Blackbirds Edge Men’s Basketball Late

BROOKLYN – Andrew Kostecka hit a three from the top left of the perimeter with just under two minutes to play, tying the game at 59-59, but Long Island University Brooklyn made six free throws thereafter, and the Blackbirds outlasted Loyola University Maryland for a 65-61 victory at Barclays Center.

A Jarred Jones jumper with 2:34 left in regulation, making it a one-possession game, and after a Kostecka steal on the defensive end for Loyola (1-2 overall), James Fives pulled down an offensve rebound off a Greyhounds miss.

With less than 12 on the shot clock, Kostecka caught a Fives pass and hit his only three of the game, knotting the score at 59-59 with 1:58 remaining.

The Blackbirds (2-0), however, came back and Jashaun Agosto drew a foul. He made both free throws to put LIU Brooklyn up by two. Andre Walker  missed a shot for Loyola in traffic on its possession, and Agosto was again fouled with just over a minute left on the clock, and his two foul shots gave the Blackbirds a four-point advantage.

Jones drew contact in the paint and made two free throws for Loyola with 42.8 ticks left on the clock, and the Greyhounds were within a pair, 63-61.

Agosto misfired on a shot with less than 15 seconds to play, and Kostecka came away with the rebound. The outlet pass went to Jones, but his transition layup attempt was off, and Iverson Fleming pulled down the board. He was fouled and hit two free throws to seal the win for LIU Brooklyn.

Walker led all players with 21 points, matching his season-high, for Loyola, and he also had a team-high six rebounds. Jones and Fives each tallied 13 points, and Fives’ total matched his career-high from Monday night’s contest.

Loyola led by as many as five in the first half and had a 27-26 lead at the break of a game that saw the teams whistled for 54 total fouls. The Greyhounds made 26-of-33 at the free-throw line as Walker was 12-of-13 and Fives connected on 9-of-12.

Fleming and Jerome Frink led LIU Brooklyn with 16 points each, and Agosto had 12.

The Greyhounds continue their road trip on Friday, Nov. 18, when they play at the University of Notre Dame at 7 p.m.