Loyola Marymount completed the 1998-99 season at 11-16 overall and 6-8 in the
West Coast Conference. Both marks were the best finishes for LMU in three
seasons. Finishing fifth in the WCC standings, the Lions crept out of the
cellar in the conference standings where they had finished for two straight
years and four of the last seven dating back to 1992-93. LMU exited from the
WCC Tournament in the first round after suffering a 77-64 loss to host Santa
LMU and Santa Clara met for the fifth time in the history of the West Coast
Conference Tournament. The Broncos broke their jinx against the Lions,
however, picking up their first win against LMU, 77-64. The last time the two
teams met in the tournament, LMU handed Santa Clara a 70-61 loss in the first
round of the event, which was hosted by Loyola Marymount in 1996-97. In last
year's game, Santa Clara entered as the No.4 seed while LMU entered at No.5,
its highest seeding in two years.
The Lions again were a much better team at home than on the road. LMU finished
at 9-5 at home and just 2-10 on the road. Road wins came against UC Santa
Barbara and San Diego. Losing its first two games at home, the Lions won four
of their next six. After one of the toughest road swings in the country that
saw LMU lose at Utah, Xavier and UCLA, LMU answered with six wins in its next
nine games, which put the team in contention for second place in the conference
behind Gonzaga. However, the Lions lost four of their final five regular
season conference games and placed fifth in the WCC race.
Point Guard Haywood Eaddy was named to the All-West Coast Conference team,
LMU's first selection to that group since Jim Williamson in 1996-97. Eaddy
completed the season rated fifth in scoring averaging 14.8 points per game. He
led the conference in assists averaging 5.6 per game and in free-throw
percentage at 89.8 per game. Ranked second nationally in free-throw shooting,
Eaddy moved up to second among all-time LMU free-throw shooters both in a
single season and for a career (86.3 percent). Scoring 20 or more points in
seven of his last 13 games, Eaddy completely commanded the team's top scoring
duties through the season. He scored 20 or more points during a six-game
stretch, a mark that matched former guard Terrell Lowery who achieved similar
marks during the 1991-92 season.
Center Silvester Kainga posted eight blocked shots in the team's final two
regular season games and claimed the WCC blocked shots title averaging 2.1 per
game. Averaging 1.9 in WCC games, Kainga became the first LMU player to claim
the conference crown since Richard Petruska tied for the title in 1991. With
55 total blocked shots in 1998-99, Kainga tied the single-season school record
previously held by Richard Petruska in 1991. With 74 career blocked shots,
Kainga now ranks third on the all-time career top-10 charts, surpassing Wyking
Jones' total of 72 he set from 1992-95.
LMU finished the 1998-99 regular season averaging 4.0 blocked shots per game
and claimed its seventh title in the category since 1980. In fact, Loyola
Marymount won its second-straight title and came within 0.9 per game of
breaking the all-time school record for season average.
With 106 career three-pointers, guard Willie Allen completed his career tied
for seventh all-time in three-pointers made. Ranking seventh all-time along
with Jim Williamson (1994-97) and Craig Holt (1991-92), Allen moved ahead of
Per Stumer who recorded 81 during LMU's great run into the NCAA's in 1989 and
1990. He also bumped out Cobi McElroy who totaled 76 three's from 1992-95.
Allen rated among the WCC's top shooters in the league averaging 2.6 three
pointers per game.
Forward Elton Mashack finished the season as the team's top rebounder (third in
the WCC) averaging 6.9 per game. Also ranked third on the squad averaging 12.1
points per game, Mashack posted seven double-doubles over the course of the
season. Ranking fifth among top sophomore performances in LMU history with
those seven double-doubles, Mashack led the team in rebounding 13 times and
scored in double figures 19 times during the season. He set a career-high in
rebounding pulling down 15 in the team's 73-49 loss at USC. With 22 points in
LMU's 89-73 win at San Diego, he tied his career-high in scoring.
LMU captured the 1998-99 league free throw title after converting 73.3 percent
of its shots (441-602) through the regular season. The Lions shot just 67.0
percent in 1997-98 (393-587), its lowest percentage since the 1994-95 campaign
when it shot just 64.4 percent (454-705). LMU had not shot over 72.0 percent
from the line in any season since 1990-91 when it finished the year averaging
73.2 percent (556-760). The last time LMU won a WCC free throw percentage
title dated back to 1988 when the Lions shot 72.2 percent (335-464).
Team And Player Notes
LMU launched a season-high 36 three pointers in its 85-72 loss at home to
Gonzaga (Feb. 20). That total surpassed LMU's previous high of 34 set in the
team's 86-81 loss at Saint Mary's (Jan. 23). LMU hit a season-high 13-of-25
early in the season in an 89-73 win at San Diego in conference play.
Allowing Portland just 61 points at home (Feb. 19), the mark set the fewest
points allowed by LMU in 54 games dating back to 1997 when it defeated Santa
Clara, 70-61, in the first round of the WCC Tournament hosted at LMU.
- LMU committed fewer turnovers than its opponents in nine of its last 13 games.
- LMU had six players score in double figures against Pepperdine (Feb. 3) marking
the first time any Lion squad had accomplished the feat since 1992.
- Loyola Marymount shot a season-high 34-of-42 from the free-throw line at home
against Pepperdine (81.0 percent), breaking its previous season-high
performance against San Francisco (33-38).
- LMU's 97-55 defeat at Xavier ranked tied for seventh all-time in worst losses
in program history. The 42-point deficit tied with a 103-61 loss to Seattle in
- LMU's losses at Utah and Xavier ranked second all-time in worst back-to-back
defeats in program history. The record is held by Loyola Marymount's 1990-91
squad that lost two games in succession, 149-98 at UCLA and 172-112 at
- Loyola Marymount was 8-4 last season when leading at halftime, 9-4 when leading
in field goal percentage, and 6-1 when it outrebounded its opponents.
- LMU shot a season-high 63.8 percent (37-58) in its win over Saint Mary's (Jan.
29), surpassing its previous best of 59.2 percent (29-49) from the field
against San Francisco (Jan. 15).
- Guard Haywood Eaddy was nearly perfect from the free-throw line when shooting
in the last two minutes of the game. He converted 24-26 in those situations,
while the team also shot 80.2 percent from the line in the last two minutes of