Loyola Marymount 74, No. 13 Gonzaga 66

Ashley Hamilton beckoned his fellow students to celebrate with

him on the court after leading Loyola Marymount to its biggest

victory in 20 years.

Hamilton scored 17 points and Drew Viney had 16 points, 10

rebounds and five assists to lead the Lions to a 74-66 upset of No.

13 Gonzaga on Thursday night.

After the final horn sounded, Hamilton and teammate Vernon Teel

stood on the press tables and waved students onto the court. About

150 spectators overwhelmed campus security to mob the players.

“We just wanted to share that experience with them,” said

Hamilton, who tied a career high with three blocks. “Everybody

talks about beating Gonzaga. To finally do it as a team, as a

campus, as a community is a special feeling.”

Loyola Marymount beat Gonzaga for just the third time in 31

meetings since 1996.

The victory was the Lions’ first over a ranked team since the

1990 NCAA tournament, when they defeated Alabama in the West

Regional semifinals. That was the team that featured Bo Kimble and

the late Hank Gathers.

Reserve Larry Davis, a transfer from Seton Hall, added 12 points

for the Lions (14-13, 5-6 West Coast Conference), who have won four

of six. Kevin Young added 11 points and Jarred DuBois had 10

points.

“I always thought they had a very, very talented crew,”

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said of the Lions. “I mean, they’ve got a

lot of pieces. For the most part, they consistently beat us to the

basketball time and time again.”

Not since December could Loyola Marymount coach Max Good use his

full complement of players.

“We had our full team probably for the first time since Long

Beach State and Notre Dame,” Good said of early season games.

“Tonight, we had four guards and they were huge.”

Elias Harris had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs

(21-5, 9-2), who had won 13 of their last 14, while Demetri Goodson

and Steven Gray added 11 points apiece.

But Gonzaga shot just 34.4 percent from the field and Harris

missed seven of 11 shots.

“He didn’t shoot well but that was because of our defense,”

Viney said. “We really made sure we knew where he was every moment

of every play. He’s a special player and we had to put all of our

attention on him to stop him.”

Gonzaga, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half,

was up 41-36 28 seconds into the second half when Loyola Marymount

started its rally.

Young scored six points during a 14-4 run that put the Lions

ahead 50-45 with 13:22 to play. The Bulldogs missed seven of their

first eight shots from the field in the half.

“We had some really good looks,” Few said. “We got some

point-blankers. But we pretty much got throttled on our inside play

and we thought we had a decided advantage in there.”

Harris’ 3-pointer narrowed Gonzaga’s deficit to 52-50 but Loyola

Marymount used a 14-6 run to go ahead 66-56 with 4:21

remaining.

The Bulldogs drew within 68-64 with 1:20 left, but Davis’s layup

on an inbounds pass from Vernon Teel as the shot clock expired

extended the Lions’ lead to six points with 43 seconds to play.

“That was a huge play,” Good said of Davis’ layup. “If we

miss that and they get running, they could cut (the lead) to two.

That’s almost a four-point switch. But you could see the air kind

of went out of them.”

Loyola Marymount scored 18 points in the paint and forced

Gonzaga to miss 20 of 27 shots in the second half. The Bulldogs

scored just 10 points, all on free throws, in a span of 7:15 during

that half.