Jan. 17, 2010
Jersey City, N.J. - Saint Peter's held Loyola to four second-half field goals and Nick Leon scored half of his game-high 20 points during an 18-1 run to start the second half as the Peacocks battled their way to a 48-43 MAAC home win Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center.
After Loyola led 21-14 at halftime, Saint Peter's scored 18 of the game's next 19 points over the first 9:12 of the second half to take a 32-22 lead with 10:48 remaining as Leon ended the stretch with a pair of free throws.
The Greyhounds would battle back mostly at the foul line and pulled within one at 40-39 on two free throws from junior guard Brian Rudolph with 1:48 left. The Peacocks raced the ball up the court to break the press and Jeron Belin converted a three-point play for a four-point lead six seconds later.
Twice Loyola cut its deficit to two and had a chance to tie the game, but a shot attempt by sophomore forward Shane Walker was blocked by Darius Conley, who grabbed the errant shot and was fouled with 34.7 ticks remaining. He made one of two at the stripe for a 46-43 Peacocks lead and the Greyhounds again had a chance to tie. But Rudolph's shot was blocked and Saint Peter's got the ball in Leon's hands and he calmly sank two foul shots after being fouled with 16.5 seconds remaining to ice the game.
"I thought we got a little out-toughed today," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the loss. "I would have thought with the momentum we had from Friday's win, we would have played hard enough to get a tough road win in a difficult place to play. But they were just a little tougher and they gutted out the win."
The Greyhounds again played without its top two scorers and third-leading scorer Anthony Winbush was limited to just 11 minutes as he continued to be bothered with an injury that kept him out of Friday night's win over Marist.
Loyola turned to its defense and rebounding to grind out the seven-point halftime lead. The Greyhounds held Saint Peter's to just six field goals and outrebounded the Peacocks, 16-11. Loyola scored the game's first seven points, forcing a Saint Peter's timeout 3:47 into the contest. The Peacocks scored six straight to take their only lead of the half at 12-11 with 6:15 remaining, but the Greyhounds responded with a 10-2 run to end the half.
Leon was Saint Peter's only double-figure scorer, but got 12 rebounds from Ryan Bacon. The Peacocks also reversed the rebounding numbers, grabbing 13 more second-half boards to end the game with a 40-32 advantage. Saint Peter's also benefitted from a sizeable 14-2 discrepancy in fast break points.
Despite shooting 15.4 percent (4-26) in the second half and 25.0 percent for the game (12-48), the Greyhounds largely remained in the contest with their free-throw shooting. Loyola made 17 of 19 from the charity stripe for the game (.895) and 13 of 14 after intermission (.929). Walker led the Greyhounds with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds and freshman guard Robert Olson chipped in 10. Senior forward Jawaan Wright equaled the team-best in rebounds with seven and added four blocked shots.
Loyola continues a stretch of three road games over seven days Thursday when it visits Siena at 7 o'clock. The Greyhounds wrap the week with a contest at Marist on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.