LOS ANGELES -- Loyola Marymount climbed wihin two points on six separate occations Wednesday night against Portland State, but could never find a way to fully erase the 13-point first half deficit. The Vikings (7-2) stole the ball 20 times and forced 33 turnovers on their way to defeating LMU (4-4), 94-85.
"Collectively it was just the turnovers," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "We have shown time and again -- Oregon State, Arlington -- that we have great fight in us. Just how to close a game out and deliver on some shots is what's needed now."
PSU lead forced an LMU timeout at the 16:33 mark with their early nine-point lead to put the Lions in a 13-4 hole out of the gates.
With the Lions starting just 2-for-10 from the field, PSU put LMU in the bonus at the 12:40 mark of the first half leading to eight unanswered and making it a two-point game, 18-16.
Cameron Allen hit a three as time expired to end the first half, making it a 43-37 game at the break.
LMU went on an 9-2 run over 2:25 early in the second half, to cut it to a 50-49 game. The two teams traded the next 18 points, with Erik Johannson knocking down a three to make it another one-point game, 59-58, at the 12:04 mark.
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James Batemon completed the three-point play to make it 72-70, with 6:26 to play, before the Vikings went on a 12-0 run. Steven Haney snapped the streak with a break away fast break layup with 4:08 remaining, but from that point on the game was never closer than nine.
Batemon led all scorers and tied his career high with 26 points, with seven assists and five turnovers. Haney added 15, including three more from long range to bring his LMU total to 154, sixth-most in program history.
The Lions are not back home until Dec. 22, when they take on Cal State Fullerton on Community Night. LMU travels to Cal State Northridge this Saturday then up to Washington the following weekend for a battle on Pac-12 Network with the Huskies.
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