Loyola Marymount jumps out early to beat Pepperdine 77-65
Keli Leaupepe had career highs in both points (24) and rebounds (eight) for LMU (8-12, 2-4 West Coast Conference). Jordan Bell chipped in 13 points and Eli Scott added 13 rebounds, 10 assists and five points. Erik Johansson finished with eight points that included two 3-pointers to reach his career 100th with the Lions.
JoJo Walker had 17 points to lead Portland (9-12, 1-5), which has lost four straight.
LMU built a double-digit lead midway through the first half. The Pilots cut the deficit to 50-41 with 11 minutes to play before the Lions pulled away.
Portland travels to Pepperdine on Saturday. Loyola Marymount hosts Saint Mary’s on Saturday.