Big Monday Match-up At Gersten
A busy week begins on Monday when Lions host Boise State at Gersten Pavilion.
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LOS ANGELES - After a 10-day lay-off, LMU men’s basketball returns to action with a busy stretch of three games in six days. It begins with a return to Gersten Pavilion to host a big Monday match-up on Dec. 5 against Boise State. The series between the two has been close as the Broncos pulled out a buzzer-beater victory in Idaho a year ago. Tip-off is set for 7 pm on TheW.tv, Sling TV and can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM.
|Date | Time:||Monday, Dec. 5 | 7 pm (PT)|
|Where:||Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA|
|GAME PREVIEW:||LMU Game Notes|
|The Match-up:||LMU: ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATS
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|Live Broadcast:||TheW.tv | Sling TV|
|RADIO:||KXLU 88.9 FM | Listien Online|
|Live Stats:||StatBroadcast | GAMETRACKER|
|GameDay Info:||GAMEDAY CENTRAL | BUY TICKETS | COMING TO LMU|
THE MATCH-UP• With just four games in the first month of the season, LMU has played two fewer games than the next rival in the West Coast Conference (Saint Mary’s - 6 games) as of Dec. 5. However, they will have a very busy December, starting with a stretch of three games in six days this week. They will play nine games in the month, including six games in the final two weeks of the year. The Lions are 2-2 after defeating Portland State, 78-62, on Friday, Nov. 25. The Lions enter the week leading the West Coast Conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (22.6 percent) and in steals (8.5 spg).
• Boise State has had a busy first month of the season, playing eight games and sitting at 4-4 on the season. The game against the Lions will be their fourth in eight days, defeating SMU at home 71-62 on Nov. 30 and falling at Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 3, 72-67. Like the Lions, defense has been a strength for the Broncos. They are second in the Mountain West Conference in points allowed (63.1) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.5 percent). Chandler Hutchison leads the team with 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth and second in the MWC, respectively.
• This will be the eighth meeting between LMU and Boise State and the sixth match-up in the last decade. This will be the third straight season the teams have met. The Broncos won at LMU 77-68 on Nov. 15, 2014 and then earned a last-second 67-66 win at Boise on Dec. 9, 2015. Boise State leads the series 5-2 with the Lions winning back-to-back meetings at LMU in 2006 (Dec. 18 - 84-82 - 2ot) and at Boise in 2007 (Dec. 8 - 76-74).
PROMOTIONS• It’s Study Break Basketball at LMU. With the end of the semester near, LMU will host four games at Gersten Pavilion heading into Finals Week. The women started the stretch with a win over UCSB on Friday, and up next for Study Break Basketball are back-to-back men’s games. It starts with Boise State on Monday and then Southern Utah on Thursday. The CAGE PREGAME celebration will get both games started at 6 pm. On Monday, a special Puppies At Pregame will provide an extra stress-reliever from studying. Come check out local adoption agencies as they bring puppies during pregame.
• The month 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• Four games into the season, the Lions (2-2) are led by seniors Buay Tuach and Brandon Brown, each averaging 12.3 points per game. Brown leads the Lions with 4.75 assists per game while Tuach is tied with Steven Haney Jr. with seven three-pointers on the season. Tuach in in the top-10 within the WCC in three-point shooting, hitting 50 percent on the season. Sixth-year senior Kelvin Amayo is third on the team with 10.3 points per game while also averaging a team-high 5.3 rebounds per contest. He has added 2.5 assists.
• The Lions shot a season-best 57.4 percent in the win over the Vikings, hitting 62.1 percent in the second half to erase a 10-point deficit. The Lions post play has been key early this season, scoring 140 points in the paint in the first four games, including a 42-28 edge at Nevada and a 36-32 edge against PSU. The senior Tuach is hitting 54.3 percent from the field, going 12-for-21 from inside the paint. Fellow senior Shamar Johnson has been even more efficient, going 12-for-20, hitting 60 percent from the field, ranking him top-five in the WCC.
• As of Dec. 5, the Lions led the WCC in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding Vanguard to 4-for-32 (.125), Nevada to 6-for-17 (.353), UCONN to 6-for-23 (26.1) and Portland State to 5-for-21 (23.8 percent), including a 1-for-7 clip in the second half. The Lions’ defense has been tough in the second half. The Lions are holding opponents to just 9-for-46 from three, 19.5 percent. Nevada went 4-for-9 against the Lions from three in the second half, everyone else has been just 13.5 percent from three in the second half.
• The Lions outscored UCONN 13-6 in points off turnovers and on the season LMU has outscored opponents 67-46 on turnovers. The Lions are second in the WCC averaging 8.5 steals per game and had 10 against both UCONN and Vanguard. It has been balanced across the roster. Buay Tuach leads the Lions with six, grabbing two against Portland State. Kelvin Amayo and Munis Tutu have five each, with Amayo getting three against UCONN and Tutu with three against Vanguard.
• Last year the Lions ranked 26th nationally in turnover margin and are currently second in the WCC at +1.25. They finished 2015-16 at +2.7. They are averaging 13.4 turnovers per contest while forcing 14.75 by their opponents. Last year they averaged 11.4 per game and forced 14.1.
• 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. 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 have five seniors on the squad in 2016-17, including All-WCC selection Brandon Brown. Joining Brown after their first season as transfers last year are Shamar Johnson and Buay Tuach. Adding more senior leadership will be Stefan Jovanovic, a transfer from Hawaii who went 28-6 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, and Kelvin Amayo, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
UPNEXT• The Lions complete their four-game homestand with Southern Utah on Dec. 8. They then travel to CSUN for the final game before finals week on Dec. 10. Both games are at 7 pm. Following finals, the Lions will host five of their next six games to close out the 2016 calendar year.
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LAST TIME OUT• LMU erased a 10-point first half deficit thanks in part to 62 percent shooting in the second half to earn a 78-62 win over Portland State at Gersten Pavilion Friday night. Brandon Brown led the Lions with 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal. Freshman Erik Johansson came off the bench to hit 5-of-7 three-pointers to add 15 points. Steven Haney Jr. added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, hitting a pair of three-pointers. LMU (2-2) finished shooting 57.4 percent from the field while Portland State (1-3) hit 37.7 percent. The Vikings were led by Braxton Tucker with 15 points and six rebounds.
• The Lions had 10 of their 15 turnovers in the first half to fall down 14-4 and then 16-6 with 10:12 to play in the first half. Less than two minutes later, the Lions would go on a 7-0 run to cut it to three, 16-13, on a Brown jumper. Portland State managed to hold a 33-32 lead at the break. The teams would trade buckets to open the half, but back-to-back buckets by Haney and Stefan Jovanovic would give the Lions a 39-35 lead, one they wouldn’t let go of. Up 46-42, the Lions would take control with an 8-0 run to go up 56-44 with 10:08 to play. They would stretch the lead to as large as 18.
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