Vernon Teel and Drew Viney scored 18 points apiece to lead fifth-seeded Loyola Marymount to an 84-76 win over No. 4 San Francisco in the second round of the West Coast Conference tournament tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Lions (18-14) will play top-seeded and No. 18 Gonzaga in the semifinal round Sunday night. It will be the Lions’ third game in three days after defeating Pepperdine 87-84 in the first round Friday night.
Teel had seven rebounds and five assists, while Viney had eight rebounds. Ashley Hamilton added 14 points for Loyola Marymount, which shot 49 percent (29 of 59) from the field and 80 percent (20 of 25) from the free-throw line.
Kwame Vaughn led San Francisco (12-18) with 20 points, highlighted by an 11-of-13 showing from the free-throw line. Dior Lowhorn had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Dontae Bryant added 11 points for the Dons, who end the season losing three straight.
Jarred DuBois added 11 points for the Lions, who have won eight of their last 11.
After San Francisco built its largest lead at 50-44 with 15:26 left in the game, the Lions rallied and took the lead for good, 55-53, on a Hamilton field goal with 11:28 remaining. Loyola Marymount later built a 77-70 lead on a Teel 3-pointer with 49 seconds left.
For the game, San Francisco shot 45 percent (27 of 60) from the field and 59 percent (17 of 29) from the free-throw line.
The Lions built the biggest lead of the first half at 34-27. The Dons rallied to force the fifth tie of the half at intermission, 33-33.