Saint Mary's takes bad loss to LMU, 75-60

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Saint Mary's takes bad loss to LMU, 75-60

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MORAGA -- Drew Viney scored 17 points, Anthony Ireland had 16 and Loyola Marymount bounced back from one of its most lopsided losses of the season to beat No. 21 Saint Mary's 75-60 on Wednesday night.Jarred Dubois added 15 points and Ashley Hamilton had 11 for the Lions (17-10, 10-4 West Coast Conference), who silenced a capacity crowd at McKeon Pavilion with a huge road win that significantly tightened the conference race.The 10 conference wins are the most by Loyola Marymount since the 1989-90 Bo Kimble-led Lions made it to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

It was the first loss in 17 home games for the first-place Gaels (23-4, 12-2), who saw their lead over No. 24 Gonzaga trimmed to one game.Rob Jones had 25 points and 15 rebounds for Saint Mary's, which lost starting guard Stephen Holt to a right knee injury in the first half.The game was reminiscent of the Gaels' late-season conference loss to unranked San Diego a year ago, which prevented Saint Mary's from clinching the outright conference title.Some also believe it was the pivotal factor in the Gaels not receiving an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament, something that has to weigh on coach Randy Bennett's mind with only three games left on the schedule.Loyola Marymount, on the other hand, is riding high only less than a week after losing to No. 24 Gonzaga by 19 points.The Lions snapped their 11-game losing streak to Saint Mary's with an aggressive, effective defense that kept the Gaels from getting any kind of interior game going and an offense that repeatedly scored off offensive rebounds to keep the overflow crowd silent.Saint Mary's shot just 6 of 28 from 3-point range, including 1 of 13 in the second half.Ireland got the Lions going early but it was Viney, the team's leading scorer, and Hamilton who came up big in the second half. Viney made a 3-pointer to give Loyola Marymount a 52-42 lead with 9:24 left then later put an emphatic stamp on the win with a soaring one-handed dunk from the baseline while Hamilton scored six points in the final 5 1-2 minutes.That helped the Lions improve to 9-3 on the road this season, a big accomplishment for a team that has been beset by injuries to several key players this season.Even when Ireland went to the bench because of foul trouble late in the second half, Loyola Marymount didn't flinch.Saint Mary's could have clinched an automatic spot in the semifinals of the conference tournament by beating Loyola Marymount. Instead it was the Lions who improved their postseason outlook while trimming the Gaels' lead in the WCC to one game over Gonzaga.It was a rough night all around for Bennett's squad.Holt left the game and needed to use crutches after the game while Matthew Dellavedova rolled his ankle and was limping noticeably.Dellavedova finished with 10 points and six assists.The Gaels missed five of their first six shots but came back to take a 13-11 lead on Jones' 3-pointer with 12:25 left that had the standing room only crowd at McKeon Pavilion roaring.Officials called a timeout to review Jones' shot and the brief delay seemed to bother Saint Mary's, which fell back into its offensive funk over the next 6 minutes.Loyola Marymount, which hadn't beaten the Gaels since the semifinals of the WCC tournament in 2006, scored the next 10 points and went ahead 30-20 on Ashley Hamilton's free throw.The conference leader in steals, Holt limped off the court shortly after getting caught in a pile while scrambling for a loose ball and spent the second half on the end of the bench with his right knee wrapped in a thick bag of ice.Without one of its top defenders and the team's third-leading scorer, Saint Mary's struggled to find any consistency on either end of the court.The Gaels made two brief runs in the second half but couldn't get closer than five points.

Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

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Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.

Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

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Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.

The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."

While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.

Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.