BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland held Lafayette College to season-lows of 43 points and 31.1 field-goal percentage Wednesday night, and the Greyhounds led by as many as 30 en route to a 62-43 Patriot League victory in Reitz Arena.
The Leopards made just 14 field goals, seven in each half, and just four from behind the 3-point arc. Lafayette (14-10 overall, 6-7 Patriot League) entered the game ranked 10th in NCAA Division I in 3-point percentage (40.4 percent). Loyola (10-14, 6-7), however, leads the Patriot League in 3-point field goal defense and held the Leopards to 22.2 percent.
Lafayette led for just 27 seconds of the game, going up one in the game's third minute before an Andre Walker steal and fast-break layup put the Greyhounds in front for good at 17:34.
Loyola would lead by as many as 15, 28-13 on a Cam Gregory offensive rebound and putback at 4:08, before taking a 30-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The Leopards got within seven on their first possession of the second half as Seth Hinrichs scored off a spin-hook, but Loyola then scored the next seven points to put the margin in double-digits for the remainder of regulation.
Tyler Hubbard scored a game-high 14 points and hit a three at 10:06 after an Eric Laster offensive board and kick-out, making the Loyola lead 28, 54-26. The Greyhounds stretched their advantage to 30, 59-29, with 8:10 remaining on the first career 3-pointer by Sean Tuohy Jr.
Following the Tuohy basket, however, Lafayette scored 14 unanswered points and got within 16 with 3:36 left in regulation. Nick Lindner scored a team-high 12 points for the Leopards.
Loyola held Lafayette's top two scorers, Dan Trist and Hinrichs, to 15 total points on a combined 4-of-14 from the field. Trist came into the game leading the Patriot League in scoring at 18.2 points per game, but he his eight points marked just the third time this season the senior has not scored in double-figures.
Lafayette came into the game ranked 51st in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency and 17th in effective field-goal percentage, but the Leopards scored just 0.694 points per possession in the contest.
The 19-point margin of victory is Loyola's largest in its two-year history in the Patriot League, eclipsing a 77-63 victory over Lafayette on Jan. 13, 2014.
The Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 14, when they travel to New England to face Boston University at 1 p.m.