SPOKANE - The nation's longest home win-streak in college basketball came to an end Thursday night when the Loyola Marymount Lions upset the Gonzaga Bulldogs in Spokane 68-67.
The loss snapped a 75-game win streak at the McCarthey Athletic Center for Head Coach Mark Few and the Gonzaga Bulldogs dating back to the 2017-18 season.
As the saying goes, if you play with fire, eventually you are going to get burned. That's exactly what happened with the Bulldogs, who had found themselves in some nail-biting finishes against West Coast Conference opponents over the past two weeks. In three of their previous four contests leading up to Thursday, Gonzaga got scares from BYU (75-74), Santa Clara (81-76) and San Francisco (77-75), who all were within two baskets of taking down the Zags. All had the lead or had a chance to take the lead late.
In a similar spot Thursday night, the Loyola Marymount Lions were able to get the job done. Trailing 67-66, Lion guard Cam Shelton drove the lane and banked home the eventual game-winning shot with under 15 seconds remaining to give Loyola Marymount the late lead.
On the game's final possession, Gonzaga would get two looks at basket, but neither Drew Timme or Julian Strawther could connect before the final buzzer.
Offensively, Gonzaga struggled from the field, making just 44.4% of their shots (24-54). Timme led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points.
Meanwhile for the Lions, Shelton finished with a game-high 27 points on 11-23 shooting, including the aforementioned game-winner. Shelton also added 9 rebounds.
Gonzaga will have to quickly shake off the loss as they hit the road to take on the Pacific Tigers (10-10) on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.