LOS ANGELES -- Ashley Hamilton scored 19 points to lead five Loyola Marymount players in double figures as the Lions beat Portland State 66-56 on Saturday night.
Marcus Hall scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers for the Vikings (1-4).
Loyola Marymount led 30-29 at intermission, and there were 16 lead changes and six ties before the Lions went on a 9-0 run over a 6:37 stretch in the second half to take control. Blackwell had two jumpers during the run, which gave Loyola Marymount a 51-43 lead with 6:15 remaining, and Portland State got no closer than five the rest of the way.
The Lions used a full-court press that helped force Portland State into 11 turnovers in the second half.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.