Paradise Finale Features Vanderbilt
Men's basketball to take on SEC's Vanderbilt in the 4th/6th Place game of the Paradise Jam.
Nov. 24, 2013
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 LMULions.com. Watch live on ParadiseJam.com via The Global Video Network.
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INSIDE THE LIONS
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.