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Texas A&M; Rallies to Beat Loyola Marymount, 81-79

Loyola Marymount ended a nightmarish year Thursday night in frustration.

The Lions, after leading for a sizable portion of the second half, squandered several scoring chances in the final five minutes as Texas A&M; rallied for an 81-79 nonconference victory at Gersten Pavilion.

It was the 18th consecutive defeat for Loyola (0-8), which was 3-23 in 1993. The Lions have not won since Jan. 30.

A basket by guard Ross Richardson gave Loyola a 71-66 lead with 8:16 left, but Texas A&M; (5-3) came back and took the lead for good, 77-75, on a jump shot by reserve forward Lance Broderson with 3:36 left. Broderson’s basket came in the middle of a Loyola cold stretch, in which the Lions turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions.

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Loyola was also hurt in the final minutes by the absence of its two leading scorers. Forward Zan Mason did not return after suffering a knee injury with 12:04 left and center Wyking Jones fouled out with 4:46 remaining.

Reserve guard Bill Mazurie led the Lions with 20 points.

Forward Damon Johnson paced Texas A&M; with 26 points and 11 rebounds.


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