GB forward Ashley Hamilton leads the pack of Brit ballers in the NCAA as he drops 23 on UCLA.

The 6′ 7″ Londoner’s efforts saw Loyola Marymount taking a shock opening-day victory over UCLA on Friday. His top-scoring performance came on on 8-15 shooting, and showed a new dimension to his game by making two three-pointers. The threes came on back-to-back possessions and helped hold off a late UCLA run to give the Lions a 69-58 victory.

The Bruins are ranked 17th in the nation and were heavy favourites against an LMU side who have not made the NCAA Tournament for over 20 years.

Hamilton also led the Lions in scoring on Sunday as they lost to Middle Tennessee State. The 6-7 forward had 15 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Elsewhere in the NCAA, Andrew Lawrence had 16 points in Charleston’s victory over Holy Cross. The GB guard was typically accurate from the outside, hitting three of four three-point attempts, but he also showed a more aggressive side to his play, getting to the line 11 times.

Shane Walker’s 12 points and nine rebounds weren’t enough as his Loyola Maryland team went down to Wake Forest, 75-63. Walker also had two blocks, but turned the ball over four times.

Grant Fiorentinos was the most impressive of the British freshmen, starting in his first college game and contributing seven points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

Will Neighbour got his NCAA career off to a solid start, scoring 13 points against Tulsa and following that up with a seven-point effort against Northwestern State.

GB guard Alex Marcotullio played 16 minutes off the bench for Northwestern on Sunday, recording five points and three assists.

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