Loyola Marymount (10-10) at Pacific (10-7)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 23, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alex G. Spanos Center (6,150) -- Stockton, California.
Television: None. Home Record: LMU 5-2, Pacific 5-2. Away Record: LMU 2-6,
Pacific 2-4. Neutral Record: LMU 3-2, Pacific 3-1. Conference Record: LMU 2-6,
Pacific 1-5. Series Record: Series is tied, 24-24.
GAME NOTES: The two teams buried at the bottom of the West Coast Conference
standings get together tonight, as the Pacific Tigers host the Lions of Loyola
Marymount at the Spanos Center.
The Tigers, who have come over from the Big West Conference, are all by
themselves in last place in the WCC with just a single win in six tries, that
lone victory being an 80-68 final over Santa Clara 12 days ago. Over the
weekend, Pacific came up short at Saint Mary's by a score of 79-73, the sixth
loss in eight games for the program.
As for the Lions, while they are slightly ahead of Pacific in the standings at
the moment, the team is still spinning out of control on a six-game slide
overall. Last Saturday, the squad was tripped up by Gonzaga at home by a score
of 82-72. At this point, the last win for LMU was a 65-62 triumph versus San
Diego on Dec. 30.
The series between these two teams is currently knotted at 24-24, with Pacific
winning the most recent meeting back in 2010 by a score of 86-76, as part of
Evan Payne scored 19 points, leading four players in double figures for the
Lions, but he also turned the ball over five times without the benefit of a
single assists in the double-digit setback at home. CJ Blackwell and Anthony
Ireland both dropped in 13 points, the latter posting nine assists in order to
offset a disappointing 5-of-15 shooting from the floor, while Nick Stover
tacked on 10 points for a team that allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 53.2 percent
from the field.
Ireland has watched his scoring average wane as the season has worn on, but
still he is putting up a solid 18.4 ppg, not to mention handing out 111
assists. However, his 3-point accuracy (.280) is still a concern because it
has taken the entire team down to only 28.1 percent, compared to 36.0 percent
for the competition.
In a game that was filled with a staggering 60 personal fouls, Pacific ended
up a solid 22-of-28 at the free-throw line, but still that wasn't good enough
as the Gaels knocked down 31-of-43 at the charity stripe in the six-point
decision at McKeon Pavilion. Tony Gill came off the bench to tally 16 points
for Pacific, followed by Trevin Harris, Sama Taku and Andrew Bock with 11
points apiece, while Ross Rivera pitched in with 10.
Bock leads the Tigers in scoring for the time being with his 12.2 ppg, but hot
on his tail is Taku who is responsible for 12.1 ppg, although the latter us
shooting just 39.1 percent from the floor and 18.9 percent out on the
perimeter through 17 games. As a group, the Tigers are converting 35.3 percent
from 3-point range, attempting an average of almost 17 shots per contest from
As long as Ireland can convert his numerous shot attempts at a much better
rate this time around, and his teammates can bring ample support, it doesn't
feel like a stretch to predict the Lions as the victors tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola Marymount 72, Pacific 68
01/23 10:17:59 ET
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