Jan. 27, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Saint Peter's erased a nine-point Loyola lead and posted 51 second-half points en route to an 86-66 win over the Greyhounds at Reitz Arena on Thursday night. Keydren Clark, the nation's leading scorer, paced the Peacocks with 20 points and 10 rebounds while junior Linton Hinds matched career-highs in points (18) and assists (4) in the loss.
Sophomore Shane James got Loyola rolling early and with back-to-back buckets where he was also fouled, the Greyhounds led 9-5. Saint Peter's responded with a 7-0 run, but Loyola answered with a run of its own that would give the `Hounds their biggest advantage of the night.
Hinds sparked the run with a breakaway dunk and then found freshman Brad Farrell with a nice interior pass to put the Greyhounds up 22-15. Senior Bernard Allen made it 24-15 at 8:29, scoring down low off a feed from junior Charlie Bell.
"We were in a good position to really pull away," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "We're up nine and start missing free throws and turning the ball over. You can't do that and expect to win in this league."
The Greyhounds would go four minutes without a field goal, but still led 26-20 when Hinds scored on a drive to the hoop. Clark, who was held scoreless for the game's first 16 minutes, got rolling with an NBA-range three with four minutes to go in the first half and closed the period with a buzzer-beating leaner that put the Peacocks up 35-34.
The second half began with a Freddie Stanback bucket and a Loyola advantage. The Peacocks would pull away; however, with a 13-2 run and 59 percent shooting from the floor. The Greyhounds battled back with a 7-0 run of their own, and with James' three-pointer at 8:40, the score was 64-56.
The Peacocks stopped the run by scoring 15 of the next 18 points and would hold that 20-point edge the rest of the way out. Terrance Watkins added 20 points and five assists for Saint Peter's, James finished with 13 points for Loyola.
"Our guys are playing hard," says Patsos. "They're giving me all they have, and yes, we're getting better. Hopefully we'll be playing at the top of our game at the MAAC Tournament in March."
Loyola falls to 3-15 overall and 2-7 in the MAAC. The Peacocks are now 8-10 on the year and 3-6 in the conference. The Greyhounds head to Niagara this Saturday for a 3 p.m. game with the Purple Eagles.