Jan. 11, 2009
Jersey City, N.J. - Saint Peter's Ryan Bacon made a twisting layup with 3.5 second left for the game-winning basket Sunday afternoon to lead the Peacocks to a 61-59 MAAC home win over Loyola in the Yanitelli Center.
Bacon received the ball on the baseline after the Greyhounds' defense triple-teamed Nick Leon at the top of the key. Leon split a double-team and found Bacon as the Loyola defense collapsed around him. He contorted his body around one defender and banked the ball into the basket. The Greyhounds quickly in-bounded the ball but a desperation three-pointer by sophomore guard Brian Rudolph from beyond half court banked off the backboard and fell to the ground as the final horn sounded.
"It was a good effort by us to come back the way we did," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game. "We need to keep learning and keep pressing. We might have been able to get off one more pass at the end there. We'll keep learning and keep trying to get better."
With 12:21 remaining in the game, Loyola trailed 44-34 following a Leon three-point basket. The Greyhounds then went on a 16-6 run fueled by eight straight points from sophomore guard Jamal Barney and capped a three-pointer from junior guard Brett Harvey to tie the score at 50 with 7:28 left.
Loyola grabbed the lead twice over the next three minutes, the final time on a pair of Barney free throws. After Bacon's tip-in with 1:33 remaining gave the Peacocks a 59-57 lead, freshman forward Anthony Winbush was fouled on an attempted layup and made both free throws to knot the score at 59 with 35.5 ticks left, setting the stage for Bacon's final basket.
Barney scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half with 12 of those coming over the final 10:32 of the contest. Harvey and sophomore forward Isaac Reid evenly split 22 points and Rudolph scored eight points with five assists. Loyola bounced back from 22.2-percent first-half shooting (6-27) to make 57.1 percent (12-21) after the intermission.
Leon led Saint Peter's with 17 points, closely followed by Bacon's 16 to go along with 11 rebounds. Wesley Jenkins added 11 points.
The Greyhounds take a quick respite from conference play to host New Jersey Institute at Reitz Arena on Wednesday night starting at 7 o'clock.