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Lions two-game home stand closes with Portland State to end Spirit Week on campus.
Nov. 30, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- Spirit Week on the campus of Loyola Marymount University reaches its grand finale on Saturday, Dec. 1 when the Lions host Portland State for the 2012-13 Homecoming Game at Gersten Pavilion. The action begins with the Pregame Tailgate Party at 3:30 p.m., followed by tip-off at 5 p.m. Follow the game live on Lions' All-Access through LMULions.com and on KXLU 88.9 FM.
INSIDE THE GAME
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COMING UP ON THE TUBE
INSIDE THE LIONS
Senior Ashley Hamilton had his fourth career double-double in the win over Texas State, going for 13 points and 14 rebounds. He had six offensive rebounds as the Lions totaled 17 offensive boards in the win. He is second on the team with 14.0 points per game and is fourth in the WCC with 7.7 rebounds per contest. The Lions outrebounded Texas State 48-32, forced 14 turnovers on 10 steals, held a 22-12 edge in points off turnovers and held the Bobcats to 34.4 percent shooting from the field. The Lions entered the week at third in the WCC in rebound maring and are at a +8.1 entering the Portland State game. They also lead the league with 14.5 offensive rebounds per game.
More double-doubles: Junior Ayodeji Egbeyemi is off to his best season, sitting third on the team with 13.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. He had his second career double-double on Thursday with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He has 23 rebounds in the last two games, and went going 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from the three-point line against Long Beach State. He leads the team with 14 three-pointers and is shooting 42.4 percent from long range.
More from long range: The Lions hit 13-for-25 from three on Thursday (52 percent) and are hitting 39 percent as a team. The top four scorers are all above 42 percent, including Ireland and Hamilton at 46.2 percent. C.J. Blackwell, who missed the first three games due to an injury, came back in a big way in his return home, hitting 5-for-8 from long range for 15 points. He is 7-for-14 form long range on the season.
The 2012-13 season is a combination of experience and the unknown as the Lions returned eight letterwinners, including three starters, from last year's team that had the best season since the Elite Eight campaign at 21-13 overall and 11-5 (4th) in the WCC. With the experience, however, there is plenty of youth. The 15-man roster has just 15 years of NCAA Division-I basketball experience - one of the youngest rosters in the country.
The experience: LMU junior Anthony Ireland (21.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.8 apg), who was named Preseason All-WCC after earning First-Team All-Conference a year ago, Ashley Hamilton (14.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg), a fifth-year senior who averaged over 11 points and 5.6 rebounds a year ago, and Godwin Okonji (5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg), who has led the team in blocks the last two years. They enter the fourth game of the season having played 230 combined games and have combined to make 199starts. In addition, junior Ayodeji Egbeyemi (13.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), who has started all seven games of the season, and redshirt junior Alex Osborne (3.6 rpg) combine for 129 games of experience.
The youth: The rest of the Lions' scholarship roster is underclassmen. Sophomores Bruce English (missed first six games with ankle injury) and CJ Blackwell (missed first three games with knee injury, had 15 points in 37 minutes against LBSU) had solid first seasons, with English earning the start in the exhibition game on Oct. 30 while Blackwell showed flashes of offensive fireworks a year ago. The rest of the active roster are newcomers, with transfer Chase Flint (6.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 4.5 apg), and freshmen Taj Adams (will redshirt 2012-13), Marin Mornar (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg), Nick Stover (5.7 ppg in 17.0 mpg) and Adam Drexler (7.0 mpg in two games).