Ireland Pours In 25 To Lead Surging LMU Past Santa Clara
SANTA CLARA (AP) — Anthony Ireland scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half to help Loyola Marymount beat Santa Clara 74-62 on Monday night.
Drew Viney added 16 points for the Lions (12-8, 5-2 WCC), who have won four of their last five games. LaRon Armstead added 11 points.
Evan Roquemore scored 17 points and Yannick Aranga 12 for the Broncos (8-11, 0-6), who lost their seventh straight.
Niyi Harrison had 11 points and nine rebounds for Santa Clara, which played without leading scorer Kevin Foster, held out because of a violation of team rules. Harrison, Roquemore and John McArthur did not start due to a team rules breach.
The Lions held a 41-35 advantage at halftime.
Ireland hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half as the Lions pulled away.
Santa Clara got within 66-60 with 2:24 remaining when LMU guard Jarred DuBois, out with a concussion the previous three games, made a key steal. The Lions, the WCC’s leading free throw shooting team, made all eight of their foul shots down the stretch and were 18 of 24 overall.
LMU has won its first five road conference games for the first time since finishing 14-0 in the WCC in the 1987-88 season. It has yet to win a conference game at home.
Foster averages nearly 18 points a game for the Broncos and ranks fourth on their all-time scoring list. He needs 46 points to surpass Kurt Rambis (1,736) as the school’s career leader.
The Broncos stayed with LMU through the first half, with the disciplined starters entering the game within five minutes after tip-off.
Senior Phillip Bach, a former walk-on, received his first career start, as did freshmen Julian Clarke and Robert Garrett. Atanga made his third start.
The Broncos won their first six home games and have lost their last four.