SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego basketball team will begin defense of its West Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship at 7:30 tonight at Loyola Marymount's Albert Gersten Pavilion, where it seems they never really needed to install a 45-second clock.
Loyola, second in the nation in scoring behind Oklahoma, has averaged 118.7 points in six home games this season, all victories. The Lions, who were last a year ago in the conference, are 10-3, the best pre-conference record of any WCAC team.
The reasons for the turnaround are three transfers who traveled crosstown to join Coach Paul Westhead. Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble came from USC, and Corey Gaines from UCLA. They join the conference's leading scorer of a year ago, Mike Yoest, and its leading rebounder, Mark Armstrong.
Gathers is averaging 23.1 points, Gaines 19.2 and Kimble 18.7 off the bench. Yoest is only fourth in scoring this year, at 16.5.