Dec. 6, 2006
Huntsville, TX (Dec. 6) - Playing in their sixth straight on the road, the longest road trip in 10 years, the Loyola Marymount men's basketball team could not find their second half legs as Sam Houston State shot 69 percent in the second frame and 60 percent for the game to pull away for a 92-77 win in Huntsville, Texas, on Wednesday night.
The Lions were led by senior Matthew Knight with 21 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Worthy added 20 points and five assists. They fall to 6-4 on the season, the first time this season the Lions have dropped back-to-back contests. They finished the road trip an even 3-3. Sam Houston State improves to 6-3 on the year.
Adoyah Miller finished the game with 12 points, hitting 4-for-6 from the three-point line, all in the second half. Freshman Mason Maynard, earning his first career start, went for a career-high 10 points with four rebounds.
It was an atypical game for the Lions as their offense got going but their defense, who had allowed teams to shoot just 38 percent in their six wins, could not stop the hot shooting Bearkats. Six players finished in double figures for SHSU as they finished 34-for-57 from the field. LMU went for 46.8 percent, hitting 29-for-62 overall and 7-for-15 from the three-point line.
Sam Houston State jumped out to a 12-point lead at 60-48 with 12:12 remaining. Miller then when on a hot-streak himself, hitting three straight three-pointers and Worthy earned a steal and a dunk to cut the lead to 66-61 with 9:04 remaining.
However, the Bearkats would not miss and pussed the lead back to 12, 74-61, with a 8-0 run. The Lions would get no closer.
"They came out and kicked our tails and we did not respond," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "They could not miss and we did not do the things we have to do on defense to force tougher shots."
The Lions finally return home to face UC Irvine at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:05 p.m. It is the first home game since Nov. 19.