BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland trailed visiting Boston University by five with 5.8 seconds left in regulation, but a desperation three by Denzel Brito and two Franz Rassman free throws tied the game, and the Greyhounds held off the visiting Terriers, 91-86, for a Patriot League victory Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
Loyola (7-10 overall, 3-3 Patriot League) had the ball with 5.8 seconds remaining, trailing by five after John Papale missed the backend of two free throws for Boston University. Brito made a 3-pointer for the Greyhounds with one second remaining, and Rassman fouled a Terriers' player on the ensuing inbounds pass.
During the deadball situation, the referees went to the courtside monitor to check for a possible flagrant foul away from the ball prior to Brito's three. After a long look at the courtside review monitor, the officiating crew called a flagrant one foul on a Boston University player for striking Rassman in the back of the head.
Rassman made both free throws to tie the game at 74-74, but the Terriers had a chance to reclaim the advantage because Eric Fanning was fouled after Brito's three. Both of Boston University's free throws missed, however, and the game went to overtime.
In the extra period, Boston Univeristy (7-10, 3-3) held a slim lead for the opening minutes as Cedric Hankerson converted six-straight free throws after going 1-of-8 from the line in regulation.
Andre Walker made an acrobatic layup with 1:53 on the clock to put Loyola in front for the first time in the extra session. Both teams misfired on their next possessions, but Cheddi Mosley made two foul shots for Boston University with 70 ticks left, pushing it in front, 83-80.
Laster kicked out a pass from the post on Loyola's offensive end to Brito, and the senior guard nailed a 3-pointer from the right side to give the Greyhounds' a two-point lead, 85-83.
Papale had a good look at a three from the left corner, but it went off the rim and into Laster's hands. Laster was fouled, but he missed both free throws for Loyola, and Boston University had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead with 28.5 seconds left.
Walker came up with a steal in the paint as a pass deflected off the hands of a previously open Terriers player, and Walker was fouled. He made both free throws with 19.4 remaining, and after Gregory blocked a Hankerson layup, Walker converted on two more from the stripe to secure the win.
Gregory led Loyola with 18 points and nine rebounds as six Greyhounds scored in double-figures for the first time since Feb. 2, 2013, in a double-overtime win at Niagara University.
Walker matched his career-high for the second game in a row with 17 points, and he also had four steals. Laster tallied 15 and dished out a career-best seven assists. Rassman had 14, while Tyler Hubbard and Brito chipped in 11 and 10, respectively.
Mosley scored a game-high 23 points for Boston University, and Nathan Dieudonne tallied 11 and a career-high 14 rebounds.
The game featured 17 lead changes and eight ties, but neither team led by more than seven points. The Terriers built a seven-point advantage, 71-64, with only 2:36 remaining in overtime after Papale recorded one of his career-high eight assists to Alston for a basket.
Loyola had a pair of offensive rebound on the next possession, and then Laster made a three with 1:53 left, cutting the gap to four. A Boston University turnover gave possession back to Loyola, and Walker scored in the paint to pull the Greyhounds within a pair, 71-69, but Hankerson scored two of his 18 with 37 ticks left.
Papale put the Terriers up five, 74-69, with 5.8 seconds left before the final succession of fouls and free throws sent the game to overtime.
Free throws played a large role in the game as Loyola made 24-of-34 (75 percent), and the Terriers capitalized on just 22-of-41 (53.7 percent). Walker made all nine of his foul shots, and Rassman converted all six of his.
Loyola's 91 points far exceeded its previous season-high of 76 scored on Nov. 16 against Cornell University.
The Greyhounds continue action in Reitz Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., against Bucknell University in a game that will air nationally on the American Sports Network.