BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An Andre Walker 3-pointer with 47.5 seconds left drew Loyola University Maryland within two points, but host Lehigh University made all six of its free throws in the final 20 seconds of regulation to pull out a 71-66 Patriot League victory.
The Mountain Hawks (7-14 overall, 5-5 Patriot League) led 62-56 with 4:02 to play after a Kyle Leufroy runner, but Eric Laster knocked down a three for the Greyhounds at 2:52, and Loyola (7-15, 6-5) was within three.
Kahron Ross responded for Lehigh with a stepback 20-footer at 2:30, stretching its lead to five, 64-59. Tim Kempton then scored inside at 1:51 to push Lehigh up seven, but Laster got an offensive rebound and scored 18 seconds later to draw the Greyhounds back within five, 66-61.
Loyola got a stop on its defensive end, and Walker came off a high screen to knock down a three with 47.5 to play, pulling Loyola within a pair, 66-64.
Ross made two free throws with 19.5 on the clock to extend the advantage back to five for the Mountain Hawks before Jarred Jones scored on a putback with 10.8 on the clock, making it a two-point game again.
Loyola fouled Ross on the inbound play, and he made two free throws. Walker had a three with under five seconds left rim out, and Leufroy grabbed the rebound, drew a foul and hit the final two points from the charity stripe.
Lehigh led by as many as 13, 23-10, in the first half, but Loyola cut its deficit to eight at halftime, 34-26.
Lehigh, however, did not allow the Greyhounds to recapture the lead, scoring the next four points.
Four Loyola players scored in double-figures, but no player had more than 12. Jones led the Greyhounds with a dozen, followed by Laster with 11. Walker and Gregory each had 10 points, and Gregory tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds.
Leufroy paced all scorers with 20 points, while Ross had 16. Loyola held Lehigh’s leading scorer, Tim Kempton, to nine in 37 minutes, more than eight points below his season average.
The Greyhounds wrap up their two-game road swing on Saturday, Feb. 6, when they take on the U.S. Military Academy at 1 p.m. in West Point, New York.