West Coast Conference Tournament: Loyola Marymount Making Some Noise in Early Rounds

Kelley L. Cox-USA Today Sports

There’s pretty much no other way to say it; Loyola Marymount has had a horrendous year within the West Coast Conference.

The Lions finished the regular season at 1-15 within the league, going through a stretch of 55 consecutive days without winning a contest. That streak carried directly over into postseason play, as the Lions were hoping to make some late noise within the West Coast Conference Tournament.

Well albeit the competition has not been that stiff, the mini run that Loyola Marymount has been on in the first two days of the conference tournament is certainly worth noting. This of course is especially considering all the struggles that they had during the regular season.

Well, as the league’s bottom seed, the Lions squared off against Portland in the first round of one of the strangest structured brackets that you will find. The Lions dispatched Portland and advanced through to the next round on Thursday night, looking to win back-to-back contests against fifth-seeded San Francisco.

Aided by a pair of late free throws from Anthony Ireland, the Lions prevailed in overtime against the Dons by a final score of 61-60. Two games, two wins within the conference tournament for Loyola Marymount, it’s as simple as that. Now, the Lions will square off against fourth-seeded Santa Clara and ironically enough that’s the only WCC team that they defeated during the regular season.

Hey who knows what else can happen, but LMU is certainly giving themselves an extended stay within the tournament.

In the other contest that was played on Thursday night, San Diego advanced into the next round with a 62-59 victory over Pepperdine. The Toreros move forward to face third-seeded BYU in the next round.

 

Take a look below at the times and match-ups of the quarterfinal round of the West Coast Conference Tournament:

Mar. 8, 9:30pm (EST): Loyola Marymount vs. Santa Clara

Mar. 8, 11:30pm (EST): San Diego vs. BYU

**Double-byes: Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s**

 

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