Loyola Marymount found the winning combination Saturday, getting 48 points from Terrell Lowery and pushing the pace to beat Idaho State, 114-110, in the consolation game of the Freedom Bowl Classic at UC Irvine.
Lowery's point total set a tournament and Bren Center record, but the Lions got big plays from several players down the stretch to improve to 2-3 after Idaho State (1-3) erased a 13-point second-half deficit and took a two-point lead with 4:27 to play.
With the Bengals leading, 106-104, Lowery answered with his seventh three-point basket. The lead seesawed until Christian Scott converted a tough inside shot and added a free throw to give the Lions the lead for good at 112-110 with 2:07 left.
In the final minute Loyola milked the clock and Brian McCloskey, who had 16 points, put the game away by hitting a jump shot with 35 seconds to play. Scott blocked the Bengals' last two shot attempts.