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Loyola Marymount halts Gonzaga’s dwelling profitable streak at 76

Loyola Marymount halts Gonzaga’s dwelling profitable streak at 76

Loyola Marymount halts Gonzaga’s dwelling profitable streak at 76

SPOKANE, Wash. — Cam Shelton banked in a go-ahead runner with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga‘s 76-game dwelling profitable streak with a 68-67 victory Thursday evening.

The house streak for the Bulldogs (16-4, 5-1 West Coast Convention) had been the eighth longest in Division I historical past. It included a Nov. 20 win over Kentucky in a neutral-site recreation at Spokane Area, which the NCAA thought-about a house recreation for Gonzaga.

Shelton scored 27 factors to steer the Lions (14-7, 4-3), who hadn’t received in Spokane since 1991 and had misplaced 25 straight to the Zags.

“For us, it is one other signal that our program is shifting in the best path, and that is the largest factor,” Loyola Marymount coach Stan Johnson mentioned. “Not too many individuals are going to return up right here and win, so I believe it simply stands and validates the blokes we have now within the locker room and all of the issues we have been making an attempt to perform.”

Gonzaga had received 83 straight video games in opposition to unranked opponents with 46 of these coming at dwelling.

“The house streak is over,” Zags coach Mark Few mentioned. “It was going to finish someday and it led to a troublesome, hard-fought battle. Our guys battled again and had a shot to maintain it going. … I do not suppose anyone goes to the touch that [streak] for fairly a while.”

The Bulldogs’ streak of 36 straight wins within the month of January additionally ended. That they had received 11 straight total since shedding to Baylor on Dec. 2.

Interlace Anderson added 15 factors and Kelly Leaubebe had 11 for the Lions. Loyola Marymount led by as many as 9 within the second half and held off Gonzaga’s late run.

LMU led 66-59 with 2:55 left after Shelton’s 3-pointer, however the Zags scored the subsequent eight factors to take a 67-66 lead on Drew Timme‘s free throw with 41 seconds left. With the shot clock operating down, Shelton transformed a runner from simply outdoors the lane to provide the Lions the lead, and Timme’s final try at a winner was partly blocked by Leaupepe.

Shelton’s savvy play was essential for the Lions within the closing minutes.

“Cam’s had a very super 12 months to this point and I believed he put strain on them getting within the paint,” Johnson mentioned. “I believed he made some good choices discovering his guys and I believed he had nice poise, and that is what you need from a veteran level guard.”

Timme led the Zags with 17 factors. Nolan Hickman chipped in 12 factors and 6 assists for the Zags, who had been coming off a 115-75 win over Portland on Saturday.

Gonzaga struggled from the sector, taking pictures 44.4% total and going 4-of-14 (28.6%) from 3-point vary and 15-of-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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