Pregame Report - Loyola Marymount Lions

The Loyola Marymount Lions come in with a two-game winnng streak and the Titans are coming off a loss to WCC foe USF. Fullerton leads the all-time series, 12-9, and is 5-4 in Titan Gym. Last season the Lions scored a 65-56 victory in Gersten Pavilion. A pair of double-digit scorers return for LMU in guard Robert Davis (6-2, Sr., 11.9 ppg last year, 6.7 ppg this year) and forward Greg Lakey (6-9, Sr., 10.4 ppg last year, 12.3 ppg this year).

Lions are 2-1 with wins at Mississippi Valley State and home to Idaho State and an opening night loss to Samford... Andy Osborn is the early leading scorer at 12.7 points per game with and Marcus Smith (11.7) close behind... the Lions of second-year coach Steve Aggers have hit 46 per cent of their 3-point field goal attempts led by Smith at 5-for-10.

Game 3: Loyola Marymount
Saturday, November 23, 2001 @ Titan Gym

Rankings CollegeRPI Sagarin
Cal State Fullerton (0-2) 284 292
Loyola Marymount (2-1) 76 241

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The Line from Las Vegas

  • N/A (TitanCentral guess: LMU by 6)

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TitanCentral.com's Key's to Winning: Play the exact opposite as they did against USF. That means put the ball in the basket, play perimeter defense, set some picks, make some free throws and not turn the ball over. A lot to change in five days but all this needs to happen or the Titans fall to 0-3 and their confidence will be shot... even more.

Make or break game? We don't think so. It's a long season and it's way too early. The Titans need to look at the next five or six games as a chance to improve heading into conference play. In this game improvement can only be based on a win or a loss. There is no moral victory against a bottom-of-the-barrel WCC team such as Loyola. If they win, they've improved. If they lose, they haven't. The Moral victories will have to wait until next week when the Titans face Baylor and Wyoming on the road.