Loyola Marymount Lions men's basketball

The Loyola Marymount Lions men's basketball team represents Loyola Marymount University in men’s college basketball. The team competes in the West Coast Conference. The team has played its home game at Gersten Pavilion since 1981.[2]

Loyola Marymount Lions
2023–24 Loyola Marymount Lions men's basketball team
UniversityLoyola Marymount University
Head coachStan Johnson (4th season)
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
LocationLos Angeles, California
ArenaGersten Pavilion
(Capacity: 4,156)
ColorsCrimson and blue[1]
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours
Alternate jersey
Team colours
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1961, 1990
NCAA tournament round of 32
1988, 1990
NCAA tournament appearances
1961, 1980*, 1988, 1989, 1990
*vacated by NCAA
Conference tournament champions
1988, 1989
Conference regular season champions
1961, 1988, 1990

Loyola Marymount'’s last appearance in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament was in 1990, where they advanced to the Elite Eight. They lost to eventual national champion UNLV. Prior to the NCAA tournament, Lions star player Hank Gathers died during the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament from a heart condition. The Lions defeated New Mexico State, defending champion Michigan, and Alabama. The 1990 squad was also the highest scoring team in NCAA Division I history with an average of 122 points per game.

History edit

Loyola Marymount has played in the West Coast Conference since 1955, when the Lions and Pepperdine Waves joined the hitherto Northern Californian league that included Santa Clara University, the University of San Francisco, Saint Mary's College, and the University of Pacific. LMU has played in the WCC ever since, fostering heated rivalries with all WCC members, especially Pepperdine University and the University of San Diego, a WCC member since 1979.

LMU's early basketball history produced two Lions better known for their coaching tenures at other WCC schools than their LMU careers. Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert were classmates at LMU, graduating in 1939. Newell went on to coach the San Francisco Dons to the 1949 NIT title, and the California Golden Bears to the 1959 NCAA tournament championship. Newell is considered one of the most influential coaches in the history of basketball. Woolpert coached the legendary Bill Russell and K.C. Jones led University of San Francisco Dons to NCAA championships in 1954 and 1955.

Though LMU represented the WCC in the 1961 NCAA tournament, the Lions were consistently also rans in the WCC which included powerful University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University teams. Of note from LMU's early WCC teams is Rick Adelman, the 1968 WCC Player of the Year, who enjoyed a 7 year NBA career followed by a 30-year NBA coaching career.

The Lions burst onto the national basketball scene in the late 1980s under coach Paul Westhead. His teams led Division I in scoring in 1988 (110.3 points per game), 1989 (112.5) and 1990 (122.4).[3] LMU's 122.4 point per game in 1990 was still a record as of October 2010.[4] As of October 2010, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined scoring games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Westhead's career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989.[5]

Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble transferred to LMU from the University of Southern California.[6] In the 1988–89 season, Gathers became the second player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season, averaging 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.[7][8] In the 1989–90 season, Kimble led the nation in scoring averaging 35.3 points per game. Both Gathers and Kimble were consensus second team All-American selections in 1990.[9][10]

In the 1989–90 season, during the second round of the WCC tournament, Gathers collapsed and died on the court due to a heart condition. The team nevertheless reached the Elite Eight in the 1990 NCAA tournament. Its three postseason wins included a 149–115 regional victory over Michigan that established NCAA men's tournament records for points by one team and combined points in a single game. The Lions ultimately were eliminated by UNLV, a team that went on to win the national championship. Loyola Marymount's final record was 26–6. Gathers (#44) and teammate Bo Kimble (#30) later had their jerseys retired by LMU.

LMU alumnus Mike Dunlap took over the program in 2014 and guided the Lions until the end of the 2020 season. Dunlap was formerly the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.

On April 8, 2020, Stan Johnson was announced as the 27th head coach of Loyola Marymount.[11]

Postseason results edit

NCAA tournament results edit

The Lions have appeared in the NCAA tournament five times. Their combined record is 5–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1961 Regional semifinals
Regional 3rd-place game
L 75–91
W 69–67
1980 First round Arizona State L 71–99
1988 First round
Second Round
North Carolina
W 119–115
L 97–123
1989 First round Arkansas L 101–120
1990 First round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
New Mexico State
W 111–92
W 149–115
W 62–60
L 101–131

NIT results edit

The Lions have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) one time. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First round
Second Round
W 80–75
L 90–99

CIT results edit

The Lions have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their record is 2–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First round Pacific L 76-86
2012 First round
Second Round
Cal State-Fullerton
Weber State
Utah State
W 89–79
W 84–78OT
L 69–77

CBI results edit

The Lions have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2019 First round
California Baptist
South Florida
W 56–55
W 81–63
L 47–56

Retired numbers edit

Loyola Marymount has retired two jersey numbers, both being two members of the 1990 Sweet Sixteen team.

Loyola Marymount Lions retired numbers
No. Player Pos. Career No. ret. Ref.
30 Bo Kimble SG 1987–1990 February 19,
44 Hank Gathers [n 1] F 1987–1990 [13]
  1. ^ Posthumous honor.

Lions in professional basketball edit

The following Lion players have played in the National Basketball Association (NBA):

The following Lions are playing in international basketball:

References edit

  1. ^ "Colors – Loyola Marymount University". June 1, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Loyola Marymount Official Athletic Site - on Campus". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  3. ^ NCAA (November 10, 2010). "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records - Division I Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. NCAA. p. 39. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 12, 2011.
  4. ^ NCAA 2010, p.5
  5. ^ NCAA 2010, pp.28–29
  6. ^ Florence, Mal Taken From 3 USC Freshmen: Lewis, Gathers and Kimble Receive Word From Raveling. Los Angeles Times, April 15, 1986
  7. ^ Hersch, Hank (February 13, 1989). "Gathers 'round The Rim". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Maxey, Wendell (March 4, 2010). "Hank Gathers' legacy endures 20 years after tragic on-court death". USA Today. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.
  9. ^ NCAA 2010, p.23
  10. ^ NCAA (October 31, 2008). "NCAA Men's Basketball Records (Award Winners)" (PDF). p. 137. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "LMU Names Stan Johnson Men's Basketball Head Coach". LMULions.com. Loyola Marymount University. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  12. ^ Kimble bio at Lmulions.com
  13. ^ Gathers bio at Lmulions.com

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