Feb. 20, 2005
Buffalo, N.Y. - Loyola connected on a season-high 10 three-point field goals and came one rally short of spoiling Senior Day at Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins shoot 51.5 percent from the field and hold on to defeat the Greyhounds 92-83 in front of 1,341 fans at the Koessler Athletic Center.
The Greyhounds opened the game with pinpoint three-point shooting as Sean Corrigan, Freddie Stanback and Greg Manning each connected from beyond the arc to put Loyola up 9-7 and quiet the boisterous Canisius crowd.
Senior Bernard Allen extended the lead to five points with a turnaround jumper in the middle of the lane, but Canisius answered with a 6-0 run to take the lead back. Corrigan quickly changed that to a 20-18 Loyola advantage with his second three-pointer of the day as the `Hounds remained hot from outside.
Manning, who connected on Loyola's sixth three-pointer of the first half, was also fouled on the play and gave the Greyhounds a 27-23 edge with his free throw and four-point play. The Golden Griffins, who made six first-half threes themselves, used an 11-3 run to close the half with a 51-44 lead.
The Greyhounds cut the deficit to 58-56 with Stanback's strong move to the bucket at 15:33, but a 6-0 Griff run moved the margin back to eight points with 13:45 left in regulation.
Loyola kept battling and found itself down by two after a pair of free throws from Brad Farrell at 8:45. Senior Jim Chivers completed a conventional three-point play at the eight-minute mark and the Greyhounds led 69-68.
Canisius answered with yet another run and continued to build its lead as the clock wound down. Bell led the Greyhounds with 17 points while both Corrigan and Stanback added 15 in the loss. Manning, who made his first career start, finished with seven points while Farrell led the team with 10 rebounds.
Loyola, 6-19 overall and 5-11 in the MAAC, returns to Reitz Arena for its final home game of the season this Thursday night. The Greyhounds will host Siena at 7:05 p.m.