BOISE, Idaho -- The Lions used another run to end the first half and came out firing after intermission to briefly take the lead, but a 1-for-18 field goal stretch kept Loyola Marymount from completing their comeback for the third straight game. The Lions (3-2) close out the road trip with a 68-48 loss to Boise State (5-1) on Saturday.
LMU scored their first eight points of the game in the paint before Joe Quintana buried a corner three with the shot clock expiring to cut LMU's deficit to 16-11 and snap a 9-2 run with 10:22 to play in the half.
With the first half winding down, Steven Haney answered a 6-0 Broncos run with back-to-back triples of his own. Gipson then came up with a steal and score and Haney added his third three of the run to make it 11 unanswered points over a 2:28 stretch and tie the game at 26-all. Boise State responded with a three in the final minute to bring the halftime score to 29-26.
The Lions came out of the locker room with the opening six points to take the lead for the first time since it was 2-0.
After Boise State responded with the next five points, LMU went on an 8-0 run highlighted by an Eli Scott and-1 and another Haney three.
"We were at the 14-minute mark we were up 40-34 and ran into a dry spell," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "Open shot after open shot and we couldn't put them down. There it is, missed shots."
The game of runs continued as the Broncos scored 14 unanswered to retake the lead. The seven-plus minute scoring drought ended as Zafir Williams finished a layup in the paint, but the 33-4 run spanning over 11 and a half minutes was too much to overcome for the Lions.
"As far as saying this, that, or the other things, we know who the culprits are and what we need to work on," said Dunlap. "We don't want to suffer from this loss, we just missed a lot of wide-open shots."
Haney hit a season-high four threes to move into seventh on LMU's all-time career makes list with 146 over his 65 games. The senior finished with a team-high 14 points as the only Lions to pass the double-figure mark.
The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion as the second game of a double-header with the women's team on Tuesday. The unbeaten women's basketball team will play at 5 p.m. against Cal State Dominguez Hills and the men will follow at 7:30 p.m. against the Golden Eagles of Cal State LA.
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