Jan. 18, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Shane James led Loyola with 17 points and nine rebounds, but it was DeWitt Doss who scored the game winner on a coast-to-coast drive with 4.9 seconds remaining to give Canisius a 66-64 win over the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
A very closely contested first half saw 12 lead changes and three ties. Freshman Michael Tuck scored seven of Loyola's first nine points, giving the 'Hounds an early 9-8 lead. Sophomore Charlie Bell, who played on a sore ankle, extended the lead to five points with his three-pointer midway through the period.
The Golden Griffins took a 29-26 lead with a two minutes remaining in the first half, but back-to-back buckets by freshman Jamaal Dixon gave Loyola a lead it would take into the lockeroom.
"We went to the basket well and didn't have to depend on the three-point shot today," says Loyola Head Coach Scott Hicks. "Unfortunately, we lost another player when [Michael] Tuck went down with an ankle sprain right before the half."
The Greyhounds competed with seven healthy players in the second stanza and only seemed to get stronger as they increased their 34-32 halftime lead. James, who was 4-for-4 from three-point range, hit a three to give the Greyhounds a 42-36 lead only five minutes into the second period. He followed that with a tough lay-up, increasing the lead to eight points.
"Shane [James] plays at a very high of level of maturity," says Hicks. "He made a lot of plays for us today. I think he's the best freshman in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference."
James was getting plenty of help from Bernard Allen, who gave the 'Hounds their biggest lead of the day (51-40) with a jumper at 12:14 . Canisius answered with a 6-1 run, but James came right back with a three-point bucket to keep Loyola on top.
The Golden Griffins made several runs, but the Greyhounds held them off until one final 13-2 run to finally give Canisius the lead.
With Loyola down by one, Canisius' Darnell Wilson was called with an over-the-back penalty with 11.3 seconds remaining, putting James at the free-throw line. The freshmen guard calmly knocked down both shots to give the 'Hounds a 64-63 lead.
The Golden Griffins went to Doss and he did the rest, driving to hoop to get the score and the foul to put Canisius up for one final time. Doss finished the game with 13 points, Kevin Downey scored a team-high 17 for the Griffs.
Allen finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Loyola, Tuck scored all seven of his points early before leaving the game at halftime.
The Greyhounds, 0-7 in MAAC play this season, head to Manhattan this Friday for a 7 p.m. game with the first-place Jaspers.