Jan. 21, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. - Two-time MAAC champion Siena ended the game on a 17-4 run while holding the Greyhounds without a field goal to pull away for a 67-61 MAAC home win over Loyola Thursday night at the Times Union Center. The win was the Saints' 10th straight while the Greyhounds lost for the fifth time in six games.
Loyola scored five straight to take a 57-50 lead on a 10-footer by junior guard Brian Rudolph with 7:52 to play, but the Saints took control of the game by scoring eight straight for a 62-60 lead with 3:35 left. Following defensive stops, the Greyhounds made one of two foul shots and then missed the front end of a one-and-one, missing out on a chance to tie or take the lead with 2:11 left.
Defense prevailed again for the next two minutes. After setting up a play for a three-point attempt for Siena's Clarence Jackson, Saints forward Ryan Rossiter corralled the offensive rebound to give Siena a new shot clock. Winding down the clock again, Siena's Edwin Ubiles made a step-back three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining for a 65-61 Saints lead. Loyola rushed the ball up the court and missed on a layup attempt and fouled Alex Franklin on the rebound before he sank a pair from the line to ice the game.
"It was a great effort by my young team," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the effort. "Ubiles made a big shot, but in the end we were down one and didn't get a rebound. We just ran out of gas those last eight minutes."
Playing for the third consecutive game without their top two scorers, Loyola raced out to a 13-4 lead 5:30 into the game as five different players scored. The Greyhounds would not be headed and shot 51.7 percent (15-29) for the half to take a 36-31 lead into the intermission. Sophomores Shane Walker and J'hared Hall each scored 10 points to lead Loyola.
Siena grabbed its first lead of the game 3:31 into the second half, but Loyola responded with a 15-6 run to take the 57-50 lead with 7:52 remaining.
Franklin led all scorers with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. Ubiles finished with 18 points and Rossiter recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Three Greyhounds - Hall, Rudolph and Walker - each scored 13 points with Rudolph handing out seven assists. Senior guard Garrett Kelly, who entered the game with four career points, scored a career-high 11 points, making three three-pointers.
Loyola's three-game road trip concludes Saturday night with a visit to Marist for a 7:30 p.m. start.