ATHLETICS | Mike Dunlap, head coach of the men’s basketball team, gathered his 400th career NCAA victory as the Lions (13-3, 1-1 WCC) remained undefeated at home this season with the team’s 76-64 win over Portland on Saturday. LMU has one game this upcoming week, a Saturday home contest against St. Mary’s. The game will air locally on Spectrum Sportsnet and will be the team’s Salute to Service game, when active duty and retired members of the U.S. armed forces are eligible to receive one (1) complimentary ticket and up to (4) discounted tickets.
The women’s basketball team started conference play Dec. 29 and has posted a 2-2 record. The Lions sit in the top half of the WCC standings, and have an opportunity to rise with a pair of home games this week. The Lions welcome San Francisco on Thursday and Santa Clara on Saturday to Gersten Pavilion. Saturday’s 1 p.m. game will be the first of the doubleheader that day, with the men’s team hosting the Gaels that evening at 7 p.m.
The LMU swimming team’s 2019 stretch of the season is officially underway with Saturday’s pair of duals in the books. The Lions faced the host UC San Diego Tritons and Cal State Bakersfield. LMU came up short against each opponent, losing to UCSD, 226-60, and falling to CSUB, 241-47. The Lions will next compete on campus for the Lions Cup on Jan. 11 and 12. The two-day meet will feature LMU swimming against Pepperdine and Alaska-Fairbanks at Burns Aquatics Center.
LMU baseball announces the full schedule of events for Jan. 26, when the Lions will host the annual Alumni Game and Casino Night. The events begin at 10:30 a.m. at Page Stadium, as batting practice for the Alumni Game will commence prior to a noon first pitch. Former players, parents and fans are all invited to attend the Alumni Game followed by the seventh annual LMU Baseball Casino Night at the Westin Los Angeles Airport.
Beach volleyball Coach John Mayer has announced the 2019 spring competition schedule for his Lions. LMU will begin play on Feb. 22, host matches on March 16, and bring the WCC Championships to Santa Monica on April 19 and 20.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the eligible candidates for the Class of 2019. The North American Committee Nominations include first-time nominee and LMU Athletics Hall of Famer Rick Adelman. Adelman played for the Lions from 1965-68, and finished his career as the seventh player in program history to hit the 1,000-point milestone. After leading the team in scoring as both a junior and senior, Adelman became the third player in program history to finish a season with an average over 20.0 points per game, which he did as a junior.
The Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame has announced that Loyola Marymount alum Paul Sunderland is being inducted as part of the 2019 Class and will be honored May 5 at Anaheim’s Highway 39 Event Center. Sunderland was a collegiate All-American in volleyball and started playing with the USA National Team shortly thereafter.