Feb. 1, 2009
Bridgeport, Conn. - Fairfield's Greg Nero and Yorel Hawkins posted double-doubles and the Stags' defense held Loyola to 28 percent shooting for the game in recording a 68-54 MAAC home victory Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard to end the Greyhounds' six-game winning streak.
Fairfield never trailed in the game and used a 17-8 run over a 10:40 stretch in the first half to snap a 6-6 tie and grab a 23-14 advantage with 5:19 remaining before intermission. Holding a 28-23 lead at halftime, the Stags (14-9, 7-5 MAAC) scored the first six points of the second half for a 34-23 lead with 18:44 to play.
The Greyhounds (11-13, 6-6 MAAC) answered with a 10-2 run of their own to get within 38-35 on a layup by sophomore guard Jamal Barney with 12 minutes remaining. Barney connected on baskets sandwiched around three-pointers by junior guard Brett Harvey and senior guard Marquis Sullivan during the stretch.
But Fairfield would control tempo and hold Loyola to just three field goals for the next 11 minutes as the Stags used layups and free throws to build a 59-46 lead with 1:27 left in the game. Nero scored eight of the points during the run for Fairfield.
The Stags would not make a three-pointer in the game, but made 23 field goals and 22 free throws, including 20 of 24 attempts from the line in the second half. Nero finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds off the bench while Hawkins added 13 points and 12 boards. Starting guards Herbie Allen (12 points) and Lyndon Jordan (10 points) rounded out a quartet of double-figure scorers for Fairfield.
The MAAC's leading scorer, Barney led Loyola with 16 points and sophomore guard Brian Rudolph added 12. Harvey finished with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
A three-game road stretch concluded, the Greyhounds play four of its next six at Reitz Arena, starting with Saturday night's visit from Manhattan. Game time is 7 o'clock.