Jan. 7, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Ayer's five-foot, one-handed jumper at the buzzer gave Loyola Marymount a come-from-behind 86-84 victory over San Diego Saturday in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The Lions (4-11) erased a 17-point second-half deficit to win for the only the fourth time in 15 games.
San Diego's Corey Belser made two free throws to tie the game, 84-84, with 14.1 seconds remaining.
With 6.9 seconds left, Loyola Marymount's Wes Wardrop took an inbounds pass and drove down the right side of the lane and fed the ball to Ayer, who shot immediately.
The ball rolled in as the buzzer sounded.
Ayer shot 7-of-10 and scored 19 points. Matthew Knight scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Loyola Marymount and Wardrop scored 19 points.
Trailing 72-55 with 9:32 left, Knight scored 10 points to spark a 26-8 LMU run.
Wardrop gave the Lions an 81-80 lead with a 3-pointer with 1:45 left.
Nick Lewis made six 3-pointers and led the Toreros (10-4) with 28 points. Belser had 13 points and 13 rebounds.
San Diego out-rebounded the Lions 35-30, but LMU shot 56 percent (37-for-66) for the game.
Lewis scored 8 points in San Diego's 19-6 run midway through the second-half to give the Toreros a 72-55 lead with 9:32 remaining in the game.
San Diego had won 10 of 11 coming into the game.
Loyola Marymount snapped a five game losing streak.