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Loyola Marymount Lions
Loyola Marymount Lions
School Name: Loyola Marymount University
Location: Los Angeles, California
Arena: Albert Gersten Pavilion
Capacity: 4,156
Conference: West Coast
Head coach: Max Good

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a comprehensive co-educational private Roman Catholic Jesuit university in Los Angeles, California, USA. The University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education. LMU was created in 1973 by the merger of Marymount College and Loyola University in Los Angeles. Parent school to Loyola Law School located in downtown Los Angeles. Loyola Marymount has often been ranked as having one of the most beautiful college campuses in America.

The Loyola Marymount Lions are the athletic teams that represent Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles. The school competes in NCAA Division I, with its primary affiliation in the West Coast Conference, an organization consisting totally of religiously-affiliated schools.

Although its origin is somewhat clouded, the Lion mascot, known as Iggy the Lion after St. Ignatius of Loyola, S.J., has been synonymous with Loyola Marymount University for more than 70 years. There home arena is Gersten Pavilion.

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One of the most memorable runs in NCAA history was that of the Paul Westhead-led men's basketball programs from 1985-1990. The Lions won two WCC tournament titles, and two regular season titles. As the Lions set the all-time NCAA Division-I record with 122.4 points per game in 1990, it was the people that made the Lions special.

Playing for fallen teammate Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition while playing for the Lions in the WCC tournament in 1990, the Lions did the impossible with a run at the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight and capturing the hearts of the nation.

What Bo Kimble, Hank Gathers, Jeff Fryer and the rest of the up-tempo Lions did for the men's basketball team continued a long-standing tradition of a basketball legacy at LMU. Two Loyola basketball alumni, Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert, have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Newell coached the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team to a gold medal and led California to the 1959 NCAA Championship. Woolpert coached the University of San Francisco to the 1955 and 1956 NCAA Championships and a 60-game win streak, the second longest in college basketball history.

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