Saturday Rematch Set Against Sun Belt Champs

Nov. 9, 2017

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LOS ANGELES – The first test was passed. Loyola Marymount took care of Vanguard in a home exhibition game last Friday by 31 points. Saturday’s contest will be different. It is not only on away from Los Angeles, but it is a road match in a 7,000 person arena on an ESPN3-streamed homecoming game. It is against a defending conference champion, with the Sun Belt preseason conference player of the year. Saturday’s game against UT-Arlington will be a challenge, but one that Head Coach Mike Dunlap’s Lions have been preparing all off-season for.

The Last Meeting
UT Arlington80
Loyola Marymount77
December 22, 2016
Gersten Pavilion
Another Thriller, Comeback Falls Short
The cardiac Lions nearly did it again. LMU men's basketball, trailing the entire second half to UT Arlington and down nine with just over six minutes to play, had a chance at the tie and take the lead in the final minutes. However, the comeback would fall short as the Mavericks earned their ninth straight win, 80-77, at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday night.

Date | Time: Saturday, Nov. 11 | 7 pm (CST) / 5 pm (PST)
Where: Gersten Pavilion | Los Angeles, CA
Live Broadcast: ESPN3
RADIO: KXLU 88.9 FM | Listen Online
GameDay Info: TICKETS

“It’s our first game of the game of the season, and yet the true opponent is us,” said Dunlap. “We have to keep our mind right, but there are certain elements that we learned from playing Texas Arlington last year. They are a top-20 team, and we know that.”

The Mavs finished their season as National Invitation Tournament quarterfinalists in 2017, after taking the Sun Belt regular season and winning a program-record 27 games a year ago.

Each team won their exhibition matches to open the season, each with a forward recording a double-double. UTA’s Kevin Hervey, the reigning Sun Belt Player of the Year, posted a 27 and 13 game in the 15-point win over Oklahoma. On the LMU side, freshman Eli Scott added 17 points and 12 rebounds in his first collegiate action.

The game will be part of a double header at Texas Arlington’s College Park Center with the women preceding the men’s 5 p.m. (7 p.m. central) tip. The game will be streamed on ESPN3 with Roger Emrich and Robert Gill on the call. As always, Jesse Kass will be live on the radio at KXLU 88.9.

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