Ahrens has 18, Loyola Marymount takes down Portland 92-72
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Justin Ahrens scored 18 points off of the bench to help lead Loyola Marymount past Portland 92-72 on Thursday night in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Ahrens shot 5 for 9 (4 for 8 from 3-point range) and 4 of 5 from the free throw line for the Lions (11-4). Keli Leaupepe scored 16 points while going 4 of 10 from the floor, including 3 for 8 from distance, and 5 for 10 from the line, and added seven rebounds. Cameron Shelton was 6 of 11 shooting and 2 of 4 from the free throw line to finish with 15 points. Jalin Anderson also had 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting with three 3-pointers.
Michael Meadows finished with 29 points for the Pilots (8-8). Alden Applewhite added 12 points for Portland. Kristian Sjolund also put up seven points and seven rebounds.
Loyola Marymount took the lead with 19:23 remaining in the first half and never looked back. The score was 46-33 at halftime, with Ahrens racking up 12 points. Loyola Marymount extended the lead to 73-50 during the second half, fueled by a 9-0 scoring run. Jalin Anderson scored a team-high 10 points in the second half as his team closed out the win.
These two teams both play Saturday. Loyola Marymount (CA) visits Pacific while Portland visits BYU.