Loyola Marymount ended No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home streak

SPOKANE — Cam Shelton hit a layup with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game winning streak 68-67 on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs’ (16-4, 5-1 West Coast Conference) home streak is tied with Long Beach State (1968-74) for the eighth-longest in Division I history.

Shelton scored 27 points to lead the Lions (14-7, 4-3), who hadn’t won in Spokane since 1991 and lost 25 straight to the Zags overall.

Gonzaga has won 93 straight games against unranked opponents, with 69 of those at home, and has won its previous 116 WCC games against teams other than St. Mary’s and BYU.

Gonzaga’s 36-game winning streak in January also ended. Coach Mark Few’s Bulldogs have won 11 straight, their fourth in the nation since a 64-63 loss at Baylor on Dec. 2.

Jalyn Anderson added 15 points and Kelly Loeppe had 11 for the Lions. Loyola Marymount led by as many as nine in the second half and held off Gonzaga’s late run.

LMU led 66-59 with 2:55 left after Shelton’s 3-pointer, but the Zags scored the next eight points to take a 67-66 lead on a Drew Thiem free throw with 41 seconds left. As the shot clock expired, Shelton converted a runner from outside the lane to give the Lions the lead, and Tim’s last-ditch attempt for the game-winner was partially blocked by Lopepe.

Timme led the Zags with 17 points. Nolan Hickman had 12 points and six assists for the Zags, who beat Portland 115-75 last Saturday.

Gonzaga struggled from the field, shooting 44.4% overall and going 4-of-14 (28.6%) from three-point range and 15-of-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line.

THE BIG PICTURE

The Lions improved to 2-2 on the road in WCC play.

Gonzaga has won 29 of its last 30 over Loyola Marymount.

FURTHER

Loyola Marymount hosts Portland next Thursday night.

Gonzaga is at Pacific on Saturday night.

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