Jan. 8, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Rider sophomore Terrance Mouton connected on three three-point baskets inside the final two minutes of Saturday's game at Reitz Arena to rally the Broncs past Loyola 75-71. The Greyhounds controlled for the first 36 minutes and built a 12-point with 3:36 remaining, but Mouton's hot-hand spoiled Loyola's first win streak in four years.
"This was a crushing defeat," says freshman Brad Farrell. "After a big win over VMI on Wednesday night, we really thought we had another win the bag. We helped out too much in the post and left Mouton open. I gave up two wide-open three-point baskets myself and you can't do that and still win."
Loyola got off to a good start and held a 28-21 lead on senior Bernard Allen's lay-in with five minutes to go in the first half. Rider cut the lead to three, but baskets by Farrell and junior Charlie Bell had the `Hounds up 33-28 at the half.
Senior Jim Chivers set the tone early in the second half with a power dunk to extend Loyola's cushion to eight points. The Greyhounds upped their lead to 10 points with a great shooting day (55 percent for the game) and earned their biggest lead of the game at 3:36 when junior Linton Hinds drove the lane and gave Loyola a 65-53 advantage.
Mouton's first three came at 1:51 and it cut Loyola's lead to four points. His second three-pointer pulled Rider within one and his third triple, with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, gave the Broncs a 69-68 lead.
"We were playing good, having fun, up by 12 points," says Allen. "The next thing I know, I look up at the scoreboard and we're trailing. That hurts."
Rider's Jerry Johnson drove a dagger in Loyola's heart when he drove the lane and completed an old-fashion three-point play to put Rider up 72-68 with 27 seconds left in regulation. The Greyhounds, however, would not fold and battled back.
After another dunk from Chivers to pull Loyola within two points, the Greyhounds forced a Rider turnover and forced the Broncs to call a timeout they didn't have. Freshman Freddie Stanback made one of his two technical foul shots to make the score 72-71 with 11 ticks on the clock.
After a pair of successful free throws from Mouton, Loyola went for the tie with sophomore Shane James stepping back and firing a three-pointer. His shot rattled in and out and Rider held on to stay perfect in the MAAC this season.
Farrell and Hinds each finished with 13 points for the `Hounds. James added 10 and Allen pulled downs a team-high eight rebounds. Loyola is now 1-2 in the MAAC and 2-10 on the year. Rider, behind Mouton's 20 points, improves to 7-5 overall and leads the MAAC with a 4-0 mark.
Loyola returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts MAAC foe Marist at Reitz Arena. Game times is slated for 7 p.m.