Jan. 16, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 16) - The Loyola Marymount University men's basketball team continued to struggle in shooting from the field on the road as they shot just 34 percent in the first half to dig themselves into a whole they could not get out of, falling to Portland 74-57 in West Coast Conference play Sunday night.
The Lions (9-8, 1-3) shot 11-for-32 in the first half while Portland (13-6, 2-2) started the game 8-for-10 while posting a lead as large as 13. They finished the half shooting 53.6 percent and 56.0 for the game. LMU finished the game hitting just 36.4 percent and in the two road games in the Pacific Northwest, the Lions finished shooting a combined 33.3 percent (23-for-69) in the first half.
"We did not executed our offense well and we have to start hitting our shots," said Head Coach Steve Aggers. "We did not come out with the same kind of intensity we are use to playing with."
Leading the Lions was sophomore Matthew Knight with 17 points. Junior John Haywood added 10 while sophomore Daryl Pegram had nine points and eight rebounds. The Lions finished the game out rebounding Portland 37-29. Pooh Jeter led Portland with 15 points, followed by Donald Wilson with 14 and Marcus Lewis with 13.
LMU entered the locker room down 10 after Pegram hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 36-26.
Portland would get the lead back to 13, 43-30, early in the second half. However, the Lions went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 43-39 on another lay-up by Knight with 14:43 remaining. The Pilots would get the lead back to 10 before LMU would cut it to 51-45 on a three-pointer by junior Wes Wardrop with 8:16 remaining.
The Pilots would get the lead back to double digits, 58-47 on a three-point play by Lewis with 5:52 remaining. LMU would get cold from the field again and Portland would pull away down the stretch with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.
The Lions return home for a pair of WCC games at Gersten Pavilion, starting with Santa Clara on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
- GO LIONS -