Depth Lifts Men's Basketball To Canisius Win, Road Sweep

Jan. 29, 2012

Box Score

BUFFALO - Loyola University Maryland held Canisius College scoreless for the final 8-minutes, 2-seconds of the second half and pulled away from the Golden Griffins in the second for a 70-52 victory Sunday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

The victory, coupled with a win Friday night at Niagara University, gave the Greyhounds (16-5 overall, 9-2 MAAC) their first-ever road sweep of the Buffalo-area schools since joining the league in 1989-1990.

"Last night, I went to the Buffalo symphony where they have a great conductor, Joann Falletta, and that is what we talked about before the game," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "I told them that it is the whole orchestra that matters, not just one instrument. Our depth is why we won both games up here.

"Justin Drummond and Anthony Winbush both stepped up, and Jordan Latham played great defense that doesn't necessarily show up in stats. It was a total team effort without us having Dylon Cormier. Dylon was tremendous in the huddle in both games, even though he was only able to play a little bit (because of an injury) against Niagara. He has a future in coaching when he's done playing."

Canisius (4-17, 1-10) generated early Loyola turnovers and took a 22-16 lead on a David Santiago layup with 8:02 on the first half clock.

The points, however, were the last the Golden Griffins would score before halftime, as Loyola went on a 12-0 run to close the half. Drummond and Shane Walker each scored five during the run.

Walker led all players with his first double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also had a season-high five blocked shots, one off his career-best.

Drummond added 14 points off the bench following his 21-points outburst Friday night against Niagara. Erik Etherly scored 15 points and had a game-high five assists following an 18-point game Friday.

During Loyola's first-half run, the Greyhounds forced three turnovers, and the Golden Griffins were 0-of-9 from the field.

Loyola finished the game with 18 assists on 26 made shots, and three players had four or more. Robert Olson and R.J. Williams each dished out four, in addition to Etherly's five.

The Greyhounds took a 28-22 halftime lead, but Chris Manhertz caught an Alshwan Hymes lob to start the second half, pulling Canisius within four just 12 seconds in.

Loyola responded with its second 12-0 run of the game, spurred by Walker and Williams. After a Winbush steal, one of his season-high five, Walker drained a mid-range jumper, and after Canisius' leading scorer, Harold Washington, was whistled for an offensive foul, the Greyhounds had a protracted possession on their end.

Etherly pulled down a third Loyola offensive rebound during the possession and found Williams open for a jumper to put the Greyhounds up eight.

Another Winbush steal came after a Canisius timeout, and Olson fed Williams who drained a three from the top of the perimeter. Walker then hit another jumper, this time off a Williams assist, and Etherly converted a traditional three-point play to put the Greyhounds ahead 40-24 with 15:58 to play.

The Golden Griffins twice cut their deficit to nine and eventually got the margin to eight, 51-43, when Gaby Belardo converted a steal into a fast-break layup with just over nine minutes to play.

Walker passed up a long shot and instead found Drummond cutting to the short-corner for a jumper 22 seconds later, pushing the Greyhounds' advantage back to double digits for good.

Loyola had a 14-rebound advantage in the game, grabbing 43 to Canisius' 27. The Greyhounds had 22 offensive boards, as well.

Hymes led Canisius with 12 points as the only Golden Griffin in double figures. Loyola held Washington, who entered the game averaging 17.2 points per game, to just eight.

The Greyhounds made 13-of-16 from the foul line, led by Etherly's 7-of-8 and Walker's 5-of-6.

They are back in action on Friday, February 3, when they host Rider University at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.