Viney Leads LMU Over Portland In WCC Tourney

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drew Viney scored 25 points and made a late length-of-the-court pass to lead No. 8 seed Loyola Marymount to a 72-68 upset Friday night of No. 5 seed Portland in a first-round West Coast Conference tournament game.

The Pilots (20-10) had swept the regular-season series, beating Loyola Marymount in a 79-78 double overtime thriller Jan. 13 and 71-48 on Feb. 12. But Viney didn’t play in the latter because of a migraine.

He dominated Friday, hitting 9 of 14 shots and 4 of 5 from 3-point range while grabbing five boards for the Lions (10-20).

After Portland pulled within 70-68 with 13 seconds remaining on a pair of free throws by Derrick Rodgers, Loyola Marymount called time out. Viney inbounded the ball with a long pass to Larry Davis, who scored an easy layup to seal the win.

Jared Stohl led Portland with 23 points. The game featured 14 lead changes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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