With Dameane Douglas “tossing one in” from 80 feet away, Loyola Marymount University’s men's basketball knocked off Portland State, 85-58, at Portland on Dec. 15 for its tenth win in 11 games, the best start in school history.

Douglas’ shot in the last second of the first half gave the Lions a 43-25 lead at intermission, and LMU led by as much as 31 in the second half. James Batemon again led LMU with 26 points, while Joe Quintana tallied a career-high 16 points and four steals, Eli Scott scored 14 with eight rebounds, and Markus Markusson has a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Lions host Boise State at Gersten Pavilion on Dec. 19, travels to UC Riverside Dec. 22, and hosts UC Davis Dec. 28 before opening West Coast Conference play on Jan. 3 ay Pepperdine.

Women’s basketball

Preparing for a trip to Puerto Rico, the Loyola Marymount University women's basketball team held on to defeat Long Beach State, 71-62., at Gersten Pavilion Dec. 14.

The Lions (7-2) were led by Jasmine Jones’ 23 points 11 rebounds, plus Gabby Green’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, in turning back the 49ers whose effort belied their 1-10 record. Andee Velasco had eight assists for the Lions, while Long Beach State freshman Jasmine Hardy, an All-CIF selection at Alemany, scored eight for the 49ers.

LMU plays in the Puerto Rico Classic Dec. 19-21, then opens WCC play at home Dec. 29 and 31 against Gonzaga and Portland.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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