Jan. 14, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Seven-foot junior Sean Corrigan calmly stepped back and nailed a three-point basket with 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation to give Loyola a 70-68 win over Canisius on Friday night at Reitz Arena. Corrigan, who was also fouled on the play, only finished with three-points, but the three biggest points of the night.
"I've never hit a game-winning three-point basket," says Corrigan. "It feels like I've just won the lottery."
Corrigan's three was set up by a balanced scoring attack where four Greyhounds reached double figures. Junior Linton Hinds led all scorers with 15 points, freshman Brad Farrell scored 11 while both Shane James and Charlie Bell finished with 10 points in the win.
"We had a lot of guys play good," says Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "Everybody contributed."
Freshman Greg Manning, who finished 3-of-4 from the field, made his first three shots, including a three-pointer at 11:11 of the first half to give Loyola an early 16-15 lead. James extended the margin to four points with a steal and a bucket at 7:36 and Bell gave Loyola its biggest lead of the half, 39-32 with 32 seconds left in the period.
In the second half, Hinds sparked and early Loyola run with a steal, bucket and foul to give the Greyhounds a 45-39 lead. Hinds then stole the inbounds pass and hit a jumper to push the lead to eight points. Farrell gave Loyola its biggest lead of the night (10 points) when he converted a steal into a pair of free throws at 13:39.
The Golden Griffins, however, battled back and took the lead at 5:07 with a lay-up from Anthony Byrd. Canisius was beginning to pull away and led 66-61 when freshman Freddie Stanback his a three-pointer at 1:30. Kevin Downey put the Griffs back up by four with two free throws at 33.4, but Hinds answered with a jumper from the corner only eight seconds later.
Dewitt Doss, who was last year's hero at Reitz Arena with a coast-to-coast game winner inside the final five seconds of play, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw to give the Greyhounds the ball and Corrigan the opportunity to shine.
Corrigan finished the game with three points and two rebounds in four minutes of action. Stanback led the Greyhounds with nine rebounds.
Loyola improves to 3-11 overall and is now tied with Canisius at 2-3 in the MAAC. The Golden Griffins have their three-game win streak snapped and are 5-10 overall. Both teams will play at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Monday. Loyola faces Rider in game one of the televised doubleheader. Canisus plays Siena at 6 p.m.