Feb. 10, 2005
Albany, N.Y. - Junior Sean Corrigan scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Greyhounds past Siena on Thursday night at Pepsi Arena. The win, Loyola's fifth of the season, snaps a 39-game road skid and gives the Greyhounds back-to-back wins for the first time since opening the 1999-2000 season.
"This is a huge win for us," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "This is my first road win. It's the first time we've won back-to-back games in a very long time and it's the first time anyone on this team has beaten Siena."
The Greyhounds, who also snap Siena's nine-game series win streak, took control of the first half at 9:55 when Corrigan scored a lay-up to give Loyola a 16-15 lead, its first advantage of the night. The `Hounds slowly pulled away, and led 23-18 after sophomore Shane James drove the lane and dished off to senior Jim Chivers for a power dunk.
Corrigan put Loyola up by 13 with a three-pointer at the three-minute mark and junior Charlie Bell made sure that 13-point margin would hold at the half with his second straight halftime buzzer-beater.
The Greyhounds kept Siena without a field goal over the last 9:18 of the half and held the Saints to a putrid 20 percent shooting in the period. Loyola's 38-25 halftime lead was a point better than Sunday's 12-point lead on Manhattan and is also its largest halftime lead of the season.
The second stanza began with senior Bernard Allen extending the margin to 15 points with an up-and-under move and Corrigan pushed the lead to 43-27 with his third three-pointer of the night.
Siena would cut the deficit to four by scoring 13 of the next 14 points and took a 51-50 lead at 10:41 with a pair of free throws from Al Fisher. The Saints pushed their slim lead to four points before Corrigan went on a run of his own.
"It was like a heavyweight fight," says Patsos. "We won the first couple rounds, but Siena won rounds six and seven. We have to fight back to win."
Corrigan led the charge and gave the Greyhounds a two-point lead with free throws at 4:26 and made the score 63-59 with a turnaround jumper seconds later. Siena cut the margin to 66-65 with Tommy Mitchell's runner in lane at 1:14 and had a chance to go ahead with the ball and 37 seconds left in regulation.
A missed three pointer from Jack McClinton resulted in Loyola rebound and two foul shots for freshman Brad Farrell, who was scoreless in 30 minutes of action. Farrell calmly knocked down both free throws to give Loyola a three-point lead and Siena one last shot.
The Saints scrambled for a three-pointer and after a leaning attempt by McClinton failed, Tay Fisher had a look and drained a three-pointer as time expired. The officials, using the televised replay system, determined the shot came after the buzzer, giving Loyola its fourth conference win of the year.
"I thought the shot was good," says Patsos. "I told my guys that we were going to overtime and even though the shot went in after the buzzer, I never expect an official to wave off a bucket in my favor."
Loyola also got 12 points apiece from Bell and James and eight rebounds from both Bernard Allen and Farrell. Tommy Mitchell led the Saints with 16 points.
The Greyhounds improve to 5-17 overall and 4-9 in the MAAC. Siena falls to 4-20 on the season and to 2-11 in the conference. Loyola returns home to face Iona this Saturday at 4 p.m.