LOS ANGELES – Following seven first half lead changes, Cal State Fullerton’s late first half run was too big to overcome. Loyola Marymount (5-6) fell to the Titans (7-4) Friday night, 88-80, to close out non-conference play.
After seven lead changes, Cal State Fullerton went on a quick 8-0 streak, that grew into a 16-2 run to bring the Titan lead to 11 points, 41-30. James Batemon snapped the run with an and-1 in the final minute before the half.
The Lions hit three of their first four threes sparked by Steven Haney, Jr.’s knock-down as the shot clock was winding down on LMU’s opening possession.
LMU cut it to five in the second half, 61-56, on a Jeffery McClendon three before Fullerton answered with an 11-2 run of their own.
The Lions continued to fight, going on a 7-0 run capped by Haney’s corner three to make it a 76-70 game with 1:38 on the clock, before the Titans hit free throws down the stretch to close it out. Haney finished in double-figures with 10.
Both James Batemon and Eli Scott erupted in the second half. Batemon scored 20 of his 29 points after the break. Scott, after starting the game 1-for-6, went for 10 of his 13 points in the second half.
Mattias Markusson and Scott Each collected eight rebounds in the loss, with LMU corralling 34 total and 19 on the offensive glass.
This marks the end of non-conference games as WCC play begins on Dec. 28 and 30 as LMU travels north to play Saint Mary’s and Pacific, respectively.
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