with three of those coming against Texas A&M when they were with the Big 12. The Lions have two wins against the conference, defeating Alabama in the 1990 NCAA Sweet 16 and then Texas A&M in College Station in 2001. Last year the Lions hosted Ole Miss, just the second time in school history LMU hosted an SEC team. The only teams from the SEC to visit LMU are from the state of Mississippi as Mississippi State traveled to Gersten Pavilion on Dec. 19, 2007 and Ole Miss on Dec. 19, 2013. It was the 25th opponent from a "BCS" or "power" conference to visit LMU, the seventh in the last decade. The Lions hosted Florida State in 2010.

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 76, Marist 70
G6 - Vanderbilt 75, Morgan St. 66
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: Marist vs. Morgan St. (
G10 - 4th/6th Place Game: LMU vs. Vanderbilt (
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).

• LMU bounced back from their first set-back of the season with a 76-70 win over Marist in the second round of the 2013 Paradise Jam. The Lions are 5-1 on the season, equalling the best start since the 2006-07 team, who also started 5-1. Senior Anthony Ireland has led the Lions in the two games in the Virgin Islands, going for 24 against Northern Iowa and then posting his 33rd career 20-plus point game with 25 against Marist. He has gone 19-for-21 from the free throw line in the two games. Freshman Evan Payne had his first 20-point game with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field against Northern Iowa, tying for 18th for points in a game by a freshman at LMU. Fellow freshman Gabe Levin went for double figures once again in both games, making him the only freshman to start his career with six straight double figure games. In addition, he added 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double against NIU. 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). After shooting 41.7 percent on 72 shot attempts against Northern Iowa in the opener, the Lions had two fewer field goals made (28) against Marist but took just 56 attempts to finish the game hitting 50 percent from the field. The Lions are 3-0 this season when hitting at least 50 percent of their shots.

• In two games at the Paradise Jam, senior Anthony Ireland has averaged 24.5 points per contest, going 4-for-10 from three and 19-for-21 from the free throw line. He has added eight assists with just five turnovers in playing 73 of the 80 minutes. He also has six steals in the two games and leads the Lions this season at 19.2 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.33 spg. He has 36 assists with just 14 turnovers for an assist to turnover ratio over 2.5. With 115 points, 36 assists and 14 steals to start the season, Ireland continues to climb his way up the career record lists, sitting 8th all-time with 1,691 points, tied for 5th with 420 assists and 7th with 161 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 six games, the Lions are averaging 82.8 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, 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 19.2 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 six games as a Lion, scoring eight of his 11 points in the second half against Marist and finishing one rebound shy of his third straight double-double. He is second on the team with 13.2 ppg, right ahead of fellow freshman Evan Payne, who is now averaging 13.0 ppg after 22 against Northern Iowa on Friday and earning his first career start against Marist on Saturday. Sophomore transfer Ben Dickinson (Binghamton) is fourth at 11.8 ppg, getting 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting against Marist. He leads all starters shooting 59.6 percent on the season from the field.

• 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 47.7 percent from the field. The last time the Lions finished a season over 45 percent from the field as a team was in 2009-10, hitting 45.6 percent. They hit 46.4 percent in 1995-96, 97.7 in 1991-92 and 48.2 in 1990-91. The record is 51.9 percent in that very same 1989-90 season.


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