Second-Half Comeback Falls Short Against Beavers

Dec. 2, 2017

Final Stats

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Loyola Marymount battled with Oregon State, outscoring the Pac-12 opponent by nine in the second half, but could not overcome the double-digit halftime deficit. The Lions (4-3) fall to the Beavers (4-3) Saturday on the road, 78-74, with LMU making it a three-point game in the final 11 seconds.

“Turnovers that were untimely was the difference,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “When we crawled back into the game, I thought that we were young in terms of our decision making." 

The Beavers built the lead up to 15 in the second half before Mattias Markusson finished a tip-in second-chance and-one with 15:57 on the clock to start what would be the LMU comeback bid. Markusson finished with his first-career double double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.

With 14:15 to play, Steven Haney, Jeffery McClendon, and James Batemon hit back-to-back-to-backs threes to go on a quick 9-0 run and cut the deficit to 49-44.

The Lions later went on a 7-0 run to make it a one-possession game, 54-51, on William’s layup. After OSU built their lead back up, a 9-3 run capped by a Haney three brought the score within two again, 63-61, with 6:56 to play.



McClendon hit his career-best third three of the game with 2:40 to play to bring it to a 71-68 score. McClendon finished perfect from behind the arc as LMU turned the table on their long distance shooting from the first half. The Lions shot 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from three before halftime, but responded with a 9-for-17 (52.9 percent) second half.

The score was tied on five different occasions in the first half. Back-to-back baskets by Zafir Williams tied the game at 16-all at 11:12 in the first half. Williams led the Lions with 14 points and finished as one of four in double-digits for LMU.

A 14-0 run from that point gave OSU their largest lead of the game before Batemon got to the basket for a contested layup more than six minutes later. In total, the 18-2 run over a 7:30 span put LMU in their first half hole. Batemon finished with 12 points and Scott added 10 of his own. 

“Through all the games, mathematically, they do a great job rebounding,” said Dunlap about Oregon State. “Tonight we outrebounded them. That’s a good signal for us.” 

The Lions return home to face another Oregon school next week as Portland State comes to campus on Wednesday at 7 pm. Join us for the first annual Teddy Bear Toss game when the Lions host Portland State. Bring a stuffed animal to toss on the court at halftime and receive a discounted ticket! All donated items benefit children in need. The first 500 fans in attendance receive a free ugly holiday sweater t-shirt.

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