SEATTLE, Wash. -- Loyola Marymount and Washington went back-and-forth before the Huskies ultimately held on to take game by two, 80-78, after five ties and six lead changes.
"Our zone attack was so much better when we were moving the ball," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "Defensively, we got into foul trouble in the second half that we didn't have in the first half, when they started penetrating."
The Lions started the game in a 6-0 hole after missing their first four from the field. Eli Scott found a cutting Zafir Williams to spark a 4-0 response. Williams had five rebounds before the first media timeout.
With LMU down six, the Lions went on an 8-3 run highlighted by a tip slam from James Batemon. On the missed free throw, LMU kept the possession alive and found Mattias Markusson for a dunk of his own to make it a one-point game 21-20, with 7:43 to play in the opening half.
Washington went on a 7:19 field goal drought that allowed LMU to climb back and take their first lead of the night. Batemon knocked down his third three and 15th point to give the Lions their first lead of the game, 26-25, with 3:59 to play until the half.
After UW briefly took the lead on a pair of free throws, Cameron Allen cut to the basket for a go-ahead layup. Washington missed their final 11 field goals of the half, as LMU carried a 34-28 lead into the break.
The Huskies went on a 11-0 run early in the second half to retake the lead, 41-36.
Allen's three pointer at the 8:50 mark put the Lions within one, 56-55, before the Huskies rattled off five unanswered.
Steven Haney hit back-to-back threes, with the second one going for a four-point play, as LMU used a 9-0 run to retake the lead, 66-64. Haney finished 14 points, and 11 after intermission.
Eli Scott snapped a 2:58 scoring drought with a pair of free throws to tie the game back up, 72-all with 1:41 to play. Washington scored the next six points.
Batemon converted a three-point play to cut the deficit in half, 78-75, with 6.4 on the clock. The point guard set a new career-mark with 30 points and 10 made field goals.
"There's no doubt in my mind that he (Batemon) was the best player in the game," said Dunlap. "He played nearly every minute. That was a good individual performance on his part. He's a captain, so he does a good job as a quarterback."
Allen hit a three as time expired, but the Lions fell 80-78 to the Pac12 school.
Mikail Simmons set a new career-high with seven points.
Fouls and free throws were a key to the game as three Lions fouled. LMU responded to its 4-for-11 first half free throw shooting by going 11-for-14 from the charity stripe in the second half.
LMU has one remaining non-conference game on the schedule before opening West Coast Conference play on the road. The Lions host Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Dec. 22 for the annual community night game. All fans can enjoy LMU basketball for only $1 (not available for courtside seats), and the first 500 fans will receive a free LMU holiday ornament.
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