James Batemon had 19 points and Loyola Marymount went 9-for-10 from the foul line in the final minute to beat USF 74-69 on the Hilltop on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (20-10, 8-8 WCC) led by 10 with 12:58 left and were still up by eight before two 3-pointers by Dzmitry Ryuny and another by Frankie Ferrari allowed the Dons (21-9, 9-7) to take a one-point lead with 6:04 to go.
USF again was up by one with 3:59 left after another Ryuny 3-pointer, but that would be the Dons’ final lead. A 3-pointer by Erik Johansson gave Loyola Marymount a 65-62 edge with 2:05 left, and foul shots sealed the deal for the Lions.
“They made their free throws for the most part,” Dons head coach Kyle Smith said of LMU. “They went to the line 27 times, so that’s something we’ve got to address, keeping people off the line.”
Ferrari and Jimbo Lull scored 13 points apiece and Ryuny added 12 for USF.
Santa Clara 78, Portland 62: Tahj Eaddy hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead four Broncos in double figures as visiting Santa Clara (16-14, 8-8 WCC) defeated the Pilots (7-24, 0-16). Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 16 points to lead Portland.
San Diego State 84, San Jose State 56: Jeremy Hemsley scored 15 points as the host Aztecs (19-10, 11-5 Mountain West) beat the Spartans (4-24, 1-15). Zach Chappell’s 14 points led San Jose State.
San Jose State 84, San Diego State 76: Analyss Benally hit seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points and Danae Marquez added nine points and 15 assists as the host Spartans (5-22, 4-12 Mountain West) beat the Aztecs (10-17, 5-11) for their third win in four games. “We know we can compete with any team in the conference,” San Jose State head coach Jamie Craighead said. “I don’t think our kids fear anyone.”
BYU 69, Santa Clara 64: Sara Hamson scored 18 points to lead the host Cougars (23-6, 15-3 WCC) past the Broncos (13-16, 6-12) — who have lost 18 of 20 meetings in the series. Tia Hay scored 18 points for Santa Clara.
San Diego 66, USF 59: Sydney Hunter had 21 points as the host Toreros (9-20, 2-16) beat the Dons (6-23, 2-16), who got 17 points from Nia Alexander.
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