Loyola Marymount University will be looking to extend its four-game winning streak and maintain its tie for first place in the West coast Athletic Conference when it plays host to the universities of Santa Clara and San Francisco on Friday and Saturday. The Santa Clara game begins at 7:30 p.m. The USF game begins at 8 p.m. after ceremonies honoring the first inductees in Loyola's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Lions, 10-6 overall and 2-0 in the WCAC, will also be looking to win their first game against USF since 1971. Of course, this isn't the same USF powerhouse as in the past. The Dons are playing their first season under Coach Jim Brovelli since dropping the sport for three years ago after several scandals involving athletes. Loyola last beat Santa Clara in 1981. The Dons are 6-10 overall, 1-1 in the WCAC. Santa Clara has an identical record. Loyola is tied with Pepperdine for the WCAC lead.
The Lions' high-scoring duo of Keith Smith and Forrest Walton-McKenzie rank 1-2 in the conference in scoring with averages of 24.8 and 19.9. Smith is now within seven points of McKenzie in career scoring, so the record, which had stood for 15 years, could go back and forth weekly. Sophomore Mark Armstrong continues to lead the WCAC in rebounding at 9.2 per game. McKenzie is second at 7.9. Smith leads in assists with an average of 6.3.