Feb. 13, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland used a 42-13 run covering more than 20 minutes to turn a 24-12 deficit into a 54-37 lead as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Canisius, 72-57, on Sunday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Reitz Arena.
Freshman guard Justin Drummond scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Loyola (13-12 overall, 9-6 MAAC). Sophomre forward Erik Etherly added 18 points and nine rebounds, and junior forward Shane Walker had 13 points.
Loyola extended its six-point halftime advantage to nine less than three minutes in on a Walker three-pointer as the trail in transition. Canisius scored on its ensuing possession, but Drummond converted on the offensive end with a layup for the Greyhounds, pushing their lead to 43-34.
Senior guard Brian Rudolph then drove to the elbow and kicked a pass back to Drummond who sank a three from the top right of the perimeter, putting Loyola on top 46-34 with 16:12 to play. The assist was the 500th of Rudolph's career, making him one of only two Loyola players (Tracy Bergan, 538, 1989-94) to reach the milestone. Rudolph finished with a team-high five assists.
A Drummond putback with 11:50 to play gave Loyola a 54-37 lead. The basket capped the 42-13 Greyhounds' run that covered more than 20 minutes of game action. Canisius had led 24-12 on an Alshwan Hymes 3-pointer with 12:04 to play in the first half.
During the stretch, Loyola forced 15 Golden Griffins' turnovers while committing just two of its own. Also, the Greyhounds tallied 13 assists during the run, while Canisius had two.
After scoring 24 points in less than eight minutes to begin the contest, Canisius needed more than 28 minutes to tally their next 24.
Canisius made its first nine shots of the game and scored 10 unanswered at one point to jump out to a 19-10 lead six minutes in to the contest.
The Golden Griffins, however, made just 15 of 43 shots from that point forward.
A Frazier dunk, and a Hymes 3-pointer from the left side came after two Drummond baskets for Loyola to put the Golden Griffins up 24-12 with 12:04 left in the first half. Frazier collected 14 of Canisius' first 26 points.
Coming out of the half's second media timeout, Loyola used a 13-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 27-26, with just over four minutes to go before halftime on an Etherly layup.
Walker extended the run with a 20-foot jumper from the top of the perimeter on the Greyhounds' next possession. The Golden Griffins then turned the ball over on their next trip down the court, their seventh turnover during the Loyola run.
Another Walker basket, followed by an empty Canisius possession and an Etherly free throw made it a 32-26 Loyola lead at the 1:43 mark. A Hymes layup with 48 ticks left finally put points on the board for the Golden Griffins, ending a stretch of 13 unanswered by Loyola.
Walker then took a pass from sophomore guard Robert Olson, used a head fake near the three-point line and beat the first-half buzzer with a 19-foot jumper to give the Greyhounds a 34-28 lead at the break.
After making their first nine shots, Canisius finished the half 13-of-22 from the field, but eight turnovers over the last 11:38 of the half keyed the Loyola run. Etherly scored 10, and Drummond had nine to lead Loyola in the first half, while Frazier tallied 14, and Hymes had 10 for Canisius.
Frazier ended the game with 20 points, while Hymes scored 12.
Loyola wraps-up the home portion of its schedule on Wednesday night when it takes on Rider at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds will honor their seniors in a pregame ceremony.