SU @ LMU
Seattle U (6-7) @ Loyola Marymount University
Lions (7-7, 0-0 WCC)
Gersten Pavilion (LA, CA)
Wednesday December 30, 2009 7:30 pm
RADIO: 710 ESPN Seattle
Series- SU- 22-7
Last Meeting- 2009- @ Seattle 49-39
Seattle prevailed in a defensive struggle 49-39 to ring in
the New Year at Key Arena. Chris Gweth paced SU with 12
points and 8 rebounds while Austen Powers added 9 points
and 11 boards. The woes continued for LMU as they
staggered through a 3-28 campaign.
Head Coach Max Good has led an amazing turn-around in his
first full season at LMU. He took the reins officially in
January of last year as the Lions slogged through a 3-28
season. Loyola Marymount has already doubled their win
total from a year ago while pocketing a couple of eye
opening triumphs. The Lions had not won a road game since
2007 before breaking though at USC 67-59. A couple of
weeks later LMU toppled Big East power Notre Dame 87-85 on
the road. They have ripped off 4 wins in a row including a
narrow 82-78 win at future SU opponent Sacramento State.
Five of their seven losses have been by 6 points or less
and they were tied or leading with three minutes to go or
less in each of those five. They are among the top-50
schools in the nation in scoring at 78.5 points per game.
Good has cranked up the pace of play to a familiar level
for Lion fans.
The Ones to Watch:
Drew Viney- 6’5 190 SO F- 17 ppg 7.5 rbd
The transfer from Oregon has ignited the LMU offense
contributing 17 points a night. The long-range bomber can
fill it up from three (41%) and use his athletic frame to
slash to the basketball. He has made an immediate impact
for the Lions and was the key to tremendous win at Notre
Dame- 24 points 11 rebounds.
Vernon Teel- 6’4 190 JR G- 14 ppg 5.5 rbds 6 assts
Teel is the floor leader for LMU and only upper-classman
in the starting lineup. He is 9th in the nation in assists
at 6 per contest. He has also been able to slice out a
fair amount of offense for himself at 14 points per game.
He is very efficient shooting 50% from the floor and from
Larry Davis- 6’4 185 RS-JR F- 12 ppg 3.5 rbds
Davis is in his first season on the floor for LMU after
transferring from Seton Hall. He averaged 6 ppg in the
rugged Big East two years ago and has done his part to
change LMU’s fortunes this year. Davis missed 5 games
earlier this season after Achilles surgery, but is back in
the mix. He has started and come off the bench and forms a
dangerous trio with Teel and preseason WCC performer
Keys to the Game:
1- Rebounding- Usually a category Seattle owns, but LMU is
+3.3 on the season.
2- Keep Chuck on the floor- Garcia has been mired in foul
trouble the last two games- 23 minutes vs Denver and 20 vs
3- Finish Strong- Something SU has struggled to do in
SU is back to action after a long holiday break. Tune in
15 minutes before tip on 710 ESPN Seattle and the live
blog will be cooking at seattleufan.com.