Jan. 30, 2005
Niagara, N.Y. - David Brooks scored 27 points and knocked down five three-pointers as Niagara squeezed out an 84-73 win over the Greyhounds at the Gallagher Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Greyhounds opened the game with leads of 5-3 and 7-5 with baskets from junior Linton Hinds, and led 9-8 after senior Bernard Allen's fade-away in the game's early minutes. Niagara, however, was red-hot from three-point range and scored 15 of its first 19 points from beyond the arc. The Purple Eagles pulled away with a 7-0 run and held a 21-13 edge five minutes into the contest.
Junior Sean Corrigan cut the deficit to five points with a three-pointer from the top of the arc and junior Charlie Bell made the score 31-27 with a free throw at 7:52. The Greyhounds cut the lead to three points with an Allen free throw at 5:24, making the score 35-32, but Niagara closed the half scoring 12 of the next 19 points and led 47-39 at the break.
Loyola was hot to start the second half and with back-to-back three pointers from James and Allen, the game was tied 47-47. A technical foul on Niagara coach Joe Mihalich at 16:56 allowed Bell to shoot and connect on a pair of free throws, giving the Greyhounds a 49-47 lead.
Bell's jumper from the corner put Loyola up 54-49 with 15:33 left in regulation. Niagara took the lead back with another 7-0 run, but the Greyhounds would not go away quietly and with 9:27 to play, freshman Freddie Stanback nailed a three-pointer from the corner to give Loyola a 63-61 advantage.
Corrigan, who finished the game with four three-pointers, put the Greyhounds on top by one, 66-65 at 8:18 with his fourth triple of the game. Niagara would go back on top for good with a 9-0 run that gave the Purple Eagles a 74-66 lead.
Corrigan finished with a career-high 16 points, Allen added 15 points and four rebounds. The Greyhounds drop to 3-16 on the year and 2-8 in the MAAC, while Niagara improves to 13-6 and 8-3 in the league.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena this Thursday to host Fairfield at 7 p.m.