Gonzaga Rolls Over LMU
Spokane, WA (Jan. 6) - With an 8-0 run in the final two minutes of the first half, Loyola Marymount cut Gonzaga's lead to 40-35 and looked to have the momentum. However, Bulldog senior Derek Raivio hit a lay-up at the buzzer to start a 16-0 run that went through the start of the first half that led Gonzaga to a 97-62 win over LMU on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Adoyah Miller capitalized on a three-point play, senior John Montgomery hit a three-pointer and senior Matthew Knight hit a short jumper to make the score 40-35 with 1:06 remaining. The Lions had a shot to cut it to just a pair when Montgomery's three-pointer rimmed out with five seconds left.
However, Raivio took the rebound the length of the court and took themomentum right from the Lions and his layin with 0.5 left in the first half kicked started the Bulldogs damaging run.
Knight, playing for the first time in three games, led the Lions with 19 points and seven rebounds, going 7-for-14 from the field. Sophomore Marko Deric had a career-high eight points while Miller and Montgomery added seven each.
Senior Derick Grubb added 11 as the Lions dropped their fourth straight and fall to 8-9 overall and 0-1 in WCC play. Gonzaga snapped a four-game losing skid, their longest since 1997, and improve to 10-6 overall and 1-0 in the WCC.
"We didn't come out and match their intensity in the second half," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "They wanted in more than we did. They say a whole lot is determined the first five minutes of each half. We turned the ball over early in the first half and they jumped on us and we turned it over to start the second half and like a good team they finished us off."
The Bulldogs shot 65 percent in the second half and finished the game hitting 61.4 percent. Gonzaga scored 21 second half points on 11 turnovers by the Lions, scoring 19 in the first eight minutes to burry the Lions.
LMU finished just 34.9 percent from the field. Both teams had 20 turnovers but Gonzaga finished the game outscoring the Lions off turnovers, 27-13. Sean Mallon had a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.
"They stepped their game and we didn't," said Tention. "Mallon did everything we knew he could do. To Gonzaga's credit, they had them ready to play."
The Lions will conclude their four-game road swing at Portland on Monday at 8 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard through Lions All-Access at LMULions.com and KXLU 88.9 FM.
- LMU Media Relations -