March 14, 2012
Westchester, Calif. -
Anthony Ireland scored 26 points and Drew Viney added 19 to lead Loyola Marymount to an 88-79 victory over Cal State Fullerton In the opening round Wednesday of the CollegeInsider.com PostSeason Tournament.
D. J. Seeley scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and Sedric Martin came off the bench for a career-high and game-high 11 rebounds plus 8 points for the Titans, who end the season 21-10. The Lions (20-12) advance to the second round with a home game Sunday against an opponent to be determined.
Fullerton was shooting a season-low field goal percentage until the final minute and ended up at 35.5 percent including 9 of 27 3-pointers. LMU won the game at the foul line, making 32 of 40 attempts while Fullerton was 16-for-25.
LMU led the final 31 minutes but it was only a 5-point lead at 72-67 with 4:37 to play after two foul shots by Kwame Vaughn, who finished with 21 points and 7 rebounds. But Ireland hit a 3-pointer at 2:07 that made it a 9-point game.
"We had a couple of major turnovers at that point," said Fullerton Coach Bob Burton.
"Seeley ran out of gas in the second half because we were so thin in the backcourt," said Burton. "I'm proud of how hard we played and our effort especially after what we went through this weekend.
"I feel better tonight than I did after the Irvine loss last week. That game we didn't play hard."
Fullerton got in early foul trouble with three men with three fouls by the half. Omondi Amoke fouled out with about 4 minutes to go with 1 point and 7 rebounds in 22 total minutes.
The Titans got off to a much better start than their loss last week to UC Irvine in the Big West Tournament. They jumped out to a 10-4 lead thanks to 3 3-pointers in 3 tries by Seeley (2) and Orane Chin. But the Lions soon caught up and led the balance of the half after a 17-17 tie. They made 18 of 20 free throws while Fullerton was only 4 of 10 and saw Amoke, Perry Webster and John Underwood each pick up three fouls.