MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine took their only lead of the second half with a late three and 1.2 seconds remaining to defeat Loyola Marymount, 71-70. The Lions (6-14, 1-8 WCC) had four players in double-figures, but could not hold off the late Waves (4-17, 1-8 WCC) 7-2 run to end the game.
Pepperdine had a chance to tie with 7.4 seconds on the clock and two free throws, but only knocked down one to make it a 68-67 ballgame. After James Batemon scored his 10th and 11th points on a pair of free throws to make it 70-67, the Waves made one free throw on the other end then grabbed the loose ball and knocked down the game-winning three to secure victory.
Pepperdine had kept it close throughout the second half, and eventually tied the score at 64-64 before Mattias Markusson added to his second-straight double-double with a second-chance basket at the rim. The sophomore finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, along with three blocks, for his third double-double of the year.
To open the game, Erik Johansson sparked an 10-0 run to respond to Pepperdine’s first basket. The sophomore hit two early threes during the run, and finished with a season-high nine points.
The Waves went nearly seven full minutes between their first and second basket, but free throws allowed them to start an 9-0 run and make it a tie game at 12-12 at the 10:49 mark of the first half. LMU responded by pushing their lead back to seven, 21-14.
James Batemon scored the final five points of the opening half on back-to-back field goals, as the Lions built up their first double-figure lead of the game, 32-22, going into the break.
An 8-0 Pepperdine run to open the second half made it a one-possession game before Eli Scott made a post move to get LMU on the board after intermission. Scott had himself another 12-point and seven rebound performance.
Steven Haney, Jr. led all scorers with a game-high 17 points in his 30 minutes of action.
The Lions return to campus for Saturday’s game against San Diego. Men’s basketball alumni of the past will be recognized at halftime as they return to campus for the WCC Game of the Week. The 1 p.m. matchup with the Toreros will also feature this year’s Iggy the Lion Bobbleheads presented by the Loyolan and a postgame autograph session with the team.
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