EASTON, Pa. - Tyler Hubbard scored 11-straight Loyola University Maryland points late in the second half, but host Lafayette College held off the Greyhounds charge for a 69-65 Patriot League victory Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center.
Hubbard had six points in the game's first 33 minutes, but he finished with 17 points for Loyola (6-10 overall, 2-3 Patriot League).
Lafayette (11-5, 3-2) took a 61-50 lead with 6:35 to play in regulation on a Joey Ptasinski basket, but Hubbard hit two unanswered 3-pointers to cut the Greyhounds deficit to five at 4:59.
Dan Trist responded for the Leopards with a basket at 4:39, but 18 seconds later Hubbard struck for his fifth 3-pointer of the game, tying his career-high. Trist, however, scored at 7:36 to push Lafayette in front, 65-61.
On Loyola's next possession, Hubbard drove and released a floater that went in before he was called for a player-control foul at 3:16. The basket counted, but Trist made two free throws at the other end for Lafayette making the Leopards' lead 67-63.
Loyola held Lafayette scoreless for nearly three minutes from that point, but its only points in the last three came on two Denzel Brito free throws at 1:28, cutting the Leopards' advantage to a pair.
The Greyhounds held on Lafayette's next possession, but Brito missed a 15-foot jumper with under 20 seconds left. Lafayette pulled down the rebound, and Ptasinski was fouled with 16.4 seconds left. He hit both foul shots to extend the Lafayette lead to the final distance of four.
Ptasinski and Trist both scored 13 for the Leopards, and Seth Hinrichs tallied a game-best 22 before fouling out with less than two minutes remaining.
Andre Walker matched Hubbard's team-high 17 points, tying his career-best in the process. Cam Gregory had a game-high 12 rebounds, tying his career-high, as Loyola had a 37-31 advantage on the boards.
The lead changed hands 16 times in the first half, and the Greyhounds went up, 23-21, on a traditional 3-point play by Gregory, but Hinrichs scored nine in a row for Lafayette, all on threes, to put them in front 30-29 with 4:03 left in the half.
Walker scored six-consecutive Loyola points, however, and then Franz Rassman put Loyola up 35-34 with a bucket 57 seconds before the break. Matt Klinewski converted a basket and free throw after beind fouled at 29.4, and then Brito scored on a layup with 7.1 left in the frist half, sending the teams to the locker rooms tied at 37-37.
Loyola scored the first five points of the second half on a Rassman turnaround and Hubbard three, but a Lafayette 11-2 run put the Leopards in front for good.
Eric Laster added 13 points for Loyola, all in the first half. Defensively, the Greyhounds held Lafayette to 42.4 percent from the field, its second-lowest field goal percentage this season.
Loyola is back at home on Sunday, Jan. 18, for a 1 p.m. tip-off against Boston University.