LOS ANGELES -- Ryan Nicholas had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead Portland over Loyola Marymount 68-64 Saturday night.
Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount with 22 points and four rebounds.
Kevin Bailey scored 14 points for Portland, returning to the lineup after surgery on a broken nose. Thomas van der Mars had 11 points, and Derrick Rodgers had 10 points and nine assists for Portland (8-10, 1-2, West Coast).
Loyola Marymount led 31-21 at halftime. Portland shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, while the Lions shot 37.7 percent. Portland won the boards 43-19, but the Lions did a better job of protecting the ball with only five turnovers. The Lions made 20 points off Portland's 17 turnovers.
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