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Dower pushes Gonzaga past LMU, 82-72

Dower pushes Gonzaga past LMU, 82-72
Gonzaga guard Drew Barham, left, and Loyola Marymount guard Evan Payne battle for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sam Dower scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, leading Gonzaga to an 82-72 win at Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Gonzaga (16-3, 6-1 West Coast Conference) stifled a second half comeback attempt from LMU (10-10, 2-6) with a 13-2 run midway through the half to pull away.

LMU erased a 42-33 halftime deficit and took a brief lead at 52-50 on Evan Payne's bucket with 14:11 left. But Gonzaga regained the lead and stretched its advantage to as many as 13 with 6:29 left. The Lions were unable to cut the deficit to fewer than seven points in the game's last 5 minutes.

Dower's performance sent him over the 1,000 career points mark at Gonzaga. Drew Barham added 16 points and Gerard Coleman had 11. Kyle Dranginis also chipped in 9 points.

Payne scored 19 to lead LMU. C.J. Blackwell and Anthony Ireland had 13 points apiece and Ireland added nine assists.
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