LOS ANGELES – Evan Payne scored a career-high 28 points to lead Loyola Marymount to an 82-60 win over lower-division San Diego Christian on Sunday.
Loyola Marymount (2-2) opened with a 10-2 burst that included three buckets from Payne to build a lead it never surrendered and took a 34-20 advantage into the break. Patson Siame contributed 16 points and Ayodeji Egbeyemi added 13 for the Lions, who shot 52.5 percent from the floor and were 7 of 16 from beyond the arc.
San Diego Christian, a NAIA school, trimmed the deficit below double figures with a 10-1 run that includes 3s from Rafael Rodriguez and Deion Davis to make it 51-44 with 10:05 to go. But LMU responded with a 15-1 run fueled mostly by Egbeyemi and Marin Mornar to build a comfortable 20-point margin it would pad down the stretch.
Daniel Nielsen led the Hawks with 16 points.