Loyola to Play Host to Xavier Tonight

Loyola Marymount will take a three-game winning streak into what figures to be another high-scoring nonconference basketball game at 7:30 tonight against Xavier of Ohio at Gersten Pavilion.

Loyola (5-4) is averaging 111 points a game, with four players in double figures. Center Hank Gathers is averaging 34.4 points and 14.1 rebounds, placing him among the nation’s leaders.

Xavier (8-3), averaging 81 points, beat Louisville in its season opener, 85-83, and has a four-game winning streak. The lineup includes 5-foot 11-inch guard Stan Kimbrough, who is averaging 21.6 points a game; 6-9 forward Tyrone Hill, with 18-point and 11-rebound averages, and 6-10 Palisades High graduate Derek Strong, who is averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds.