San Diego, CA (Dec. 16) - The non-conference match-up between San Diego State and Loyola Marymount looked to be a up and down battle Saturday night in San Diego. However, the Lions went over nine minutes with just three points and one field goal as they went down double digits and could not recover, falling 74-63 at Cox Arena.
Senior Brandon Worthy finished the game with 22 points and five rebounds Matthew Knight added 16 points and five rebounds while Adoyah Miller had 10 points. The Lions fall to 7-5 while SDSU improves to 10-2.
With 11:07 remaining in the first half, Worthy tied the score at 17 with a steal and transition basketball. However, the Lions would go through another scoring drought. They would hit just one field goal and score just three points in a nine-minute span as SDSU took a 33-20 lead on a 16-3 run.
Worthy ended the run with a three-pointer 1:50 remaining in the half as they trailed 35-25 at the break.
Aztec leading scorer Brandon Heath, who was held to just one field goal and six points in the first half, exploded to lead SDSU with five straight points and a 15-point lead just two minutes in to the second half. Heath would score 19 second half points to finish with a game-high 25 points.
The Lions cut the lead to nine, 47-38, on a three by Miller with 14:29 remaining. SDSU would go on another run, this one 16-4 over six minutes to go up by as many as 21.
It was far from over as the Lions attempted yet another comeback. To theshock
of the 6,033 in attendance, the Lions went on an 18-3 run in six minutes to cut the lead to six. In the run freshmen Shawn Deadwiler II hit a long jumper to make it 64-52 and Worthy's three-pointer with 2:55 remaining made it a 64-57 game.
After a pair of free throws by Mohamed Abukar, who had 17 points, Worthy hit another three pointer to make it 66-60 with 2:29 remaining. They got no closer as San Diego State held on.
LMU's shooting woes continued as the shot just 32 percent for the game. In the five losses this season they are shooting 32 percent and averaging 59 points per game, while scoring 72.9 points and shooting 45 percent in the seven wins. San Diego State finished the game shooting 51 percent and outrebounded the Lions 40-29.