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Loyola 30, Pepperdine 18
1940-41 Season - Date Unknown
LMU and Pepperdine have faced each other 131 times in their basketball histories, the most matchups of any opponent for the Lions. Loyola's 30-18 victory in the 1940-41 season is the first recorded game between the two universities who sit no more than 15 miles apart from another down Highway One on the Pacific Coast. Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert, both of whom won national championships as coaches, played for the Lions.

Loyola 57, CCNY 56
1948-49 Season - Date Unknown
CCNY was the NCAA and NIT champions the previous season. Later that season, CCNY was victim to a point shaving scandal. Led by legendary coach, Nat Holman, CCNY defeated the best team of the Pacific Coast Conference, Stanford 67-57 prior to their meeting with the Lions. Loyola staged one of the biggest upsets of that era, defeating CCNY by a point. Many questioned how legit the win was for the Lions.

Loyola 73, San Francisco 57
1953-54 Season - Date Unknown
Led by Bill Russell, the Dons were about to embark on one of the NCAA's most memorable basketball runs the following season. Between the 1954-55 and 1955-56 seasons, USF would win two consecutive titles, win 59 straight, including a 29-0 campaign in 1955-56, and win 61 of 62 games over two-plus seasons. Loyola's 73-57 win would be rare over the next four years, as USF would win 10 straight. During the stretch, Russell would grab a USF record 35 rebounds on March 4, 1955.
1956-57 Season - Date Unknown
In the longest game in Loyola basketball history, Fresno State outlasted the Lions 92-90 in five overtimes, two short of the NCAA record of seven set 25 years later. The Lions were led by Garnette Brown, a first-team All-West Coast Athletic Conference selection. Brown averaged 20 points a game in the 1956-57 season.

Loyola 69, USC 67
March 18, 1961 - NCAA West Regional
Portland, OR

The Lions defeated the Pac-10 Champions, 69-67 in the consolation game of the NCAA Championships. After losing to Utah in the first game of the Regional, the Lions upset USC in their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Trojans were ranked No. 8 in the nation entering the NCAA tournament, marking it the highest ranked the Lions defeated in program history. The record would last nearly 50 years.

Loyola Marymount 100, Bemidji State 74
Dec. 4, 1985 - Gersten Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA

On Nov. 23, 1985, the Paul Westhead era at LMU officially began with a 92-72 win over Azusa Pacific. It took about two weeks for the run-and-gun system to take effect, as the Lions earned their first 100-point contest with Westhead at the helm. Forrest McKenzie scored 29 to lead the Lions and center Darryl Carter earned a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Loyola Marymount 80, California 75
March 13, 1986 - NIT First Round
Berkeley, CA

The Lions made their first NCAA postseason appearance since 1980 in the NIT to face the Cal Bears, who were led by future NBA all-star Kevin Johnson. In front of 6,600 in Berkeley, the Lions under first year head coach Paul Westhead capped a record turnaround with an 80-75 win in the NIT. After going 11-16 and 3-9 in the WCC in 1984-85, the Lions made a drastic change, finishing the season 19-11, 10-4 in the WCC. After the California win in the NIT, the Lions lost to Wyoming four days later, 99-90.

Loyola Marymount 114, Tennessee Tech 78
Nov. 18, 1987 - Saint John's Tournament
New York City, NY

The Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble era officially began in the bright lights of New York City. In a season that would see the Lions finish conference play 14-0, win their first conference title in over 25 years and earn a bid to the NCAA tournament, the Lions started their 28-4 campaign with a 114-78 win over Tennessee Tech. However, it was senior Corey Gaines who stole the spotlight, scoring 25 points.

Loyola Marymount 104, Santa Clara 96
March 7, 1988 - WCC Championship Game
Santa Clara, CA

LMU set a tourney scoring record and won the title on Santa Clara's home court, winning the school's first WCC title since the 1960-61 season. Hank Gathers, who was voted the Tournament's MVP, had 24 points in the win.

Loyola Marymount 119, Wyoming 115
March 17, 1988 - NCAA First Round
Salt Lake City, UT

The Lions' first appearance in the NCAA tournament (since the championship was moved from the NIT to the NCAA) was a memorable one. Using 29 points by Bo Kimble and 12 rebounds by Hank Gathers, the Lions won their first ever NCAA tournament game with a 119-115 win over the Cowboys in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Lions would face the University of North Carolina two days later in the second round, losing 123-97. The Tar Heels would advance to the Elite Eight.

Loyola Marymount 181, US International 150
Jan. 31, 1989 - Gersten Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA

LMU and USIU began a string of track-meet basketball in the late `80s and early `90s, setting their first of many records in LMU's 181-150 win. The win set the national record for combined points with 331. Hank Gathers put up monster numbers, scoring 41 and gathering 29 rebounds. The 130 field goals by both teams is still an NCAA record. Three weeks prior at USIU, the Lions defeated US International 162-144 on Jan. 7, setting the record for combined field-goal attempts at 245.

Loyola Marymount 75, Santa Clara 70 (OT)
March 6, 1989 - WCAC Championship
San Francisco, CA

In the final years of the 1980s, Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount began to take over the West Coast Conference, claiming the conference title from 1988-1990. It was a battle to the end, as LMU claimed their second straight WCAC Tournament title with a 75-70 win in overtime. Hank Gathers claimed his second straight MVP honor with a 30-point, 16-rebound performance in the final.

Loyola Marymount 117, Oregon State 113
Dec. 19, 1989 - at Oregon State

In the 1989-90 season, the Lions played some of the best teams of the decade, including UNLV, Oklahoma, and Oregon State. The Beavers were led by a future NBA all-star by the name of Gary Payton. In a game that was a typical track meet of that day, Bo Kimble and Gary Payton put on a shooting clinic. Kimble went on to finish the game with 53 points, a school record that Kimble would break himself three weeks later with 54 points against St. Joseph's. Payton finished the game with 48.

Loyola Marymount 99, St. Joseph's 96
Jan. 4, 1990 - Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse
Philadelphia, PA

In the middle of the Lions' historic run in the 1989-90 season, Bo Kimble broke out for a 54-point performance, setting the school record for points in a game, including the game-winning basket from halfcourt at the buzzer. He set the record twice before with 51 points against UC Santa Barbara two weeks prior on Dec. 9 and then again 10 days later with 53 against Oregon State. On Feb. 4, he would hit the half-century mark again with 50 against San Francisco. He would finish with 1,131 points that season, leading the nation. The win against St. Joseph's propelled the Lions to an eight-game win streak.

Louisiana State 148, Loyola Marymount 141 (OT)
Feb. 3, 1990 - Maravich Assembly Center
Baton Rouge, LA

Scheduled in the middle of West Coast Conference play, the Lions traveled to LSU to face a Tiger team that featured Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Jackson. Down 72-58 at halftime, the Lions stormed back to tie the game at 134 at the end of regulation. Hank Gathers would finish the game with 48 points and 13 rebounds. The freshman O'Neal would finish with 20 points, 24 rebounds and 12 blocks for the triple-double. The game, televised nationally on CBS would begin the national buzz for the Lions' fast-paced rise to the elite teams in the 1989-90 season.

Loyola Marymount 111, New Mexico State 92
March 16, 1990 - NCAA Tournament
First Round - Long Beach, CA

In the memory of their fallen teammate Hank Gathers, the Lions entered the NCAA tournament with emotional baggage most teams don't even think about carrying into the biggest games, not to mention the "Big Dance." However, the nation's leading scorer, Bo Kimble, took over after a jittery half that showed the emotional exhaustion suffered by the Lions in a 46-46 deadlock at halftime. Kimble finished the game with 45 points and 18 rebounds to upset New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Loyola Marymount 149, Michigan 115
March 18, 1990 - NCAA Tournament
Second Round - Long Beach, CA

No one thought LMU had a prayer against the defending national champions in the University of Michigan. However, the Lions, according to many newspaper and magazine headlines, "Gather-ed" themselves to shock the world in a 149-115 victory putting the Lions into the Sweet 16. "Loyola Marymount played as if possessed, stunning Michigan with a record scoring barrage in the NCAA tournament's wild and wooly opening week," claimed Sports Illustrated. As was a trademark under coach Paul Westhead, the Lions' 149 points set an NCAA Championship record for points in a game. The combined 264 points is also a national record. In the game, Jeff Fryer set national records with 11 three-point field goals in 22 attempts to finish the game with 41 points. Bo Kimble continued his hot hand, scoring 37.

Loyola Marymount 62, Alabama 60
March 23, 1990 - NCAA West Regional
Oakland, CA

It was a completely different pace of game than the Lions were used to in the 1989-1990 season. It was only the fourth game all season the Lions were held under 100 points, as the Crimson Tide used a ball control-defense oriented plan of attack to slow LMU down. LMU showed it could play a defensive game, taking a 62-60 win to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. The 122 combined points was less than what the Lions had scored themselves in 16 regular-season games.

UNLV 131, Loyola Marymount 101
March 25, 1990 - NCAA West Regional Final
Oakland, CA

For the first time in the NCAA tournament, the Lions would face a team that ran the court as much as they did in the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. The eventual national champions with Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Lamar Hunt and Gary Anthony would outrun the Lions, 131-101. Kimble once again did everything he could, scoring 42 points.

Loyola Marymount 186, US International 140
Jan. 5, 1991 - Gersten Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA

Yes, the score is correct. And the dust from that game has yet to settle and might never. The 186 points by the Lions is an NCAA record, as is the 72 points scored against a Division I opponent by USI's Keith Bradshaw. All but one player on the Lions' 10-man roster scored in double figures, Bradshaw was 23 of 59 from the field and the next leading scorer for USIU had 20 points.

Loyola Marymount 80, Gonzaga 74
Feb. 8, 2003 - Gersten Pavilion

The Lions defeated Gonzaga, who were receiving votes in the Associated Press poll, at Gersten Pavilion 80-74. The win ended the Zags nine-game win streak on the season, their 22-game win streak against WCC opponents and a 16-game stint against LMU. The Lions finished the game with a 29-24 edge in rebounding, the first time in 13 games Gonzaga had been outrebounded by a conference opponent. Freshman Wes Wardrop had four steals against WCC Player of the Year Blake Stepp, forcing him into eight turnovers on the night.

Loyola Marymount 66, Saint Mary's 63
Mar. 5, 2006 - WCC Semifinal
Spokane, WA

It was 17 years to the day since the men's basketball team last made noise in the West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. There must be something about the day as they repeated history under first year Head Coach Rodney Tention.For the first time since March 5, 1989, the Lions advanced to the championship game of the WCC tournament thanks to 66-63 win over Saint Mary's College, advancing to the tournament title game for the first time in 17 years. The Lions big three of first-team All-WCC performers Brandon Worthy (19), Wes Wardrop (13) and Matthew Knight (16) combined to score 48 of the Lions 66 to avenge the 82-70 setback the Lions suffered to the Gaels to end the regular season. Knight added 15 rebounds, tied for the third highest rebound total in a WCC tournament game with Sherman Gay (2003), as the Lions dominated the Gaels on the glass 45-29. In addition, with a free throw with 12 seconds remaining, Worthy reached 1,000 points in his career at LMU.

Loyola Marymount 71, New Mexico State 69
Nov. 17, 2006 - Gersten Pavilion

Loyola Marymount senior Brandon Worthy hit an off-balanced three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining (pictured above) to lift the Lions to a 71-69 come-from-behind win over New Mexico State in front of 3,570 at Gersten Pavilion during homecoming. Worthy led the Lions with 28 points as the Lions erased a 17-point second half deficit for the win. The shot would go on to be the top play on ESPN.The performance by Worthy could be summed up like this - after putting up a career-high 28 points with eighth rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes while both calves were cramping - a young boy clad in New Mexico State gear asked the fifth-year senior for an autograph telling him he had a new fan. New Mexico State had one more shot at the win but Worthy blocked Justin Hawkins three-pointer at the buzzer. A fitting close to the game Worthy played.

Loyola Marymount 87, Notre Dame 85
Dec. 12, 2009 - Purcell Pavilion
Notre Dame, IN

Sophomore Jarred DuBois took a perfect pass from junior Larry Davis with eight seconds remaining to lift LMU (4-7) to an 87-85 win over Notre Dame (9-2) at Purcell Pavilion Saturday night in Notre Dame, Ind. The Lions picked up road wins in both the Pacific-10 (USC on Nov. 21) and the Big East, and earn their first win over a current member from the Big East since 1988. Down by one, 85-84, the Lions' defense forced a five-second call with 19 seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Lions rotated the ball and Davis drove the lane, dishing off to DuBois on the left wing. With a defender charging, DuBois buried his fourth three-pointer of the game for the win. "This is the biggest win of our careers at LMU," said DuBois, who finished with 12 points. Notre Dame entered the contest with just one loss on the year and had not lost a non-conference game at home in five seasons. Notre Dame went on to advance to the NCAA tournament that season.

Loyola Marymount 74, No. 9 Gonzaga 66
Feb. 18, 2010 - Gersten Pavilion

Considered on of the biggest wins in program history and the biggest at Gersten Pavilion, the Lions earned a 74-66 win over West Coast Conference leader and top-10 Gonzaga in front of 3,770 at Gersten Pavilion on Feb. 18. Gonzaga entered the game ranked 13th by the Associated Press and 9th by the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. It was the first win over a ranked opponent since March 23, 1990 when the Lions beat No. 23 Alabama 62-60 in the NCAA West Regional on March 23, 1990. It snaps a 35-game skid against ranked teams for the Lions. It also ranked the first ever win over a ranked opponent at Gersten Pavilion and the highest ranked team to fall to the Lions since 1961. In the first meeting against Gonzaga on Jan. 23, the Lions played without Ashley Hamilton, Jarred DuBois and Larry Davis. In the win, all three were among five players in double figures, as the trio combined for 39 points. Hamilton led all scorers with 17 points, adding six rebounds and three blocks. Drew Viney added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Davis added 12, Kevin Young 11 and DuBois 10.Defense was the key as the Lions erased a 10-point first-half deficit by holding the Zags to just 34.4 percent shooting in the game and just 25.9 percent in the second half. The Lions shot 46.6 percent for the game, hitting 6-for-12 from the three-point line. It was the Bulldogs lowest shooting percentage since Duke on Dec. 19 when they shot 27.8 percent.

 

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