On Saturday, the LMU men’s basketball team (18-10 overall, 6-8 WCC) took on the Pacific Tigers (13-16 overall, 3-11 WCC) which resulted in a 63-56 victory for the Lions. The game was highlighted by senior guard James Batemon reaching 1,000 career points during the game. Batemon finished the game with 19 points total, leading the team in scoring that night. Here are the three biggest takeaways following LMU’s win.
3. Lions' sharp three-point shooting key in the win
The Lions this season have shot at an average of 32 percent from three-point range. In Saturday’s win over Pacific, however, LMU shot 41.7 percent from three, going 5-12 in the game. Junior guard Erik Johannson and sophomore forward Zafir Williams led the way with two three-pointers each in the game off the bench.
2. LMU dominates Pacific in the paint
Over half of the Lions’ points scored in this game were points in the paint, scoring 32 points compared to Pacific’s 14 points. LMU was able to convert their shots at the rim and shot nearly 50 percent in the game, shooting 48.8 percent in the win. The Lions also shot particularly well in the second half, shooting 61.9 percent. The Lions were able to use the strong defense they have had all season long to hold Pacific to 36.5 percent shooting overall in the game.
1. Batemon’s strong play leads LMU
In a game that included his 1,000 point milestone, Batemon turned in a strong performance to lead the Lions to victory. His 19 points led the team, including scoring the first consecutive six points to open the game for the Lions. Batemon would finish the game going 5-10 from the field and 8-9 from the free-throw line. Despite committing six turnovers, Batemon was able to grab four rebounds, dish out three assists and grab two steals. Batemon’s career total currently sits at 1,002 points.
Following the win, the Lions will play their final home game of the season on Thursday night against Santa Clara at 8 p.m.
This is the opinion of Miles Thomas, a sophomore Communications Studies major from Hermosa Beach, California. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.