LOS ANGELES – Just like their first meeting, Loyola Marymount fell behind in the first half and used a late run to cut into San Diego’s lead. Despite cutting a 23-point deficit down to five in the second half, LMU (6-15, 1-9 WCC) lost to USD (15-7, 6-4 WCC), 89-82, on Saturday.
Steven Haney, Jr. opened the game with a top of the arc three, part of a 4-for-4 start to the game for the Lions. USD then rattled off a dozen straight points to build their first lead up to 17-9. The 29-5 extended run gave the Toreros a 34-14 lead.
Eli Scott went on a personal 4-0 run within the span of a minute late in the first half. After getting his defender in the air on an up-and-under move, he threw down the power jam from Haney’s lead pass. Scott finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.
The San Diego lead grew to as large as 23 in the first half, but a 7-0 run in the final 1:06 before break made it a 47-31 game at intermission.
The Lions used a 9-0 run early in the second half to make it a 55-44 game with just over 13 minutes remaining, forcing a San Diego timeout. Threes by Cameron Allen and Haney on back-to-back possessions started what turned into a 17-6 run, cutting the deficit to single digit, 61-52. Haney’s three threes on the day led to his 17 points, and the senior collected seven rebounds.
Despite LMU outscoring USD in the second half for the second time this season, the first half deficit was again too large to overcome. A 13-3 run into the final minute made it a 87-82 game before San Diego closed it out 89-82.
James Batemon hit 10 field goals to lead the Lions with 25 points, as well as tallying a team-high four assists.
LMU will be back at home Thursday night as BYU comes to The Bluff for an 8 p.m. matchup. This will be the annual Green Game with the first 300 fans receiving a special LMU reusable bag.
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