The Saint Louis lost its first game of the season on Tuesday night, as the No. 25 Billikens were upset by the Loyola Marymount Lions.
The Saint Louis Billikens came into Tuesday night's game against the Loyola Marymount Lions riding a six-game winning streak, but the Lions ended their unbeaten season with a 75-68 victory. Saint Louis came into this game ranked No. 25 in the country, the first time since the 1993-1994 season that the Billikens had been ranked in a top-25 poll. They're not going to be returning next week, though, after losing on Tuesday.
Saint Louis had won games against Villanova, Boston College and Oklahoma on their way to the 76 Classic title, but they couldn't get past Loyola Marymount. It's the second time this season that the Lions have upset a ranked opponent, as they defeated then-No. 20 UCLA 69-58 in the team's season-opener.
LaRon Armstrong led the way for the Lions, scoring a career-high 22 points. Anthony Ireland and Jarred DuBois were also key, adding 17 and 16 points, respectively. Saint Louis was led by Cody Ellis, who scored 18 points thanks to nailing four three-pointers. Saint Louis is now 6-1 on the year, and they face Portland on Dec. 3 in their next game. Loyola Marymount moves to 4-2 this season, with a game against the Columbia Lions on Dec. 2 on the docket.