Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Ashley Hamilton finished with 21 points and eight rebounds as the Loyola Marymount Lions defeated the Portland Pilots, 65-54, in the opening round of the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena.
Anthony Ireland added 12 points and four assists for LMU (9-22), which will play the No. 5 seed San Francisco in the second round on Thursday.
Kevin Bailey paced the Pilots (12-20) with 20 points, but he was also guilty of eight turnovers. Ryan Nicholas contributed 18 points and nine rebounds for Portland.
Although the Pilots drained 52.6 percent of their field goal attempts and made 8-of-10 at the free-throw line in the first half, the Lions took a 34-30 lead into the intermission. LMU grabbed three more rebounds and committed four less turnovers in the first half, which gave it 11 more field goal tries.
LMU shot an even 50 percent from the floor and limited Portland to 34.8 percent efficiency from the field in the second half to extend its lead by seven and advance.
The Pilots swept the regular season series with LMU.