LOS ANGELES - Only three players in Loyola Marymount men's basketball history have made 200 or more threes in a Lions uniform. On Saturday, Steve Haney, Jr. knocked down six threes to not only pass Bo Kimble for third on the all-time record list, but to lead the Lions (7-17, 3-11 WCC) to a rivalry win over Pepperdine (4-22, 1-13 WCC), 85-79.
"We avenged a brutal loss at their place, family day was good for our fans and school, and there's nothing better for our staff and our players to get the win," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap.
After falling behind early in the contest, Steven Haney, Jr. knocked down a three that sparked a 7-0 LMU run to give the Lions the 12-8 lead before the first media timeout. It was his first of six from long range en route to his career-high 31 points.
"Steve has the green light of anyone on our team," said Dunlap. "I'm just really happy for him, plus 9-for-9 from the free throw line can't be overlooked."
The two Southern California teams went back-and-forth, with 10 lead changes through the first 10 minutes of game play.
Once LMU reclaimed the lead, Cameron Allen when on a personal 5-0 run to extend LMU's lead to 29-23 with 6:55 remaining until halftime. Allen added a late runner things became close to help keep LMU in control. The sophomore hit double-figure points for the first time since Dec. 17 at Washington with his 10 against the Waves.
Mattias Markusson finished with his fourth double-double of the season, after adding 10 boards to his 16 points.
"Cameron was a difference maker for us," said Dunlap. "And Mattias continues to take these steps. The stability of having a five with that size and skill will only continue to help us. It was very encouraging."
The Lions never surrendered the lead after the 10 minute mark of the first half, despite Pepperdine cutting it to as close as 1-point in the second half.
As a team, LMU hit 10 threes, the second highest mark for the team this season. Pepperdine was efficient from behind the arc as well, hitting 9-for-17 (52.9 percent). Erik Johansson and Zafir Williams both perfect from three, going 1-for-1, and Allen finished with a pair from deep.
James Batemon become the first player with a points/assists double-double this season, after scoring 13 and dishing out 10 dimes.
LMU also controlled the ball well, only allowing two steals from the Waves, and limited the Pepperdine bench production, with a season-best tying four points coming from non-starters.
The Lions now hit the road for their long stretch of the season. Loyola Marymount has three straight conference games away from the Bluff, beginning with Gonzaga on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday. Both games will air on Spectrum Sportsnet in Los Angeles.
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