Feb. 5, 2008
Lewiston, N.Y. - Niagara's Charron Fisher scored 31 points and Tyrone Lewis added 20 as the Purple Eagles held Loyola without a field goal for the final 9:58 of the game to come back from a nine-point deficit and post an 83-79 MAAC home victory over the Greyhounds Tuesday night at the Gallagher Center.
The win ended a six-game winning streak for Loyola and dropped the Greyhounds to 13-11 on the season, 8-4 in conference play. Niagara improved to 14-7 and matched Loyola at 8-4 in the MAAC.
Loyola held its last lead at 79-78 when senior guard Gerald Brown connected on the second of two free throws for his 30th point of the game with 73 seconds remaining. Fisher gave Niagara the lead for good 12 seconds later with a jumper in the paint and Brown missed a three-pointer with 32 seconds remaining with Fisher grabbing the rebound. He made both free throws to give Niagara an 82-79 advantage and Loyola gained possession. Brown missed again with 14 ticks remaining and Benson Egemonye made one of two free throws to close out the scoring.
The Greyhounds held its biggest lead of the game when freshman guard Brian Rudolph made a three-pointer from the top of the key to cap an eight-point run and give Loyola a 68-59 lead with 9:58 left. Stanley Hodge scored seven points in an 11-2 Niagara stretch to knot the game at 70. Five lead changes and two ties would ensue before Fisher's basket gave Niagara the lead for good.
Loyola held a 39-33 advantage at the intermission as the Greyhounds scored 18 of the final 22 points of the half to erase an eight-point deficit. Brown and junior guard Marquis Sullivan evenly split 24 points to lead Loyola while Lewis' 11 led Niagara.
Fisher added a game-high nine rebounds to his 31 points. Egemonye scored 15 points and registered four blocks while Hodge scored 12. Anthony Nelson handed out nine assists and did not commit a turnover.
Brown reached the 30-point plateau for the fourth time this season and tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds. Rudolph matched the 12 first-half points of Sullivan for the only other double-figure scorers for Loyola. The freshman guard had seven assists and just one turnover. Senior forwards Omari Isreal and Michael Tuck each scored nine points, Isreal tying Brown with seven rebounds.
The Greyhounds finished their four-game road trip with a 3-1 mark and return home for a game Thursday against Saint Peter's. Tip time in Reitz Arena is 7 o'clock. These two teams will play the rematch on Loyola's home court on Sunday afternoon.