Stage Set For Top-Seeded Gonzaga in Saturday's WCC Quarters

March 3, 2018

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Loyola Marymount (11-19, 5-13 WCC) has matched their season-long win streak with three straight and now are rewarded with a nationally-televised matchup against the No. 7 team in the country, Gonzaga (27-4, 27-1 WCC). The 8 vs. 1 game will tip at 7 p.m. from the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and will air on ESPN2, as well as digitally on WatchESPN.

Date | Time: Saturday, Mar. 3 | 7 pm (PST)
Where: Orleans Arena | Las Vegas, NV
Live Broadcast: ESPN2 | WatchESPN
RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM | Listen Online
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
GameDay Info: WCC Tournament Central | Men's Bracket

LMU earned the win Friday in the tournament’s first round after erasing a halftime deficit for the third straight game. Down 15 in the first half, LMU held Portland to just 30 points in the second half, the low of any Division I opponent faced this year.

“Now that the butterflies are over, we can focus on those things that are basketball-related,” said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “It’s a heck of an opportunity. You want to be in these situations. (We need to) take care of the ball, rebound, shoot well and find a way to take good shots.’’ 

The Lions did take care of the ball against the Pilots, making it two-consecutive games with a season-low six turnovers in the 78-72 win, and did not allow a single fast break point.

James Batemon led all scorers in Friday’s two first round games with his 29 points. The attack was ballanced, as LMU totalled five players in double-figures (Batemon, Cameron Allen, Mattias Markusson, Eli Scott, and Zafir Williams) for the first time since Feb. 27, 2016.

No. 7 Gonzaga enters as LMU’s highest-ranked opponent this season. The Lions will look to take down a ranked opponent for the first time since 2012.

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