Ireland Named All-Tourney as Jam Wraps-up
Anthony Ireland earns spot on All-Tournament team as Lions return to Southern California 5-2 on the season.
Nov. 26, 2013
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- LMU men's basketball continues their best start since 2006-07 as they return home to Southern California as the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam came to a close late Monday night. Senior Anthony Ireland was one of six players from the eight teams to be named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team.
"You would never turn down an opportunity to come to such a beautiful place and play three games against very good competition," said Head Coach Max Good. "We have a lot of good things to build on, but we need to come home and get to practice. This was a very good experience playing three games in four days and will help us as we head into our conference tournament. But right now we need to get to work and continue getting better as a group."
Ireland finished the three games averaging 23.0 points per contest, getting his 32nd career 20-point game with 24 against Northern Iowa on Friday, earning his 33rd with 25 in the win over Marist and then posting 20 on Monday night against Vanderbilt. He finished averaging 3.7 assists with just 1.3 turnovers, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals. He also finished hitting 21-for-23 from the free throw line (91.3 percent).
While Ireland's performance earned All-Tournament honors, the young roster continues to turn heads. Freshman Evan Payne scored 22 points, ranked 18th all-time for points by a freshman at LMU, against Northern Iowa and earned his first two starts in the final two games. Fellow freshman Gabe Levin has scored double figures in every game of his career, getting a back-to-back double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds against NIU. The 14 boards is tied for second among freshman in a single game at LMU.
Sophomore transfer Ben Dickinson had double figure games against both Marist and Vanderbilt while freshman Nino Jackson and Marin Mornar were stat stuffers in limited minutes. Mornar had a block in every game at the tournament, leading the team with nine on the season. He had a season best seven points, two rebounds, a block and a steal against Vanderbilt. Jackson had his first considerable minutes since the opener, playing 17 minutes with two points, four rebounds, a block and a steal.
LMU returns to Southern California but remains on the road during their month-long road swing, traveling to UC Riverside on Monday, Dec. 2. Tip-off is set for 7 pm, and can be heard n KXLU 88.9 FM.