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The 2012 West Coast Conference Basketball Championships have reached the quarterfinals, which take place Friday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Loyola Marymount Lions look for their 20th win of the season on Friday night, facing the San Francisco Dons in their third meeting of the season. Here are the details:
Records & Seeding: No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount (19-11, 11-5); No. 5 seed San Francisco (19-12, 8-8)
Location: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas
Time: 6 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU, with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call.
Streaming: Live on ESPN3
Series History: The two schools have met five times in the WCC Tournament, with San Francisco winning four of the five games. This season, Loyola Marymount has beaten San Francisco both times they played this season, both close games decided by a grand total of three points. The Lions won 77-76 in San Francisco in overtime on December 31, then overcame a 19-point deficit to win 90-88 at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles on February 4.
Up Next: The winner of this game will face the No. 1 seed Saint Mary's Gaels Saturday night in the tournament semifinals on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PST.
Good Start: Pepperdine has won their first WCC Tournament game in three of the last four seasons.
The Loyola Marymount Lions were picked to finish a distant sixth place in the West Coast Conference in the preseason coaches poll, but the Lions won 19 games and had huge road wins against two of the top three teams in the conference. As a result, head coach Max Good was named the WCC Coach of the Year by other coaches in the conference.
Good, in his fourth season as head coach at Loyola Marymount, led the Lions to a 3-2 record against ranked teams during the season, and the Lions led the conference in free throw percentage and three-point percentage defense. They had a six-game road winning streak in conference and finished the conference schedule with a 7-1 road record, including wins at Saint Mary's and BYU.
Good is the first LMU coach to be named Coach of the Year since John Olive in 1996.
Two Lions players made the All-West Coast Conference team, senior forward Drew Viney and sophomore guard Anthony Ireland, the two leading scorers for Loyola Marymount. The Lions are the No. 4 seed in the WCC Tournament, and play in the quarterfinals on Friday night in Las Vegas.
The Loyola Marymount Lions concluded their West Coast Conference regular season schedule with a 68-65 victory over the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The Lions have won seven of their last nine contests.
Loyola Marymount (19-11, 11-5 in WCC play) struggled in the first half against the Broncos, who came into the night with 16 straight losses. The Lions led just 29-28 at halftime. But Loyola Marymount pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 11 points.
Anthony Ireland led the Lions with 17 points and six assists. Senior forwards Drew Viney (14 points, nine rebounds) and LaRon Armstead (four points, two steals, 4-of-4 free throws) both contributed on Senior Night for Loyola Marymount. Armstead led the WCC in free throw percentage at 86.3%.
Raymond Cowels scored 22 points to lead the Broncos (8-21, 0-16), and added five rebounds in 33 minutes before fouling out.
Loyola Marymount is the No. 4 seed for the West Coast Conference tournament, which begins Wednesday. The Lions don't play until Friday, but a third meeting with the No. 5 San Francisco Dons seems likely. LMU swept USF this season, but the wins were by a total of three points. The Lions will play 6 p.m. on Friday on ESPNU and ESPN3.
The West Coast Conference close out its college basketball regular season schedule on Saturday night, and the seedings are set for the 2012 WCC Basketball Championships, which begin on Wednesday, February 28 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the full tournament schedule (all times PST):
Game 2: 6 p.m. - No. 5 San Francisco Dons vs. Game 1 winner (BYUtv / ESPN3)
Game 4: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Loyola Marymount Lions vs. Game 2 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)
Game 5: 30 minutes after Game 4 - No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. Game 3 winner (ESPNU / ESPN3)
Game 6: 6 p.m. - No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Game 4 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)
Game 7: 30 minutes after Game 6 - No. 1 Saint Mary's Gaels vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN2 / ESPN3)
Game 8: Championship Game (6pm, ESPN / ESPN3)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Christopher Allen and Darian Norris each scored 12 points to help lead the San Diego Toreros past the Loyola Marymount Lions 60-57 in West Coast Conference action at Gersten Pavilion.
Anderson also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds for San Diego (12-16, 7-8 WCC), which has won two of three. Dennis Kramer added 11 points for the Toreros. San Diego shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and it held Loyola to 10-of-28 shooting overall and just 1-of-7 from three-point range to take a 28-22 lead into the break. The teams spent much of the second half exchanging leads and ties. After an Ireland three-pointer for the Lions tied the game at 55-55 with 2:39 remaining, the Toreros answered with a three-pointer from Norris to retake the lead 58-55 with 1:17 left. Another Ireland bucket brought Loyola back within one, 58-57. Simi Fajemisin hit two free-throws for San Diego with 15 seconds left, giving Loyola one last possession down three, but an Ireland shot from beyond the arc was off the mark. San Diego was able to overcome 19 turnovers by winning the rebounding battle, 35-29.
Anderson also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds for San Diego (12-16, 7-8 WCC), which has won two of three. Dennis Kramer added 11 points for the Toreros.
San Diego shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and it held Loyola to 10-of-28 shooting overall and just 1-of-7 from three-point range to take a 28-22 lead into the break.
The teams spent much of the second half exchanging leads and ties. After an Ireland three-pointer for the Lions tied the game at 55-55 with 2:39 remaining, the Toreros answered with a three-pointer from Norris to retake the lead 58-55 with 1:17 left. Another Ireland bucket brought Loyola back within one, 58-57. Simi Fajemisin hit two free-throws for San Diego with 15 seconds left, giving Loyola one last possession down three, but an Ireland shot from beyond the arc was off the mark.
San Diego was able to overcome 19 turnovers by winning the rebounding battle, 35-29.
Anthony Ireland had 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, leading the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 61-53 win Friday night over the Valparaiso Crusaders in an ESPN BracketBusters game at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The victory was the second straight for the Lions, who have won six of their last seven games.
Ashley Hamilton added 12 points and five boards for Loyola Marymount (18-10), who shot 45.1% on the night. The Lions outrebounded the Crusaders 37-23. Drew Viney added nine points and three rebounds for the Lions.
Valparaiso never led in the ball game, but pulled to within one point with 12:27 remaining, but a 10-0 run by LMU put the game away.
Richie Edwards scored 17 points to lead Valparaiso (19-10), who shot 37.5% from the field during the game. The Crusaders took more three-point shots (28) during the game than they did two-point shots (20). Ryan Broekhoff added 16 points for the Crusaders.
Loyola Marymount remains home for the remainder of their regular season schedule, hosting the San Diego Toreros next Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion.
After picking up their biggest win of the season on Wednesday night on the road over No. 21 Saint Mary's, the Loyola Marymount Lions get to show their stuff on national television at home, hosting the Valparaiso Crusaders Friday night in a BracketBusters game on ESPNU. Here are the relevant details of this college basketball contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (17-10, 10-4 in West Coast Conference); Valparaiso (19-9, 12-4 in Horizon League)
Rankings: Loyola Marymount is No. 92 in the RPI, while Valparaiso is No. 94; In Ken Pomeroy's ratings, LMU is No. 123 and the Crusaders are No. 145; in the Sagarin ratings, LMU is No. 118 and Valparaiso is No. 127.
Location: Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles
Time: 6 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU, with Mark Neely and Miles Simon on the call
Streaming: ESPN3.com (now Watch ESPN)
Home vs. Road: LMU is 8-7 at home this season, Valparaiso is 8-7 on the road
Series History: This is the first all-time meeting between the two schools.
Leading Rebounders: Viney, LMU (5.3 rebounds per game); Brokehoff, Valparaiso (8.5 rpg)
The local college basketball weekend schedule is dominated by a pair of ESPN BracketBusters games, plus one trip east to visit an old coach. The Loyola Marymount Lions and Long Beach State 49ers will play BracketBusters games on Friday and Saturday, respectively, while the UCLA Bruins head to Madison Sqaure Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Here is the weekend college basketball slate:
6 p.m. - Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (ESPNU): The Lions are fresh off their biggest win of the season, a 75-60 win at No. 21 Saint Mary's, who was previously unbeaten at home. LMU finished their conference road schedule at 7-1, and have three home games left on their schedule before the West Coast Conference Tournament.
10 a.m. - UCLA at St. John's (CBS): The Bruins will head to Madison Square Garden to battle Steve Lavin and St. John's. Lavin, who coached the Bruins for seven years, underwent successful surgery to treat prostate cancer on October 6, and has followed a reduced, modified schedule, coaching in only four games since.
7 p.m. - Long Beach State at Creighton (ESPN2): The 49ers have won 12 straight games and 15 of their last 16 contests. This could have been the sixth opponent for Long Beach State ranked in the top 25 this season, but Creighton fell from No. 13 in the AP poll two weeks ago to on the outside looking in after three straight losses.
The Loyola Marymount Lions have been road warriors all season in the West Coast Conference, and on Wednesday night the Lions slayed their biggest road foe of the season, beating the No. 21 Saint Mary's Gaels 75-60 at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga. The loss was the first home defeat of the year for the Gaels, who suffered just their second conference loss of the year. LMU ended the road portion of its WCC schedule at 7-1.
The win for Loyola Marymount snapped an 11-game losing streak against Saint Mary's, and the Lions picked up their first road win over the Gaels since 2005. Loyola Marymount improved to 3-7 this season against teams currently ranked in the RPI top 50, and the Lions are 3-2 against teams ranked at the time they played.
Anthony Ireland scored 16 points and had seven assists for the Lions (17-10, 10-4), who shot 47.2% from the field for the game. Drew Viney scored 17 points for Loyola Marymount, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Loyola Marymount led 34-29 at halftime.
Rob Jones had a double-double for Saint Mary's with 25 points and 15 rebounds, but the Lions made Jones work for his points as the forward made 10 of his 22 field goals. Matthew Dellavedova added 10 points, five rebounds, and six assists for the Gaels (23-4, 12-2), who pulled into a tie in the loss column with the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the WCC.
The win for Loyola Marymount meant they will finish no worse than fourth in the final WCC regular season standings, as the Lions hold the tiebreaker over the San Francisco Dons (17-10, 7-6). Being in the top four in the conference means the Lions will get a bye past the opening day of the WCC Tournament, which begins on February 29.
The Lions continue their busy schedule of late with a game on Friday night against Valparaiso at Gersten Pavilion, a BracketBusters game that will be televised on ESPNU. The game against Valparaiso will be the fourth game in nine days for Loyola Marymount.
The Loyola Marymount Lions continue their road trek Wednesday night with a battle against the No. 21 Saint Mary's Gaels at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, California. The Lions open play Wednesday night at 9-4 in the West Coast Conference, three games behind the conference-leading Gaels. Here are the relevant details of Wednesday's game.
Records: Loyola Marymount (16-10, 9-4 in WCC); St. Mary's (23-2, 12-1)
Location: McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, California
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: Comcast Bay Area live, and Prime Ticket on tape delay at 10 p.m. (after UCLA vs. USC); Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini will be on the call.
Home vs. Road: Loyola Marymount is 8-3 on the road this season, including 6-1 on the road in conference play, with their only loss away from home in the WCC coming at Gonzaga on Saturday. Saint Mary's is 16-0 at home this season. This is the final road game of the season for Loyola Marymount, who returns to Los Angeles for three home games before the WCC Tournament.
Series History: St. Mary's leads the all-time series against Loyola Marymount 77-53, and the Gaels have won their last 11 straight meetings. St. Mary's has won seven straight home games against the Lions.
Leading Rebounders: Viney, Loyola Marymount (5.4 per game); Rob Jones, St. Mary's (10.6 rpg)
Top 50 Opponents: This is the 10th game of the season for Loyola Marymount against a current RPI top-50 team. The Lions are 2-7 in those games, with wins against St. Louis and BYU to date.
The West Coast Conference college basketball schedule is hitting the home stretch, with only three weeks remaining in the regular season. The Loyola Marymount Lions saw their undefeated road winning streak snapped at six games on Saturday at Gonzaga, and continue their tough road trip on Wednesday against the conference-leading Saint Mary's Gaels. Here is a look at the WCC schedule for the week (all times PST):
LMU at Saint Mary's, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
Portland at San Diego, 5:30 p.m. (Comcast Northwest)
BYU at San Francisco, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Pepperdine at Seattle, 7:10 p.m. (non-conference battle)
Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Valparaiso at LMU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU, a Bracket Busters game)
Saint Mary's at Murray State, 3 p.m. (ESPN, a Bracket Busters game)
BYU at Santa Clara, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Gonzaga at San Francisco, 5 p.m. (Comcast Bay Area, Root Northwest)
Portland at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. (Prime TIcket)
San Diego at Cal State Bakersfield, 7 p.m. (non-conference battle)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs kept their West Coast Conference regular season title hopes alive this week as they won their showdown with the Saint Mary's Gaels on Thursday night in a battle of the top two teams in the conference. Gonzaga beat Saint Mary's at home 73-59 to pull to within one game of the Gaels in the loss column.
The Loyola Marymount Lions had the displeasure of facing Gonzaga next, and lost 78-59 in Spokane on Saturday night, snapping the Lions' six-game road winning streak. Here are the update WCC standings.
|West Coast Conference Basketball Standings|
|Team||Conf.||Overall||This Week||Next Week|
|Saint Mary's||12-1||23-3||1-1||LMU, at Murray St.*|
|Gonzaga||10-2||20-4||2-0||at Santa Clara, at USF|
|BYU||9-3||21-6||1-0||at USF, at Santa Clara|
|Loyola Marymount||9-4||16-10||1-1||at St. Mary's, Valparaiso*|
|San Francisco||7-6||17-10||2-0||BYU, Gonzaga|
|San Diego||5-8||10-15||1-1||Portland, at CSU Bakersfield*|
|Portland||3-9||6-19||0-1||at USD, at Pepperdine|
|Pepperdine||2-12||8-17||0-2||at Seattle*, Portland|
|Santa Clara||0-12||8-17||0-2||Gonzaga, BYU|
|Through games of February 11; *non-conference game
With three conference games remaining, Loyola Marymount needs one win or a loss by the San Francisco Dons to clinch no worse than fourth place and a bye through the first day of the West Coast Conference Tournament. LMU hits the road to face Saint Mary's on Wednesday night.
The Loyola Marymount Lions suffered their first road loss of the season in West Coast Conference play, falling on Saturday night to the Gonzaga Bulldogs 78-59 at the McCarthey Center in Spokane, Washington. Kevin Pangos had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Gonzaga (20-4, 10-2 in West Coast Conference play), who remains one game behind the Saint Mary's Gaels for first place in the conference.
The Lions (16-10, 9-4) got stellar play from their two leading scorers on the season, as Drew Viney had 24 points and five rebounds while Anthony Ireland scored 23 in defeat. The duo combined to make 17 of their 29 field goals (58.6%) and five of their 12 three-point attempts (41.2%), but the rest of the Lions shot just 18.5% (five for 27), including one for 11 from beyond the arc.
Elias Harris had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who swept the season series with the Lions. Gonzaga won 62-58 at Gersten Pavilion on January 14. Gonzaga, who led 40-30 at halftime, shot 51.9% from the field during the game.
The schedule doesn't get any easier for Loyola Marymount, who travels to face conference-leading Saint Mary's on Wednesday night, hoping to deliver the first home loss of the season to the Gaels.
After winning four straight games, the Loyola Marymount University Lions take their undefeated conference road record to Spokane, Washington to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga is 12-1 at home and is sitting in second place in the West Coast Conference with a 9-2 record. LMU is only half a game behind the Bulldogs with a 9-3 record and could take over second place in the conference with a win on the road tonight.
The projected starters for LMU are sophomore guard Anthony Ireland, who is averaging 15.1 points per game, senior guard LaRon Armsteatd, who averages nine points per game, senior forward Drew Viney, who averages 15.7, junior forward Ashley Hamilton, who is averaging 11, and sophomore forward Godwin Okonji, who's averaging four points per game. For Gonzaga, the projected starters are guard Kevin Pangos, who averages 13.6 points per game, guard Gary Bell, who averages 9.9, guard Guy Landry, who averages 4.7, center Robert Sacre, who averages 11.7, and forward Elias Harris, who averages 13 points per game.
The last time these two team met was on Jan. 14 in Los Angeles and the Bulldogs beat the Lions by a score of 62-58. Gonzaga leads the series 57-21 and they've won the last four games in a row. The Bulldogs lead the Lions by a record of 32-6 at home and LMU hasn't beaten Gonzaga on the road since 1992.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 11; 5 p.m. (PT)
Location: Spokane, Washington; McCarthy Athletic Center
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Drew Viney scored 16 points Thursday night to lead the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 76-62 win over the Portland Pilots at Chiles Center in Portland. The win was the fourth straight victory overall for the Lions, who improved to 6-0 on the road in West Coast Conference play.
Viney hit all seven of his free throw attempts and made three shots from beyond the arc, and added five rebounds and three assists on the night. Anthony Ireland scored 15 points and dished out five assists for Loyola Marymount (16-9, 9-3), who shot 51.0% from the field on the night.
LaRon Armstead added 13 points and four rebounds for the Lions, and C.J. Blackwell scored 11 points on the night. Loyola Marymount continues their road trip on Saturday in Spokane, facing the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a battle for second place in the WCC.
The Loyola Marymount Lions captured one of their most memorable victories of the season on Saturday night, erasing a 19-point deficit to beat the San Francisco Dons 90-88 at home. LMU needed the win to remain tied for third place in the West Coast Conference standings.
What the win did for the Lions is create some separation between the top four teams in the conference and the rest. Loyola Marymount has a three game lead over fifth-place San Francisco with five conference games remaining, and the Lions hold the tiebreaker over the Dons by virtue of beating them twice. The top four seeds get a bye to the quarterfinals of the WCC Basketball Tournament, which will be held in Las Vegas this year.
|West Coast Conference Basketball Standings|
|Team||Conf.||Overall||This Week||Next Week|
|Saint Mary's||11-0||22-2||1-0||at Gonzaga, Santa Clara|
|Gonzaga||8-2||18-4||1-1||St. Mary's, LMU|
|Loyola Marymount||8-3||15-9||2-0||at Portland, at Gonzaga|
|San Francisco||5-6||15-10||0-1||Santa Clara, at San Diego|
|San Diego||4-7||9-14||1-1||at Pepperdine, San Francisco|
|Pepperdine||2-10||8-15||0-2||San Diego, at BYU|
|Santa Clara||0-10||8-15||0-2||at San Francisco, at St. Mary's|
|Through games of February 4
Loyola Marymount hits the road to face the Portland Pilots and Gonzaga Bulldogs next week, putting their undefeated (5-0) WCC road record on the line. The game of the week in the WCC comes Thursday night as Gonzaga hosts Saint Mary's Gaels in a battle of the top two teams in the conference.
The Loyola Marymount Lions fell behind by 19 points in the first half, but stormed back in the second half to defeat the San Francisco Dons 90-88 on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion. The win was the third in a row for Loyola Marymount (15-9, 8-3), who will finish the weekend no worse than a tie for third place in the West Coast Conference.
The Dons lead 85-77 with 2:49 remaining in the game, but three-pointers by Anthony Ireland and Drew Viney sliced into the lead, and Jarred DuBois hit two free throws with 1:28 remaining to give the Lions their first lead of the second half. Loyola Marymount ended the game on a 13-3 run for the win, the highest scoring game for the Lions against a Division I opponent this season.
Viney led the Lions with 20 points and nine rebounds, and was one of four Loyola Marymount players to score in double figures on the night. DuBois had 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists, and hit a trio of three-pointers. Anthony Ireland scored 15 points for the Lions, who shot 48.3% on the night, including 11 of 20 from three-point range.
Rashad Green led San Francisco (15-10, 5-6) with 24 points and seven rebounds in defeat. Angelo Caloiaro chipped in with 17 points and six rebounds for the Dons, who shot 47.5% on the night.
The Lions hit the road next weekend, beginning with a Thursday night trip to face the Portland Pilots. The Lions are 5-0 on the road in West Coast Conference play this season.
The Loyola Marymount Lions conclude their four-game homestand on Saturday night, hosting the San Francisco Dons in a West Coast Conference battle at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The Lions begin play on Saturday tied for third place in the WCC. Here are the relevant details of Saturday night's contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (14-9, 7-3 in WCC play); San Francisco (15-9, 5-5)
Location: Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles
Time: 7 p.m. PST
Streaming: The game can be seen online at LMULions.com, with Jeff Lampe and Jesse Kass on the call.
Home & Road: Loyola Marymount is 7-7 at home this season; San Francisco is 5-7 on the road
Series History: In a series that dates back to 1924, San Francisco leads the all-time series 104-37. The Lions won 77-76 at San Francisco in overtime on December 31. The Dons swept last season's series, and their last three meetings have been decided by a total of four points.
Leading Rebounders: Ashley Hamilton, Loyola Marymount (5.6 rebounds per game); Caloiaro, San Francisco (6.1 rpg)
Shooting Star: Loyola Marymount senior guard LaRon Armstead made all six free throw attempts Thursday against Pepperdine, and on the season has made 57 of 64 free throws (89.1%). Armstead leads the West Coast Conference in free throw shooting percentage and ranks 17th in the nation in Division I.
Jarred DuBois scored 14 points and had four assists, leading the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 67-57 win over the Pepperdine Waves in a West Coast Conference battle at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night. The win was the second straight for the Lions and completed a season sweep over Pepperdine.
LaRon Armstead also scored 14 points for the Lions (14-9, 7-3), who shot 43.4% from the field on the night. Loyola Marymount had a balanced scoring attack, with five players scoring at least eight points.
Armstead made all six free throw attempts on the night, improving his WCC-best free throw percentage to 89.1%.
Taylor Darby led Pepperdine (8-14, 2-9) with 18 points, and is averaging 17.0 points over his last four contests. Freshman scoring sensation Jordan Baker, leading the Waves in scoring in WCC play at 12.5 points per game, was held to six points Thursday night on just 3-of-12 shooting. Pepperdine shot 38.2% from the field on the night, including just two of 15 from three-point range.
Loyola Marymount remains home for the weekend, hosting the San Francisco Dons on Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion. Pepperdine welcomes the No. 24 Gonzaga Bulldogs to Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu on Saturday night.
The Loyola Marymount Lions welcome their PCH Cup rivals, the Pepperdine Waves, to Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night in a West Coast Conference battle on Prime Ticket. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, with LMU beating Pepperdine 68-58 in Malibu on January 12. Here are the details of Thursday night's contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (13-9, 6-3); Pepperdine (8-13, 2-8)
Location: Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles
Time: 7:30 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, with Paul Sunderland and Michael Cage on the call.
Streaming: Available online at LMULions.com
Series History: Pepperdine has won 24 of the last 30 meetings between the two schools, but Loyola Marymount with their win in Malibu on January 12 snapped a 13-game road losing streak to the Waves.
Full Strength: Since junior forward Ashley Hamilton returned to the lineup from a foot injury on January 7, the Lions are 5-2, as they have had their three leading scorers all healthy at the same time: Drew Viney (15.9 points per game), Anthony Ireland (15.4 ppg), and Hamilton (12.3 ppg).
PCH Cup: The two schools, separated by 19.1 miles, have joined to battle for the PCH Cup, founded in the 2009-2010 season. The all-sport competition awards one point for a home win and 1.5 points for a road triumph, and Pepperdine leads LMU in the 2011-2012 campaign 7.0 to 4.5 points.
Freshman Sensation: First-year guard Jordan Baker leads Pepperdine with a 13.2 points-per-game scoring average in WCC play, second among freshmen in the conference.
To reach March Madness, the Loyola Marymount Lions basically need to run the table in regular season and get wins over Saint Mary's and Gonzaga, and probably make conference finals to snag an at-large bid. They lost at Kansas, UNC, and Louisville; they won at Pittsburgh and beat Xavier in the Diamond Head Classic Tournament in Hawaii (Xavier was missing 2 suspended players from the Cincinnati fighting incident). They're at 13-9 with an RPI of 108, and have a long way to go if they plan on making the tournament. Their signature victories are against UCLA (which isn't looking so impressive) and St. Louis back in November; their best win probably came against BYU. This is hardly the resume you want going into the tournament.
They'll try and get another test outside of conference, although it's not the most formidable foe they could face. Bracketbusters were announced today, and LMU drew an okay, but hardly impressive opponent.
The Crusaders travel to LA to play Loyola Marymount Feb 17 in ESPN Bracketbuster.Looking forward to seeing the West Coast alums.— Mark LaBarbera (@ValpoAD) January 30, 2012
The Valparaiso Crusaders hardly have the type of resume that would push LMU over the top. LMU will have to keep on trending upward and likely keep on winning to stay alive.
With five wins in their last seven games, the Loyola Marymount Lions have moved into a tie for third place in the West Coast Conference standings. LMU (13-9, 6-3) is tied with the BYU Cougars (18-6, 6-3), and each team is looking up at the two conference powers, the Saint Mary's Gaels (21-2, 10-0) and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1).
Loyola Marymount has a chance to continue their rise in the WCC, as they host a pair of games this week, against the Pepperdine Waves and San Francisco Dons, both of whom they have beaten on the road this season. Here is a look at the upcoming schedule this week for the WCC, which is highlighted by BYU and Gonzaga battling Thursday night on ESPN2:
7 p.m. - San Diego at Saint Mary's
7 p.m. -Portland at Santa Clara
7:30 p.m. - Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount (Prime Ticket)
8 p.m. - Gonzaga at BYU (ESPN)
4 p.m. - Santa Clara at San Diego (Channel 4 SD)
7 p.m. - BYU at Portland (BYUtv)
7 p.m. - Gonzaga at Pepperdine (Root Northwest)
7 p.m. - San Francisco at Loyola Marymount
The Loyola Marymount Lions got a three-pointer from Jarred DuBois with 18 seconds remaining in the game Saturday night, giving the Lions a 62-59 home win over the Portland Pilots at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The win for the Lions, combined with the Saint Mary's Gaels getting a road win in Provo over the BYU Cougars, moved LMU into a tie for third place in the West Coast Conference standings.
|West Coast Conference Basketball Standings|
|Team||Conf.||Overall||This Week||Next Week|
|Gonzaga||7-1||17-3||1-0||at BYU, at Pepperdine|
|Loyola Marymount||6-3||13-9||2-1||Pepperdine, USF|
|BYU||6-3||18-6||1-1||Gonzaga, at Portland|
|San Francisco||5-5||15-9||2-0||at LMU|
|San Diego||3-6||8-13||1-1||at St. Mary's, Santa Clara|
|Portland||2-7||5-17||0-2||at Santa Clara, BYU|
|Pepperdine||2-8||8-13||1-1||at LMU, Gonzaga|
|Santa Clara||0-8||8-13||0-3||Portland, at San Diego|
|Through games of January 28|
The Pepperdine Waves snapped an eight-game losing streak Saturday night with a 74-62 home win over the Santa Clara Broncos, dropping the Broncos to 0-8 in WCC play. The Waves host the Gonzaga Bulldogs next Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
It took four tries, but the Loyola Marymount Lions finally recorded their first West Coast Conference home win of the season Saturday night. Jarred DuBois hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with 18 seconds left, giving LMU a 62-59 triumph over the Portland Pilots at Gersten Pavilion. The Lions moved into a tie for third place in the WCC with the BYU Cougars at 6-3.
DuBois led the Lions with 18 points, making seven of 11 shots from the field. Drew Viney added 14 points and five rebounds for LMU, who shot 41.7% from the field and made just four of 19 three-point shots. Anthony Ireland was held to six points on 3-of-8 shooting.
The two teams were tied 31-31 at halftime, and the game remained close the rest of the way. There were 10 ties and six lead changes in the game, and neither team led by more than seven points.
Kevin Bailey led Portland (5-17, 2-17) with 22 points. Thomas Van Der Mars added 10 points for the Pilots in defeat.
Loyola Marymount remains home for a pair of games next weekend, beginning with a Thursday night battle against the Pepperdine Waves.
The Loyola Marymount Lions conclude their very busy week on Saturday night, hosting the Portland Pilots in a West Coast Conference affair at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. Saturday is the third game in six days for LMU, currently in fourth place in the WCC. Here are the details of Saturday night's contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (12-9, 5-3 in WCC); Portland (5-16, 2-6)
Location: Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports West, with Chris McGee and Mitch Butler on the call.
Streaming: Available on LMULions.com, but only for markets outside of the West Coast Conference
Road, Sweet Road: Loyola Marymount has had a bizarre season in conference play, as they are 5-0 on the road in the WCC, but 0-3 at home. Their three home games so far have happened to come against the top three teams in the conference, the Saint Mary's Gaels, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and BYU Cougars.
Scoring: Reigning WCC Player of the Week Anthony Ireland played all 40 minutes in Thursday's loss to Saint Mary's, scoring 15 points. That followed games of 25 and 27 points for Ireland, who is third in the WCC averaging 15.8 points per game on the season. Ireland ranks second in the conference with a 19.0 scoring average in conference games.
Series History: LMU leads the all-time series with Portland 43-41. The Lions lost both regular season contests last year to the Pilots, but beat Portland 72-68 in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Percentage Plays: Loyola Marymount leads the West Coast Conference in both free throw percentage (73.7%) and three-point field goal defense (29.1%).
Maybe the Loyola Marymount Lions can petition the West Coast Conference to play all their games on the road. LMU held an early seven-point lead in the first half, but ultimately fell Thursday night 71-64 to the No. 20 Saint Mary's Gaels at the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.
The Lions (12-9, 5-3) are winless at home in WCC play this season, yet undefeated on the road in conference action. With the loss, Loyola Marymount fell to 2-2 against ranked foes. The Lions have lost 11 straight games to Saint Mary's.
Drew Viney led the Lions with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers. Anthony Ireland, who won the WCC Player of the Week last week, scored 15 points and dished out five assists for Loyola Marymount, who shot 41.4% from the field.
Saint Mary's (20-2, 9-0) remained undefeated in the WCC thanks to a strong game down low. The Gaels outscored the Lions 34-18 in the paint and outrebounded LMU 39-24. Rob Jones grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 11 points, and Stephen Holt led Saint Mary's with 19 points.
Loyola Marymount next hosts Portland on Saturday night in a game that will be televised by Fox Sports West.
The Loyola Marymount Lions only played one game last week, but it was enough to make a big impact on the West Coast Conference. The Lions went into Provo and beat the BYU Cougars 82-68 for their fourth straight road win. Sophomore guard Anthony Ireland led the way with a career-high 27 points, and on Monday was named the WCC Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Ireland is the second LMU player to capture the Player of the Week award this season. Junior forward Ashley Hamilton won the first award of the season, on November 14.
In addition to his 27 points, Ireland and five assists and five steals in the win at BYU. Ireland made seven of his nine shots from the field and made 12 of his 14 free throw attempts. All 14 of his free throw attempts came in the final four minutes of the game to help salt away the victory.
Ireland continued his scoring spree with 25 points Monday night as the Lions extended their road winning streak to five games with a 74-62 victory at the Santa Clara Broncos. On the season, Ireland is averaging 15.86 points per game, narrowly behind Drew Viney (15.90 ppg) for the team lead. Ireland also leads the Lions averaging 5.2 assists per contest.
Ireland and the Lions have their work cut out for them later this week as they host the No. 21 Saint Mary's Gaels on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week winner Anthony Ireland scored 25 points, leading the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 74-62 win over the Santa Clara Broncos Monday night at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara. The win was the fifth straight road win for Loyola Marymount, who improved to 5-2 in West Coast Conference play.
Ireland made seven of his 13 field goal attempts, including two of five from three-point range. Ireland, who scored 27 points in last Thursday's win over the BYU Cougars in Provo, made nine of his ten free throws Monday night en route to his 25 points. Ireland also dished out five assists.
Loyola Marymount is now 7-2 on the road for the season, their most road victories in a season since the 1990-1991 season. The Lions have won their first five road games in conference play for the first time since that 1990-1991 season, when LMU went 14-0 in the conference.
LMU hosts the No. 21 Saint Mary's Gaels on Thursday night at Gersten Pavilion.
The Loyola Marymount Lions take their four-game road winning streak into northern California Monday night to battle the Santa Clara Broncos at the Leavey Center. It is the start of a busy week for Loyola Marymount, who could make a run in the West Coast Conference standings with three games on the schedule this week.
The Lions host the No. 21 St. Mary's Gaels on Thursday night, and the Gaels continue their road show with a Saturday battle at BYU in what is likely the conference game of the week. Here is the look at the WCC schedule this week.
Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
BYU at Virginia Tech, 4 p.m. (non-conference game; on ESPN3.com, with Walter Stolhort and Steven Binder on the call)
No. 21 Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m.
Pepperdine at San Diego, 7 p.m.
San Francisco at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.
Gonzaga at Portland, 8 p.m. (ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, with Dave Fleming and Miles Simon on the call)
No. 21 Saint Mary's at BYU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU, with Dave Fleming and Sean Farnham on the call)
Portland at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports West)
Santa Clara at Pepperdine, 7 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 7 p.m.
The Loyola Marymount Lions continued their road romp through the West Coast Conference, upsetting the BYU Cougars 82-68 Thursday night in Provo. Loyola Marymount is now 4-0 on the road in the WCC and 6-2 on the road on the season.
Anthony Ireland scored 27 points, including 12-of-14 from the free throw line, to lead the Lions, while Drew Viney scored 21 points for Loyola Marymount. The two leading scorers combined to make 14 of 20 shots from the field (70%) on the night.
Noah Hartsock scored 28 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead BYU. Brandon Davies scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cougars, who shot just 38.3% from the field on the night, including a devastating two for 25 from three-point range.
The Lions led 40-34 at halftime, and led the entire second half. BYU cut the lead to just three at 61-58 with 5:55 remaining in the game, but LMU ended the game on a 21-10 run. Loyola Marymount continues their WCC play on Monday night on the road against the Santa Clara Broncos.
The Loyola Marymount Lions look to continue their West Coast Conference road success Thursday night as they travel to Provo, Utah to face the BYU Cougars. The Lions have opened their conference season 3-2, with all three wins coming on the road. Loyola Marymount is 5-2 on the road so far this season.
With three road wins and a 3-2 record, deductive reasoning means the Lions have lost two games at home. One of those losses came at the hands of BYU, who won at Gersten Pavilion 73-65 on January 5. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's night's WCC contest:
Records: LMU (10-8, 3-2 in WCC); BYU (16-4, 5-1)
Location: The Marriott Center in Provo Utah
Time: 5:30 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, and BYUtv, and streamed online at BYUtv.org
Series History: The two schools are 2-2 against one another, dating back to 1936. BYU has won the last two meetings, including 2008 in Provo. This is the first year for the Cougars as members of the West Coast Conference.
Road Streak: The Lions conference road winning streak of three games is their longest since the 1991-1992 season.
Charity Stripe Success: Loyola Marymount is second in the West Coast Conference in free throw shooting at 72.6%. LaRon Armstead has made 42 of 48 free throws on the season, and is second in the conference at 87.5%.
An ice-cold second half squashed the upset hopes of the Loyola Marymount Lions, who fell 62-58 to the No. 21 Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Lions, who fell to 3-2 in West Coast Conference play.
LMU took a 34-32 lead into halftime thanks to 12 second-chance points and decent shooting from the field (44.8%). But Gonzaga started the second half on a 17-4 run to build an 11-point lead. The Lions shot just 28.6% (six for 21) from the field in the second half.
Ashley Hamilton scored 16 points to lead LMU in defeat, while LaRon Armstead poured in 14 points off the bench, including a pair of three-pointers. Lions' leading scorer Drew Viney struggled on Saturday with just six points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Elias Harris scored 19 points to lead Gonzaga, who is tied with the BYU Cougars for second place in the WCC. Gary Bell added 16 points for the Bulldogs, who have beaten Loyola Marymount four straight times.
Loyola Marymount hits the road next week, beginning with a Thursday night trip to Utah to face the BYU Cougars.
Anthony Ireland scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had three assists, leading the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 68-58 road win over the Pepperdine Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. The win for LMU snapped a 13-game road losing streak for the Lions at Pepperdine, and moved Loyola Marymount to 3-1 in West Coast Conference play.
The loss was the fourth straight defeat for Pepperdine (7-8, 1-3), who shot 37.7% from the field. Jordan Baker scored 14 points and had nine rebounds in defeat for the Waves, while Taylor Darby also scored 14 and Joshua Lowery scored 13 points for Pepperdine.
Drew Viney had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Loyola Marymount, who has won four of their last five games. LMU shot 42.9% from the field during the game, and narrowly outrebounded Pepperdine 41-40. Loyola Marymount returns home on Saturday to host Gonzaga.
Pepperdine travels north on Saturday afternoon, battling San Francisco on the road. The Waves beat the Dons on December 29 for their only WCC win this season.
The Pepperdine Waves look to snap a three-game losing streak on Thursday night while simultaneously continuing their home mastery of the Loyola Marymount Lions, as the two schools meet in a PCH Cup game at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. Pepperdine has won 13 straight home games against LMU. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's West Coast Conference showdown:
Records: Loyola Marymount (9-7, 2-1 in WCC play); Pepperdine (7-8, 1-3)
Location: Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: ESPNU and ESPN3.com, with Mark Neely and Miles Simon on the call
Series History: Pepperdine leads the all-time series with LMU 91-63, and has won 24 of their last 29 meetings overall, including the last 13 in Malibu.
Streaking: The Waves are coming off three straight subpar offensive games, scoring 45, 45, and 43 points in losses to WCC foes Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, and Portland, all losses. Loyola Marymount, meanwhile, is 2-0 on the road in West Coast Conference play so far this season, and 4-2 on the road overall.
Drew Viney scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Loyola Marymount Lions to a 79-68 road win over the San Diego Toreros Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Center in San Diego. It was the third win in the last four games for Loyola Marymount, who improved to 2-1 in West Coast Conference play.
The game was tied at 30-30 with 5:36 remaining in the first half, but the Lions closed the half on a 6-1 run, with Viney scoring the final five points of the half for LMU. With Viney and Ashley Hamilton now healthy, it gives Loyola Marymount a pair of dynamic forwards to lead their offense and makes them a formidable opponent in the WCC.
Hamilton scored 16 points and had seven rebounds off the bench. Viney has only played six games this season and Hamilton has only played four, but the two have averaged 16.5 and 15.5 points per game, respectively. This was the first game in which both have played together this season.
Anthony Ireland scored 15 points, had four rebounds, and four assists for LMU in the win. Johnny Dee scored 24 points to lead San Diego (5-10, 0-3). Christopher Anderson added 13 points, eight assists, and five rebounds for the Toreros.
Loyola Marymount travels to Malibu to face the Pepperdine Waves in a WCC contest on Thursday night on ESPNU.
The Loyola Marymount Lions welcomed the BYU Cougars to Los Angeles for the first time in 75 years on Thursday night, but the Cougars were rude guests, coming away with a 73-65 win over the Lions in the West Coast Conference home opener for LMU.
LMU was up 39-38 with 16:48 remaining in the game, but BYU finished the game on a 35-26 run. Noah Hartsock scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half for the Cougars (13-4, 2-1).
The two teams were tied 34-34 at halftime, as Drew Viney scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Even though the pace was fast in the first half, neither team shot well as BYU shot 35.1%, including making just two of 13 shots from three-point range. Loyola Marymount shot 37.5% in the first half, including three of 12 from beyond the arc. BYU shot 53.8% from the field in the second half, while LMU still struggled at 31.4%.
The Loyola Marymount Lions look for their third straight win on Thursday night in their West Coast Conference home opener against the BYU Cougars at Gersten Pavilion. LMU opened their WCC schedule with a 77-76 overtime win on the road at the University of San Francisco on Saturday night. Here are the relevant details of Thursday's contest:
Records: Loyola Marymount (8-6, 1-0); BYU (12-4, 1-1)
Location: Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, California
Time: 6 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket and BYU-TV; this is one of 10 conference games for Loyola Marymount that will be televised this season.
First Time For Everything: This is just the fourth meeting between LMU and BYU as the Cougars are in their first year in the West Coast Conference. This is BYU's first game at Gersten Pavilion. The only other time the Cougars played at LMU was a 35-32 home win for the Lions on December 30, 1936.
The Loyola Marymount Lions traveled to Northern California for their first WCC game of the season on Saturday evening. The hometown San Francisco Dons battled back from an early deficit to tie the game with a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and send the game to overtime. The Lions were eventually able to come out on the winning end, picking up their first WCC win in a 77-76 overtime affair. They now hold an overall record of 8-6.
LMU opened up an early lead and held a sizable 37-20 advantage at halftime. The Dons scored an impressive 50 points in the second half to force an overtime, but the Lions were able to emerge victorious thanks to Anthony Ireland scoring the eventual game-winner on a jump shot with just 0:25 left.
Forward C.J. Blackwell led all LMU scorers with 19 points, also picking up six rebounds and an assist. Ireland fell just short of a double-double with 17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.
The Lions will play their next game on Thursday, December 5 as they host the Brigham Young Cougars.
The LMU Lions basketball team concluded it's holiday swing of East Coast schools tonight against the Morgan St. Bears, and they were met by an unrelenting sleuth that left the Lions wounded with the final of score 69-45. The game was the final non-conference road game of the season for the Lions, who have just two home games remaining before West Coast Conference play begins. This was LMU's first trip to Hill Field House, though Morgan St. has played at LMU twice.
While it's not surprising LMU ran out of gas on their fourth straight game on the other side of the country, it is surprising that it came against the previously 1-7 Bears. After seven straight loses to open the season, the Bears have turned it around with a 13 point defeat of Maryland - Baltimore County and not the 24 point defeat of the Lions.
Dewayne Jackson was the standout for Morgan St., scoring 14 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Anthony Ireland was the offensive creator for LMU, with 11 assists as well as 6 points and 8 rebounds. However, he only shot 33% from the field and coughed up 3 turnovers.
LMU as a team only shot 35% from the field, while Morgan St. shot with 47% accuracy. That included a great night from behind the arc for Morgan St. where they shot 32%. LMU turned the ball over 18 times, and only C.J. Blackwell broke double digit scoring with 10 points.
The size and depth of the Florida State Seminoles proved too much for the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday afternoon, as the Lions fell 77-61 at The Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It was the first road loss of the season for LMU in just their third game away from home.
Bernard James had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Florida State (8-3), and Okaro White chipped in with 11 rebounds to go with his seven points. Florida State outrebounded Loyola Marymount 49-32 for the game. The Lions have lost to the Seminoles in each of the last two seasons, the only two meetings between the two schools in their history.
The Lions trailed just 16-15 with nine minutes remaining in the first half, but went ice cold for the remainder of the half. Loyola Marymount made just three of their final 12 field goals of the half, including four missed layups, and were outscored 22-8 by the Seminoles, who took a 38-23 lead into halftime. LMU shot just 28% from the field in the first half (seven of 25) and committed 11 turnovers.
Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount with 19 points, and C.J. Blackwell contributed 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Loyola Marymount (6-5) next plays on Wednesday night in Baltimore, Maryland against the Morgan St. Bears.
The Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday travel to Tallahassee to battle the Florida St. Seminoles in a nationally televised game on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. It is the first road game since November 23 for LMU, who went 4-2 on their six game homestand. Here are the relevant details of Sunday afternoon's college basketball affair:
Records: LMU (6-4); Florida State (7-3)
Ratings: Neither team is ranked in any poll, but FSU is ranked 31st by the Jeff Sagarin computer ratings and LMU is ranked 178th.
Location: The Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida
Time: 12 p.m. PST
TV: ESPNU and ESPN3.com, with Doug Bell and Carolyn Peck on the call; this is the second of nine televised games this season for the Lions.
Radio: KXLU 88.9 FM, with Jeff Lampe on the call
Road Grays: Loyola Marymount is 2-0 on the road this season, with wins over then-No. 17 UCLA and at Idaho State; Florida State is 6-1 at home this season
Series History: This is only the second meeting between the two schools, with Florida State winning 74-63 last season at Gersten Pavilion. This is the first game for LMU against an ACC school since 2004
Defense: The Lions will have trouble scoring against Florida State, one of the toughest defensive teams in the nation. FSU is seventh in the country in field goal percentage allowed (34.1%) and blocked shots (6.9 per game), and are 11th in three-point field goal percentage allowed (24.8%).
The Loyola Marymount Lions hosted the Idaho State Bengals on Saturday night and managed to pick up an 80-72 overtime win to improve to 6-4 on the season.
The Lions held a 38-35 lead after the first half, but Idaho State managed to tie the game at the end of regulation. Loyola Marymount was able to put things away handily in the overtime period, however, outscoring the Bengals 12-4 to finish the night.
Idaho State's Kenny McGowan led all scorers with 21 points, also picking up three assists.
The top performers for LMU were Jarred DuBois, who finished the game with 15 points, five assists and two rebounds; forward LaRon Armstead, who scored 14 points and picked up five rebounds and forward C.J. Blackwell, who managed a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Idaho State is now 0-5 on the road. Loyola Marymount will hit the road for their next game, as they play the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday, December 18.
Chris Jones scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the North Texas Mean Green over the Loyola Marymount Lions 76-63 Sunday night at Gersten Pavilion, in the final day of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic. It capped a rough weekend for LMU, who lost two of three games in their own tournament, with their only win coming against an NAIA school in La Sierra.
Despite shooting 60.9% from the field in the first half, LMU trailed 38-35 at halftime thanks in part to nine turnovers. The Lions turned ice cold in the second half, making just eight of 25 field goals (32%) while committing seven more turnovers. North Texas only had four turnovers for the whole game.
LaRon Armstead scored 16 points and grabbed seven points to lead Loyola Marymount. He was the only Lion to score in double figures. The Lions are off until Saturday, when they host the Idaho State Bengals at Gersten Pavilion.
Earlier in the day in the Westside Centennial Classic, the Columbia Lions beat La Sierra 78-56.
The Loyola Maymount Lions coasted to an easy win on Saturday night over the former Division III La Sierra University Golden Eagles, who play out of Riverside. When all was said and done, the Lions had picked up an easy 87-45 win to improve their record to 5-3 overall, with a 3-3 record at home.
The SoCal matchup was as lopsided as expected from the outset, as Loyola Marymount broke out to an early 49-22 lead in the first half and never looked back.
Lions forward C.J. Blackwell led all scorers with 21 points, also picking up eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks. Tim Diederichs scored 16 points, LaRon Armstead added 12 and Quincy Lawson scored 12 as well, also adding seven rebounds and three steals. The four forwards combined for 61 of Loyola Marymount's 87 points.
The Lions will next take on the North Texas Mean Green on Sunday, December 4.
The Loyola Marymount Lions are hosting their first tournament at Gersten Pavilion in 19 years, the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic. However, the Columbia Lions were rude guests on Friday night, riding a strong first half to a 69-61 win over LMU on day one of the three-day tournament. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by Loyola Marymount.
Columbia built a 36-22 lead by halftime, shooting 56.5% from the field and making six of the 11 three-point shots. On the game, Columbia made 12 of 19 shots from beyond the arc. Brian Barbour hit four of those three-pointers and led Columbia with 24 points.
Anthony Ireland led LMU with 17 points and five rebounds in the loss. LMU was outrebounded 36-22.
North Texas had no trouble with La Sierra earlier Friday, winning 92-45 in the opening game of the tournament. LMU hosts La Sierra Saturday night on day two of the tournament.
The Loyola Marymount Lions have a three-game winning streak heading into Friday at Gersten Pavilion, where they will host the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Centennial Classic. The four-team tournament will run Friday through Sunday, and feature battles with the North Texas Mean Green, Columbia Lions, and NAIA school La Sierra Golden Eagles.
The weekend is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Loyola Marymount University, and all four teams in the tournament will play each other once. All games will be broadcast online at LMULions.com. Here is the tournament schedule (all times PST):
LMU is coming off an upset of the No. 23 Saint Louis Billikens, a 75-68 home win on Tuesday night, led by 22 points off the bench by LaRon Armstead. The Lions have beaten both ranked opponents they have faced this season, as the UCLA Bruins were No. 17 when they lost to LMU 69-58 on November 11. This is the first time LMU has beaten a ranked team in consecutive chances since the 1989-1990 NCAA Tournament.
To this point, the average margin of victory for the St. Louis Billikens had been 18 points, and that includes their victory over the weekend in the Anaheim Honda Center hosted 76 Tournament defeating the Oklahoma Sooners by 20 points. However, the Atlantic 10 conference team ran out of gas against the LMU Lions, who were able to win 75-68. Loyola Marymount picked up their fourth victory of the year and their second signature win after a victory over UCLA in the season opener.
The game was close throughout, with LMU closing the gap before halftime after trailing by as much as 12 points, then taking over the lead halfway through the second half. LMU got double digit scoring performances from three of their players; Anthony Ireland, Jarred DuBois, and LaRon Armstead. Armstead's 22 points off the bench leading all scorers was crucial to say the least.
The previously undefeated Billikens had knocked off the Washington Huskies, Villanova, and the previously mentioned Sooners, and were starting to get bracket buster buzz after taking the 76 Tournament. Cody Ellis, who was able to score 11 points in the first half for St. Louis was held to seven in the second half. With Armstead and DuBois with 14 points each in the second half, the Lions were able to pull away and never look back.
The biggest difference in the game was points off turnovers, with LMU getting 18 points to St. Louis' eight. To score 75 points on a team that hadn't given up more than 60 all season is a credit to both how well LMU played and how sloppy the tired Billikens played. Both teams shot with similar accuracy, but St. Louis gave LMU more opportunities than they were able to create for themselves.
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - J.T. Sulton registered a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders posted a 58-51 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions in non-conference action at Gersten Pavilion. Also scoring in double figures for the Blue Raiders (2-0) was Marcos Knight with 15 points, adding seven rebounds of his own in the triumph.
The Lions (1-1) were paced by Ashley Hamilton who tallied 15 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Jarred DuBois tacked on 12 points in the loss. Both teams had a hard time finding the range from the floor in the first half, but even though Middle Tennessee connected on just 23.5 percent of its attempts, the visitors still held a 22-20 lead at the break.
In the second half the Blue Raiders jumped to 58.8 percent accuracy and also made 14-of-19 at the free-throw line in order to claim the seven-point win. In a game that saw six ties and seven lead changes, the Lions hurt themselves with just 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-18 beyond the arc.
The UCLA Bruins had a rude awakening in their home away from home Friday night, losing their college basketball regular season opener to the Loyola Marymount Lions, 69-58. Ashley Hamilton led the Lions with 23 points, and made both of his three-point attempts. Anthony Ireland scored 21 points, had five rebounds and five assists in the win for LMU.
The loss for UCLA was the first for the Bruins against Loyola Marymount since a 40-34 defeat in the 1941-1942 season. The Bruins are now 15-3 all-time against the Lions.
Reeves Nelson and David Wear each scored 13 points to lead UCLA, who shot just 38.1% from the field during the game. Three pointers tell the story, as LMU had 10 of 15 shots from distance compared to just two for 16 by UCLA.
The Bruins next play Tuesday night against Middle Tennessee State at the Sports Arena in the opener of the Maui-on-Mainland tournament.
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Injuires derailed LMU's season last year and the team finished last in the WCC. But a return to full strength could see a much-improved Lions' team.