Struggling to a 1-15 conference record is normally not something people are proud to declare.
None of that seems to matter to Loyola Marymount mens’ basketball team in their surprising showing in the West Coast Conference tournament this week in Las Vegas.
A couple of former westside high school players are contributing to the Lions miracle run out in the desert as they battle for an NCAA berth.
Windward School guard Nick Stover scored 11 points yesterday and his fellow teammate from Pacific Hills junior forward Alex Osborne grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in a 60-58 win over Santa Clara. This comes after LMU (11-22) had already posted upset victories over Portland and San Francisco.
The duo will need more of that kind of play as they are set to take on Gonzaga (29-2), the No. 1 team in the nation, tonight in the WCC tournament semifinals.
Stover, a freshman forward, is scoring 3.5 points per game on the year, while Osborne is averaging 5.2 points and just under five rebounds a game.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.