Pomare leads San Diego over LMU in WCC tourney
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Gyno Pomare scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 5 seed San Diego over eight-seeded Loyola Marymount 62-56 in the first round of the West Coast Conference tournament Friday night.
Roberto Mafra added a career high 14 points and six rebounds for San Diego (16-15), which plays No. 4 seed Santa Clara in the second round on Saturday night.
Loyola Marymount (3-28) was outrebounded 38-16 as it set a school record for losses in a season. The previous high was 26 during the 1999-00 season.
Kevin Young scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half to lead the Lions to a 31-28 halftime lead. The Toreros took the lead permanently at 40-38 when Chris Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 14:11 left, sparking a 14-3 run.
Jarred DuBois added 18 points for the Lions, who were 13-of-28 from the free throw line.
NOTES: San Diego coach Bill Grier announced that sophomore guard Trumaine Johnson will not return to the team and will transfer at the end of the semester. He averaged 11.6 points in 14 games. … The teams split their two regular-season games with both winning at home.