NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Loyola Marymount never trailed and used a pair of twenty-point scoring performances for this first time this season to earn the road win and defeat Cal State Northridge, 74-57, on Saturday night.
“We took care of the ball, had a good pattern of play both defensively and offensively, made it harder for their better players to score, and did well on the boards,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “It was the basics. Just a nice ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of victory.”
LMU went on a 7-0 run to push their first half lead to the largest of the game, 33-21, with 2:20 to play before the half. The run turned into a 12-2 run over the last 4:25 of the first half to hold their opponent to a season-low in points, 23, and carry the 15-point advantage into the locker room.
After the Matadors opened with the first seven points of the second half, James Batemon drove to the rack for the open dunk.
The Lions rolled to a 17-7 run to push the lead up to 62-45 with 7:28 to play, and never looked back.
Batemon finished with a career-high four threes to give him 25 points on the night.
Eli Scott became the 50th Lion with three or more career double-doubles. He had a 20 and 10 performance in his ninth career game.
“We had some key performances,” said Dunlap. “Eli had his double-double, and James Batemon controlled the game. He was the factor in my opinion.”
LMU jumped out to a 9-2 lead to open the game, sparked by a drawn charge on the defensive end and an offensive putback offensively by Jeffery McClendon. All four field goals were scored by four different Lions.
Eli Scott became the fifth Lion on the board after snapping five unanswered from CSUN with his layup. He then responded to CSUN’s corner three with a three-point play of his own on the offensive end, making it a 14-10 game with 10:32 remaining in the first half.
After CSUN tied it up for the first time, Mattias Markusson tipped in an offensive rebound to give the two-point advantage back to LMU, 16-14.
As a team, LMU shot 53.7-percent of their shots, hitting above 50-percent for the second time this season.
LMU has the week off for finals before hitting the road for their second Pac12 Network appearance of the season. The Lions play at Washington on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.
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