The Lions burst onto the national basketball scene in the late 1980s under coach Paul Westhead . His teams led Division I in scoring in 1988 ( points per game), 1989 () and 1990 ().  LMU's point per game in 1990 was still a record as of October 2010.  As of October 2010, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined scoring games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Westhead's career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989.