BALTIMORE - Boston University opened up a 17-point lead in the first half, a gap Loyola University Maryland narrowed to three with less than three minutes to play Saturday afternoon, but the Terriers left Reitz Arena with a 71-65 victory over the Greyhounds in Patriot League action.
The Greyhounds (8-17 overall, 7-7 Patriot League) made just one of their first 17 shots in the game, but when Cam Gregory scored Loyola’s second field goal of the game with 12:49 to go in the first half, the Greyhounds were down just four, 9-5.
Over the next five minutes, however, Boston University did not miss on any of its seven shots from the field, and a Nick Havener dunk at 7:39 gave the Terriers a 29-12 advantage.
Andre Walker, who scored a game-high 16 points, hit a setback, baseline jumper with 30.2 seconds left in the first half, and Loyola was within a dozen, 36-24, at the break.
Loyola scored 10 of the second half’s first 12 points, eight coming inside the paint. Eric Laster’s fast-break layup after a steal closed the margin to four, 38-34, just 4:25 into the second half, but John Papale responded with a stepback three 15 ticks later, putting up seven.
The Terriers got their advantage back to double-digits thereafter, but for the next 13-plus minutes it hung in the five to seven-point range.
Laster knocked down a jumper in the lane at 2:35, and it was a one-possesion game with the Greyhounds trailing, 63-60.
Boston University, however, scored the next four points on two Papale free throws and a layup by Eric Fanning, and Loyola could not draw closer than three.
Four Greyhounds -- Walker (16), Franz Rassman (14), Chancellor Barnard (12) and Laster (10) -- scored in double-figured, but five recorded 10 or more for Boston Unviersity. Papale, Fanning and Kyle Foreman each scored 14 for the Terriers’ cause.
Rassman had his second career double-double, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds to go with his 14 points, but Fanning also had a double-double for Boston University with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The Greyhounds embark on a two-game road trip, starting on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, at 7 p.m. against Bucknell University.