Feb. 17, 2010
BALTIMORE, MD -- Saint Peter's used a 12-0 run after Loyola matched its biggest lead of the game and never looked back in posting a 69-61 MAAC road win Wednesday night at Reitz Arena in a game rescheduled from Friday due to the storms that battered the Mid-Atlantic.
"Quite frankly I thought we played average and this is not an average league," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented following the loss. "I thought Nick Leon took control of the second half. We might be looking at some young guys the rest of the way and looking toward the future."
After sophomore guard J'hared Hall hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired, Loyola matched its largest lead of the game at 46-37 with 9:22 remaining. From there, Saint Peter's outscored the Greyhounds 32-15 to end the game, holding Loyola to just one field goal for a stretch of nearly eight-and-a-half minutes, during which the Peacocks turned the nine-point deficit into a six-point lead.
First, the Peacocks went on a 12-0 run to erase Loyola's lead and give Saint Peter's the lead for good. The onslaught ended with a Jeron Belin tip-in for a 49-46 advantage with 5:53 remaining. After a single Loyola free throw and a three-pointer by freshman guard Robert Olson was sandwiched around a Leon jumper to pull Loyola within one, Wesley Jenkins stroked a three-pointer and Ryan Bacon made a layup to push the Peacocks back in front 56-50 with under three minutes left.
Two free throws by senior forward Jawaan Wright brought Loyola within four with 2:39 remaining and junior guard Jamal Barney's jumper did the same with under a minute to play. But Jenkins converted a pair of foul shots and Leon made four straight in the span of 20 seconds and Saint Peter's led 67-57 with just 34 seconds left.
After the Greyhounds went to halftime ahead 26-21, they came out for the second half making nine of their first 15 shots to build that 46-37 lead. For the remaining 9:22 of the contest, Loyola made just three of its 15 attempts from the field with two of those being layups during the game's final minute. Conversely, during that time, the Peacocks made eight of their 12 tries from the floor.
Leon led all scorers with 18 points, 14 of those coming in the second half. Darius Conley finished with 14 points and Jenkins scored 12. Bacon grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and added nine points, three assists and three blocks. Saint Peter's dominated the glass with a 44-28 rebounding advantage.
The bench tandem of Hall and Wright once again led Loyola in scoring with 12 and 11, respectively, with Wright leading the team with six boards. Sophomore forward Shane Walker added 10 points, two assists and two blocks.
The four-game home stretch continues Saturday with the final non-conference contest of the season when the Greyhounds host New Hampshire at 1 o'clock. MAAC play wraps up the following weekend with home games against Canisius on February 26 and Manhattan on February 28.