Loyola Marymount halts Gonzaga’s home winning streak at 76

SPOKANE, Wash. — Cam Shelton banked in a go-ahead runner with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 76-game home winning streak with a 68-67 victory Thursday night time.

The home streak for the Bulldogs (16-4, 5-1 West Coast Conference) was the eighth longest in Division I historical past. It included a Nov. 20 win over Kentucky in a neutral-site recreation at Spokane Arena, which the NCAA thought of a home recreation for Gonzaga.

Shelton scored 27 factors to steer the Lions (14-7, 4-3), who hadn’t received in Spokane since 1991 and had misplaced 25 straight to the Zags.

“For us, it is one other signal that our program is transferring in the best route, and that is the most important factor,” Loyola Marymount coach Stan Johnson mentioned. “Not too many individuals are going to return up right here and win, so I believe it simply stands and validates the blokes we now have within the locker room and all of the issues we have been attempting to perform.”

Gonzaga had received 83 straight video games towards unranked opponents with 46 of these coming at home.

“The home streak is over,” Zags coach Mark Few mentioned. “It was going to finish someday and it resulted in a troublesome, hard-fought battle. Our guys battled again and had a shot to maintain it going. … I do not assume anyone goes to the touch that [streak] for fairly a while.”

The Bulldogs’ streak of 36 straight wins within the month of January additionally ended. They had received 11 straight general since dropping to Baylor on Dec. 2.

Jalin Anderson added 15 factors and Keli Leaupepe had 11 for the Lions. Loyola Marymount led by as many as 9 within the second half and held off Gonzaga’s late run.

LMU led 66-59 with 2:55 left after Shelton’s 3-pointer, however the Zags scored the following eight factors to take a 67-66 lead on Drew Timme’s free throw with 41 seconds left. With the shot clock working down, Shelton transformed a runner from simply exterior the lane to present the Lions the lead, and Timme’s final try at a winner was partially blocked by Leaupepe.

Shelton’s savvy play was essential for the Lions within the closing minutes.

“Cam’s had a very super 12 months to date and I believed he put stress on them getting within the paint,” Johnson mentioned. “I believed he made some good choices discovering his guys and I believed he had nice poise, and that is what you need from a veteran level guard.”

Timme led the Zags with 17 factors. Nolan Hickman chipped in 12 factors and 6 assists for the Zags, who have been coming off a 115-75 win over Portland on Saturday.

Gonzaga struggled from the sector, capturing 44.4% general and going 4-of-14 (28.6%) from 3-point vary and 15-of-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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