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Lowery Gets 34, but Loyola Loses, 120-116

It was the University of Nevada 67, Loyola Marymount University 61.

And that was merely the first-half score.

The Wolfpack, getting 31 points from Bryan Thomasson and shooting 57 free throws, beat the Lions, 120-116, in a nonconference game Friday night.

Nevada shot only 54.4% from the foul line, making 31. The 57 free throws is the most by a Loyola opponent. The old mark was 52, set by Gonzaga during the 1983-84 season. Loyola made 31 of 38 from the free-throw line.

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Loyola’s Terrell Lowery was the game’s top scorer with 34 points. He also had eight assists and seven rebounds, both team highs.

Tony Walker, who made seven of seven field-goal attempts, had a career-high 21 points, and Brian McCloskey added 19 for the Lions (2-2).

Nevada (1-2) led for good after taking a 26-25 lead with 15:10 left in the first half.

The Wolfpack led, 73-61, early in the second half, but Loyola closed to within 115-112 on a jump shot by McCloskey with 1:51 left. However, a three-pointer by Nevada’s Ric Herrin made it 118-112 with 1:29 left.

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“We played hard the whole game,” Loyola Coach Jay Hillock said. “Their free-throw shooting slowed out game down and changed the tempo to their favor.”


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