Feb. 5, 2014
BALTIMORE - Tyler Hubbard scored a career-high 20 points, and Loyola University Maryland made 8-of-10 free throws in the game's final minute to secure a 62-57 Patriot League victory over American University on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.
American (14-8 overall, 10-1 Patriot League), which was receiving a vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, had not lost a conference game this season and was winner of 11-straight games.
The Greyhounds (10-12, 5-6) were playing without their top scorer in the game. Senior guard Dylon Cormier (21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game) was leading the Patriot League in scoring before suffering a hand injury on Saturday in a game against the U.S. Military Academy that necessitated surgery today.
Hubbard's 20 points came as he was 6-of-7 from 3-point range, and he hit two free throws with 25 seconds left when the Eagles had pulled within a pair.
The Greyhounds led by five on four occasions in the first half, and while American never took the lead, they kept the game within two possessions for the first 17-plus minutes.
A Marko Vasic three, however, with 2:07 left before the break gave American its first lead of the game, 25-24.
Hubbard responded in kind, hitting his third of the first half from behind the arc, and Loyola took a 27-25 lead into the locker room.
American came out firing in the second half, scoring the frame's first 10 points, two on Jesse Reed threes. The second by Reed pushed American ahead by eight, 35-27, with 16:52 to play.
Loyola had a turnover and missed shot on its next two possessions, but it also held American scoreless after Reed's three. Jarred Jones had a steal in the paint for the Greyhounds that led to R.J. Williams finding Hubbard for another three that cut the deficit to five.
Tony Wroblicky got the Eagles' advantage back to seven with a basket, but a jumper and dunk by Latham put Loyola within three, 37-34, with 13:09 to play. Another Wroblicky layup at 12:40 made it a two-possession game, but Hubbard answered with another three at 12:22, and the Greyhounds were within two, 39-37.
Two Latham free throws at 11:21 tied the score before a transition three by Hubbard ignited the crowd and put Loyola in front, 42-39, with 10:50 left in regulation.
American would go bavk up twice, but after the second time, two Rassman free throws with 5:36 to paly tied the score.
Eric Laster then had a steal on the defense end for Loyola, and Williams found him on the top right of the perimeter for a three at 4:37 that put Loyola in front, 49-46. Darius Gardner, however, came around a screen for American and made a three of his own, tying the game for the eighth time.
On the ensuing possession, Latham dumped a passinto Rassman underneath the basket, and Rassman made an up-and-under move to give Loyola a 51-49 lead.
Loyola forced a turnover on the defensive end, and Williams made 1-of-2 at the line to put the Greyhounds up three.
A missed three by Vasic resulted in Loyola drawing a foul on the rebound, and after the Greyhounds had a shot-clock violation, Williams stripped Gardner of his dribble, and the junior guard raced to the basket for a layup that made it a 54-49 Loyola lead with 1:24 left.
From that point, American drew within two twice, but Loyola hit eight of its final 10 free throws to seal the win, including two by Denzel Brito with five seconds left.
Brito and Williams each had four assists, and Williams grabbed four rebounds. Jones recorded four of Loyola's 11 steals, and Williams had three.
Gardner led American with 19 points, making 7-of-8 shots and 5-of-5 from 3-point range. Reed added 16, and Wroblicky had 11.
The Greyhounds play their next two games on the road, starting with a Saturday, February 8, game at Lehigh University at 1 o'clock.