Adom Jacko scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and Loyola Marymount defeated San Diego 67-63 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Brandon Brown added 12 points and Munis Tutu 10 for the Lions (10-10, 3-6) who trailed 36-30 at the half and led by nine with 5 1/2 to play.
Vasa Pusica had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tereros (6-13, 1-7), who shot 52 percent in the first half but just 35 percent in the second half. Olin Carter III added 12 points.
Pusica had five quick points for San Diego to cut the deficit to four with 3:35 to play and Marcus Harris hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-61 with 1:02 to play. Jacko slipped free for a dunk with 37 seconds left and the Toreros had three misses on the next possession before Jacko’s two free throws sealed it with three seconds remaining.
Pepperdine 71, BYU 65: Lamond Murray Jr. scored 20 points while Jett Raines finished with 18 as the Waves (13-7, 6-3) beat the Cougars (14-7, 5-3) in Malibu, California.
Pepperdine moved into sole possession of third place in conference a half-game ahead of BYU.
Nick Emery’s 3-point play with 4:02 left in the game put the Cougars up 59-58. Raines scored, BYU’s Chase Fischer hit a jumper, and Raines followed with another basket to put the Waves up for good.
Stacy Davis made two free throws and Murray hit a 3 to make it 67-61 with 1:52 left.
Kyle Collinsworth and Fischer each hit two free throws and BYU called timeout with 31 seconds left.
Raines made two free throws for a 69-65 lead before Fischer missed a 3 on the Cougars’ next possession. Davis made two free throws for the game’s final margin.
Saint Mary’s 89, Portland 74: Dane Pineau had 20 points and 13 rebounds and the Gaels (17-2, 8-1) held its one-game lead for first place in the West Coast Conference with a victory over the Pilots (9-13, 3-6) in Moraga, California.
Saint Mary’s made 12 of their first 13 shots from the field in the second half to steadily build on a seven-point halftime lead.
Pineau sank his first 10 field-goal attempts before missing his final shot. Emmett Naar added 20 points and eight assists, Evan Fitzner scored 13 and Joe Rahon 11. The Gaels finished with 62.5 percent shooting from the field.
Portland closed within 48-42 early in the second half after trailing 33-16 late in the first.
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