SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Johnny Dukes scored a career-high 21 points and had eight rebounds in San Francisco's 76-69 win over Loyola Marymount on Monday night.
Jay Watkins came off the bench to tie his career high with 17 points and Manny Quezada and Alan Wiggins added 14 apiece for the Dons, who moved within one game of second place in the West Coast Conference.
San Francisco (11-15, 7-4 WCC) led by as many as 16 after being held to 29 points in the first half but had to stave off a late charge by the streaking Lions, winners of four of five going in.
Loyola Marymount held the Dons to one basket over the final eight minutes and was within 69-64 with 1:48 remaining before San Francisco made seven free throws over the final 67 seconds to seal the win.
Dukes, averaging just 5.2 points this season, went 9 of 11 from the floor while reaching double figures for just the fifth time this season. The Dons' senior forward, limited to two games in 2006 due to injuries to both feet, easily eclipsed his previous high of 16 points set more than two years ago.
The Lions played without leading scorer and rebounder Matthew Knight, who suffered a concussion diving to the floor early in Saturday's win over San Diego. Knight, who needs 35 points to move into 10th place on Loyola Marymount's career scoring list, also missed two games earlier this season due to a patella strain in his left knee.
San Francisco was also without one of its key players, guard Armondo Surratt, who sat out a second straight game with a knee injury.
The Dons were able to overcome Surratt's absence in their previous game but struggled early offensively against the Lions, missing their first seven shots and falling behind 22-18 late in the first half.
Dukes got San Francisco going with a 3-pointer and a dunk. After Antonio Kellogg's steal in the backcourt, Dukes fed Watkins for another dunk to give the Dons a 25-22 lead with 3:29 left.
The Lions closed out the half with a 7-2 run capped by Damian Martin's one-handed putback from six feet out at the buzzer to give Loyola Marymount a 31-29 lead.
Wiggins scored eight points in the first 4:30 of the second half as San Francisco went on a 14-4 run to regain momentum. Miller's three-point play for the Lions briefly halted the onslaught before Dukes scored five points to spark a 15-4 Dons' run that made it 58-44 with 11:12 remaining.