Loyola Marymount Holds Off Pacific, 79-73

Loyola Marymount Holds Off Pacific, 79-73

LOS ANGELES - Loyola Marymount ended a five-game losing streak in Gersten Pavilion to Pacific on Thursday evening after posting a 79-73 win in West Coast Conference (WCC) action.

Entering Thursday, the road team had won the previous eight meetings in the series when played on campus, but the Lions used 12 3-pointers to earn their first win at home over the Tigers since a 71-62 decision Dec. 12, 1998.

Brandon Brown led eight Loyola Marymount (10-10, 3-6 WCC) scorers with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with six assists. Steven Haney and Trevor Manuel each added 11 points, while Shamar Johnson had 10.

Twelve of the Lions' 26 made buckets came from beyond the arc, as the home team was 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from deep, including 50 percent (7-of-14) in the second half.

Loyola Marymount shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) overall and 15-of-22 from the free throw line, including 11-of-17 after the break. The Lions totaled 18 assists on 26 made field goals.

Leading four Pacific (8-14, 2-7 WCC) players in double figures was Ray Bowles, who scored 17 of his game-high 22 points after halftime and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe, three makes shy of Ken Staley's and Dave Beasley's school record for a perfect percentage. Stanley was 14-of-14 against Chico State on Dec. 20, 1960, while Beasley posted the same mark against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 14, 1962.

The 22 points matches a career-high Bowles has reached three times previously - at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17, 2015, at Nevada on Nov. 29, 2016, and at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 3, 2016.

Jacob Lampkin narrowly missed his second double-double this season after pumping in a career-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting and nine boards for the Tigers.

"Tonight I thought we played with a lot of energy," Lampkin said. "We were with them for most of the game. At the end of the day, there should be no excuses: we've got to finish."

T.J. Wallace tallied 11 points and five assists. Anthony Townes added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Like Townes, Max Tinsley also collected seven rebounds, a career-high. K.J. Smith had two blocks. 

Now with 1,165 career points, Wallace trails John Errecart by three for 17th place on Pacific's all-time scoring list. Wallace trails John Thomas by 14 points for 16th and Christian Gray by 39 for 15th.

Loyola Marymount deployed a 2-2-1 full-court press the entire night, but Pacific was able to take advantage by spreading the court, as 34 of the Tigers' points came in the paint.

After each team struggled from the floor in the first 20 minutes, both squads blistered the nets in the second period. The Lions shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) after the break, while the Tiers were 56 percent (14-of-25) from the floor.

The Tigers shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the floor overall and totaled an assist on half of all made field goals. The Tigers have shot 45 percent or higher from the field in seven of the last 12 games.

Pacific shot 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the free throw line, including 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) after halftime.

The visitors won the battle of the boards 37-29, including 11-5 on the offensive glass. Lampkin totaled as many offensive rebounds as the Lions.

The Tigers made two 3-pointers, extending their streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 907.

The first half featured four ties and seven lead changes, with the last Pacific upper hand coming at the 1:58 mark on a Townes old-fashioned 3-point play.

The second period included three ties and eight instances where the Orange and Black trailed by just one point, but the Tigers were unable to get over the hump.

Leading by one at the 8:57 mark, Loyola Marymount went on a 9-0 run, hitting three-straight treys, in a 55-second span to push its advantage to 58-48.

The Tigers countered with a 14-5 run. After Keshon Montague canned Pacific's second 3-pointer from the wing, Bowles caught fire, scoring his team's next 11 points. He converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with five minutes left to cut the deficit to 63-62.

The two teams traded layups on the next four possessions before Manuel scored four-straight points to give his team at least a two-possession lead for the final 1:38.  

"Timely turnovers were the difference," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "We were right there. We had the ball down one, but we had a turnover. It's not the end-all be-all in the game, but what happens is that they multiply. We had a chance to seize the moment, but we just couldn't tonight."

Each team started the contest just 6-of-19 from the field. 

The Lions closed the period making 5-of-7 and led 31-28 at intermission. 

Each team shot a near identical percentage from the field in the first 20 minutes, as Loyola Marymount was 36.7 percent (11-of-30), while Pacific was 36.4 percent (12-of-33) and had seven assists on 12 made baskets.

The Lions made five treys on 15 attempts, while the Tigers made 1-of-5.

Townes led all players in the first half in points (8) and rebounds (5).

Pacific continues WCC play Saturday when the Tigers host San Francisco. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. PT.