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San Francisco 81, Loyola Marymount 74

February 23, 1997

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ M.J. Nodilo scored every point of a 10-0 run linking the first and second half as San Francisco beat Loyola Marymount 81-74 Saturday night, for the Dons’ sixth straight home victory and the Lions’ seventh straight loss.

San Francisco (14-12, 9-5) completed its best West Coast Conference record since re-instituting its basketball program in 1985. Loyola (6-20, 3-11) fell to 1-11 on the road.

Nodilo, who scored the last five points of the first half, scored the first five of the second on a lay-in and 3-pointer to give San Francisco a 45-37 lead.

After Loyola pulled back to within 47-44, San Francisco held the Lions scoreless over five minutes while scoring nine in a row and were up 56-44 after a Mark Nees free throw with 9:47 remaining.

Loyola cut the lead to 69-64 on Tim Kennedy’s 3-pointer with 2:34 to play, but never got any closer. The Dons made 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch to put it away.

Jim Williamson scored a game-high 26 points for Loyola, while Nodilo led the Dons with 22.

A topsy-turvy first half ended with Nodilo scoring five points in the last four seconds to give San Francisco a 40-37 lead.

Nodilo hit two free throws with four seconds showing to tie the game at 37. John Duggan then intercepted the inbounds pass and quickly found Nodilo open for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Nodilo scored 11 points in the half, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Backup center Mark Nees, given a rare start, also responded with 11 points.

Loyola’s Kenny Hotopp led all first-half scorers with 18 points, but fouled out in the game’s final minute to end with 22.

San Francisco finished 11-2 overall at home this season.

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