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UCLA upset by Loyola Marymount, 69-58

November 11, 2011 | 10:05 pm

Ucla1_325UCLA, nationally ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2008, was promptly upset by Loyola Marymount, 69-58, in its season opener on Friday night at the Sports Arena.

The Lions made 10 of 15 shots from three-point range against the No. 17-ranked Bruins. Ashley Hamilton scored 23 points and Anthony Ireland added 21 to lead Loyola to its first victory over UCLA in 14 games.

The Wear twins, transfers from North Carolina, accounted for nearly half the Bruins' points; David scoring 13 and Travis finishing with 11.

Reeves Nelson also had 13 points for UCLA, which shot only two of 15 from three-point range. Bruins point guard Lazeric Jones struggled from the field to finish with three points on one-of-12 shooting.

The Lions led for most of the game, including one point at halftime, despite playing without starting forward Drew Viney and coasted to the victory by maintaining a double-digit lead down the stretch.

Loyola opened its first double-digit lead, 53-42, on two free throws by Hamilton that capped a 12-0 run.


UCLA makes a return to the Sports Arena

A bigger Pauley Pavilion coming in 2012

-- Dan Loumena

Wire services contributed to this report.

Photo: Loyola's Ashley Hamilton scores inside against UCLA during a season opener on Friday night at the Sports Arena. Stephen Dunn / Getty Images