LOS ANGELES – For the second time in as many games, Loyola Marymount outscored their opponent in the second half. Unfortunately for the Lions (6-13, 1-7 WCC), the result was the same as Thursday, as Portland’s (8-13, 2-6 WCC) halftime lead was too large to overcome.
The Lions came out in the second half with three points on each of their opening two possessions. After a defensive stop on one end, Mattias Markusson converted an and-1 at the rim. The next time down the court, Jeffery McClendon knocked down a triple. LMU opened on an 13-5 run to open the second half after trailing by a dozen, 39-27, at the break.
Donald Gipson brought Hank’s House to life with his transition dunk that made it a 46-44 game.
Portland built up their largest lead of the game, going up 63-50, before Steven Haney, Jr. hit his first three of the game.
LMU didn’t quit, going on a 12-3 run into the final minute, cutting the deficit to 66-62, before Portland closed it out.
The only Lion lead came on Gipson’s opening basket. Portland jumped out of the gate to an 11-4 start, causing LMU to take a timeout. The Lions responded with six of the next eight to make it a 13-10 game.
Markusson recorded his second double-double of the season, grabbing 11 boards to go along with his 13 points.
Eli Scott continued to be a headache for opposing teams on the glass. Of the freshman’s seven rebounds, five came on the offensive glass.
The Lions shift their focus to Thursday’s PCH Cup. LMU will travel up the coast to Malibu to play the 3-17 Pepperdine Waves who are the lone 0-8 team in West Coast Conference play.
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