The Loyola Marymount Lions used a strong second half to defeat the Portland State Vikings, 66-56, at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Ashley Hamilton led the Lions with 19 points and 9 rebounds, shooting 7-7 from the free throw line on a night that Loyola Marymount shot 16-18 from the line. Anthony Ireland added 12 points in the victory that evened the Lions' record at 4-4 in non-conference play.
After Portland State took a 43-42 lead on a Lamont Prosser layup with 12:52 remaining, the Vikings went scoreless for more than six minutes. By the time their next basket came, Loyola Marymount held a 5-point lead. Another 7-0 run for the Lions over the next minute and a half put the game out of reach.
Godwin Okonji, Chase Flint and C.J. Blackwell all added 10 points apiece for the Lions, who next play on Wednesday at Northern Arizona.