Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Payne led four teammates in double figures with 16 points, as the Loyola Marymount Lions held off the San Diego Toreros, 65-62, in West Coast Conference action at Gersten Pavilion.
Gabe Levin tallied 12 points and eight rebounds for Loyola (10-4, 0-2 WCC), which has won four straight games. Alex Osborne netted 11 points, while Anthony Ireland chipped in 10 points and eight assists.
For San Diego (9-6, 0-2), Johnny Dee lead all scorers with a season-high 28 points, making 6-of-10 from 3-point range. Duda Sanadze registered 18 points and nine rebounds, while Christopher Anderson handed out 12 assists.
San Diego had control of the game early on, outshooting Loyola from the field in the first half, 46.4 percent to 40.7 percent, en route to a 32-28 halftime lead.
The Toreros led by three with under seven minutes remaining before the Lions ripped off a 10-0 run to grab hold of the advantage. San Diego made its deficit just one with 44 seconds left following a Dee 3-pointer, but after Levin hit a pair of free throws for Loyola, Dennis Kramer missed the potential game-tying 3-pointer for the visitors in the waning seconds.
Loyola scored 19 points off of 14 San Diego turnovers. The Toreros were also quiet from the foul line (4-of-7).