Down goes No. 6 Gonzaga: Loyola Marymount snaps Zags' 75-game home win streak

SPOKANE - When you play with fire, it's only a matter of time before you're going to get burned. The Gonzaga men’s basketball team let another unranked opponent linger

around late into the second half, but this time, they weren’t able to pull off a Houdini-like escape. Loyola Marymount shocked No. 6 Gonzaga 68-67 on Thursday night on a

short runner off the backboard from Cam Shelton with 11.1 seconds left. After Shelton scored, the Zags called timeout to set up a final shot. But a chaotic final possession

led to a short miss from Drew Timme and a long miss at the buzzer from Julian Strawther. LMU was competitive from start to finish, getting out to a 7-5 lead behind forward

Keli Leaupepe, who finished a layup and nailed an open 3-pointer in the first five minutes. The Zags (16-4, 5-1), who had shot 2-for-8 from the field to begin the game,

responded with seven answered points, capped by a 3-pointer from guard Nolan Hickman to put his team ahead 12-7. Gonzaga appeared to have found a rhythm on offense, but its

production quickly dried up, as All-American forward Drew Timme couldn’t get going. Timme had two points on 1-for-6 shooting in the first half, as he struggled to finish in the

paint against LMU’s big men, including Leaupepe. Hickman and Rasir Bolton supplemented Timme’s usual output, combining for 17 first-half points to keep Gonzaga in front

until halftime. Following the intermission, Timme’s inability to score at his usual rate eventually proved too much to overcome for the Zags, who fell behind 55-47 with

roughly 10 minutes to play.