Loyola Marymount University, attempting to snap a five-game losing streak in the West Coast Athletic Conference, will make the toughest road trip of its basketball season with games tonight at Gonzaga in Spokane and Saturday at the University of Portland. The Lions, 10-12 overall and 2-7 in the WCAC, are in last place, a game behind Pepperdine, which makes the same trip. Gonzaga is in second place at 6-3 (15-7 overall), two games behind San Diego. Portland, which plays Pepperdine tonight, is in third place at 5-4 (13-9). The Lions are 2-8 on the road.
At stake for Loyola is the probability of playing San Diego in San Diego's snake-pit gym in the first round of the WCAC postseason tournament if the Lions finish last.
Forward Mike Yoest continues to lead the Lions with a 20.5-point average, followed by guard Chris Nikchevich at 13.4, forward Mark Armstrong at 12.5 and guard Enoch Simmons at 10.2. Simmons, recently inserted into the starting lineup, is the only player whose production increases in WCAC play. He's averaging 12.1 points in conference games and 15.8 as a starter. Nikchevich is shooting 45% from three-point range and is averaging 7.6 assists. Armstrong is the leading rebounder at 9.6 per game. The Lions are averaging 85.5 points but only 73.4 in WCAC games.