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Lions tighten WCC race by beating Saint Mary’s

Drew Viney scored 17 points, Anthony Ireland had 16 and Loyola Marymount bounced back from one of its most lopsided losses of the season to beat No. 21 Saint Mary’s 75-60 on Wednesday night at Moraga, Calif.

Jarred Dubois added 15 points and Ashley Hamilton had 11 for the Lions (17-10, 10-4 West Coast Conference), who silenced a capacity crowd at McKeon Pavilion with a huge road win that significantly tightened the conference race.

It was the first loss in 17 home games for the first-place Gaels (23-4, 12-2), who saw their lead over No. 24 Gonzaga trimmed to one game. Saint Mary’s lost starting guard Stephen Holt to a right knee injury in the first half.


UCLA 64, Southern California 54: David Wear had 16 points and 13 rebounds and twin brother Travis Wear had 14 points and 11 boards, helping the Bruins (15-11, 8-6) beat the Trojans (6-21, 1-13) at Los Angeles.

Byron Wesley scored 16 points and Garrett Jackson had 15 for USC.