Feb. 15, 2014
BALTIMORE - Despite career-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Jordan Latham, Loyola University Maryland men's basketball fell to visiting Boston University, 87-72, on Saturday night in Reitz Arena.
Latham made 10-of-16 shots from the field, and nine of his rebounds were on the defensive glass, en route to his first career double-double. He also had three blocked shots and two steals.
The Terriers (19-8 overall, 12-2 Patriot League), however, moved into sole possession of first place in the Patriot League thanks in large part to 14 3-point baskets.
John Papale had a career-high 20 points, making all seven of his shots, including six from behind the arc. Cedric Hankerson also scored 20, a career-best, too, knocking down 5-of-6 3-pointers and the same from the free-throw line.
Hankerson had all but one of his points in the first half, as the Terriers led 42-28 at halftime, and Papale picked up the scoring in the second half, tallying 17 after the break.
Latham was a major factor in the first half for the Greyhounds with 16 points, scoring more than half of Loyola's points. It was the most points by a Loyola player in the first half of a game this season, and it was just one off his previous career-high of 17 set in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University.
A 17-foot jumper by the Baltimore native pulled the Greyhounds within two, 13-11, with 12:39 to play, but almost two minutes later, Hankerson hit the first of his threes for Boston University.
He made his first five threes from behind the arc, including one that stretched the Terriers' lead to 18, 38-20.
Eric Laster led the Loyola scoring effort in the second half, tallying 15 of his career-high 18 after halftime, as Loyola brought the lead back into single digits.
A layup by Latham at 11:31 made it a nine-point Terriers' advantage, and his fast-break dunk at 9:41 got the score to 56-49.
Three times after that, Loyola got the Boston University lead down to five, the final time coming on a Franz Rassman layup at 5:56, cutting the deficit to 62-57.
Papale, however, went on a 3-point binge after that, hitting four in as many possessions for the Terriers, the last coming with 3:38 to play, extending the advantage to 16, 75-59.
In addition to the 20 each from Papale and Hankerson, D.J. Irving finished with 14 points, and Maurice Watson Jr. tallied 12 points and eight assists.
Loyola is back in Reitz Arena on Wednesday, February 19, when it hosts Bucknell University at 7:30 p.m.