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LMU’s Bo Kimble Honored at Conference Tournament, But Men’s and Women’s Teams Fall

Bo Kimble became the second Loyola Marymount University basketball player inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor on Saturday during the WCC basketball tournament in Las Vegas. Kimble joined his teammate and close friend the late Hank Gathers on the roster of honorees.

“This honor definitely ranks high for me,” Kimble told a radio audience after the ceremony. “I look back at that moment, and it was a special team, a special coach and a special moment in time.”

The much-improved LMU Lions of 2009-10 advanced to the semifinal game by beating Pepperdine University and the University of San Francisco before losing Saturday to top-seeded Gonzaga University, 77-62. The LMU women’s basketball team fell in their quarterfinal game to Pepperdine, 60-51.

Kimble was an integral part of a historic Loyola Marymount offense that still owns the five highest single-game scoring totals in NCAA history, including the record-setting 181-point effort against U.S. International. Kimble led the 1989-90 Lions to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament before the team lost t to eventual champion Nevada Las Vegas. He turned in one of the most prolific statistical seasons in WCC and NCAA history in 1989-90 by leading the nation in scoring with 35.3 points per game and being named WCC Player of the Year. 

In addition to Kimble, the WCC’s second class of inductees included basketball player Jeff Brown of Gonzaga, baseball player  Gail Hopkins of Pepperdine, Joe Etzel, former University of Portland athletic director, basketball player Anja Suomalainen of Saint Mary’s College, tennis player Zuzana Lesenarova of the University of San Diego, football player Bob St. Clair of the University of San Francisco, and soccer player Brandi Chastain of Santa Clara University.

Kimble is now an executive board member of Forty-four for Life, a nonprofit organization in the Philadelphia area that works to reduce the incidence of death and illness due to heart disease through educational programs, training in CPR and the use of defibrillators.

Posted March 8, 2010