Jan. 9, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola bounced back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to go up by four after a Brett Harvey 3-pointer with around seven minutes left in the game, but Fairfield hit two pairs of free throws in the final minute to take a 63-60 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win Friday night.
"I thought the second half was great, but we probably lost the game in the first half," Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "I am surprised by the slippage in our effort in the first half."
Down 40-30 at the 15 minute mark, the Greyhounds found the offensive surge they needed from two consecutive corner three's by Jamal Barney.
Barney continued to push points on the Loyola side and helped the Greyhounds take its first lead of the second half after a steal and give-and-go with Brian Rudolph for a one-handed dunk and 51-50 lead.
Now with the momentum, Harvey found an opening behind the 3-point line to push the Greyhounds to go up by four with 7:36 left in the game.
Loyola then sent Fairfield's Jonathon Han to the line, and after making both free throws the Stags found guard Herbie Allen on the next possession in the paint for a two-point jumper, knotting the game at 54-all.
Fairfield's Mike Evanovich scored the next three for the Stags, before Barney found the loose ball for a steal and foul.
Now with 3:39 left in the game, Fairfield's defense sent both Barney and Harvey to the line and gave the Greyhounds the opportunity to make four foul shots and regain the lead at 58-57.
Loyola then found itself down a point after a Han jumper, butFairfield's Anthony Johnson goal-tended on a Anthony Winbush shot and gave the Greyhounds a 60-59 lead with 1:37 to play.
Fairfield was 9-of-12 from the free throw line in the second half and made the last four shots from the line, pulling away with the 63-60 victory.
Harvey led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Barney with 19. Harvey was 5-of-7 from outside the arc.
Winbush finished with a career-high eight points, scoring six of those in the first half.
Greg Nero led the Stags with 15 points followed by 14 from both Johnson and Han.