Loyola Marymount ends Gonzaga’s winning streak at 76

SPOKANE, Wash. — Cam Shelton banked with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 76-game home winning streak Thursday night with a 68-67 win.

The home series for the Bulldogs (16–4, 5–1 West Coast Conference) was the eighth-longest in Division I history. It included a November 20 victory over Kentucky in a neutral-site game at Spokane Arena, which won the NCAA considered a home game for Gonzaga.

Shelton scored 27 points to lead the Lions (14-7, 4-3), who had not won in Spokane since 1991 and had lost 25 straight to the Zags.

“For us, it’s another sign that our program is going in the right direction, and that’s the most important thing,” said Loyola Marymount coach Stan Johnson. “Not many people will come here to win, so I think it just holds up and confirms the guys we have in the dressing room and all the things we’ve been trying to achieve.”

Gonzaga had won 83 straight matches against unranked opponents, 46 of them at home.

“The homestreak is over,” said Zags coach Mark Few. “It was going to come to an end at some point and it ended in a tough, hard-fought battle. Our guys fought back and had a chance to keep it going. … I don’t think anyone will match that [streak] for quite some time.”

The Bulldogs’ streak of 36 straight wins in the month of January also came to an end. They had 11 consecutive wins since losing to Baylor on December 2.

Jalin Anderson added 15 points and Keli Leaupepe had 11 for the Lions. Loyola Marymount led by as many as nine in the second half and held back Gonzaga’s late run.

LMU led 66-59 with 2:55 left on Shelton’s 3-pointer, but the Zags scored the next eight points to take a 67-66 lead on Drew Timme’s free throw with 41 seconds remaining. As the shot clock ran, Shelton converted a runner from just out of bounds to give the Lions the lead, and Timme’s final attempt at a winner was partially blocked by Leaupepe.

Shelton’s shrewd play was crucial for the Lions in the dying minutes.

“Cam has had a great year so far and I thought he was pressuring them to get into the picture,” said Johnson. “I thought he made some good decisions finding his guys and I thought he had great balance, which is what you want from an experienced point guard.”

Timme led the Zags with 17 points. Nolan Hickman scored 12 points and six assists for the Zags, who beat Portland 115-75 on Saturday.

Gonzaga struggled from the field, shooting 44.4% overall and going 4-of-14 (28.6%) from 3-point range and 15-of-23 (65.2%) from the free throw line.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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