Walker's Layup Proves Winner As Men's Hoops Outlasts Colgate In 3 OTs

Feb. 22, 2015

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BALTIMORE - Andre Walker made a game-tying layup at the end of Sunday afternoon's second overtime, and the freshman guard converted another with 6.9 seconds left in the third extra frame to lift host Loyola University Maryland to an 80-78 triple-overtime victory over Colgate University in Patriot League action.

Walker took his defender one-on-one down the right side of the lane, drew contact and still scored to put Loyola (11-16 overall, 7-9 Patriot League) up two on the Raiders who entered the day in second place in the Patriot League.

He finished with a career-high 21 points, besting his previous high by three points. Walker played 50 of the game's 55 minutes and had six rebounds and two steals, as well.

Loyola is now 4-0 in overtime this season and 7-0 in Head Coach G.G. Smith's two years leading the program. The Greyhounds are also 16-1 in overtime games going back to the start of the 2004-2005 season.

Sunday was Loyola's longest game since it lost in triple-overtime to Siena College on Jan. 10, 2002.

His basket with eight-tenths of a second left in the second overtime tied the score at 74-74, sending the game to an additional five minutes.

Franz Rassman also had a career-high scoring day for the Greyhounds, finishing with 19 before fouling out just over a minute into the first overtime.

Eric Laster added 16 points, seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals, and Tyler Hubbard added 13 points, three assists and two steals for the Greyhounds.

Colgate (13-16, 10-6) built a seven-point lead, 65-58, with 89 seconds left in regulation when Ethan Jacobs made a pair of free throws, but Rassman was the first to chip away for Loyola with a layup at 1:18.

Hubbard stole the ball from Jacobs on Colgate's next possession, and Hubbard scored on a layup after Chancellor Barnard grabbed one of his nine rebounds and fed a cutting Hubbard, pulling Loyola within three, 65-62, with 51.6 left.

The Greyhounds fouled Damon Sherman-Newsome, but he missed the front end of 1-and-1 at the line, and Walker drew a foul going to the basket with 24.3 seconds. He made 1-of-2, closing the gap to two.

Luke Roh grabbed the rebound of Walker's missed second free throw, and he was fouled immediately, but he too missed the front end of 1-and-1 at the line to give Loyola the chance to tie or take the lead.

Laster missed a mid-range jumper for the Greyhounds, but Walker came down with the ball and was fouled by Colgate's Matt McMullen. Walker knocked down both shots this time, tying the game at 65-65 with 6.4 seconds left.

Roh took the ball on the restart for the Raiders and went the length of the floor, but his layup rimmed out, and Walker grabbed the loose ball, sending the teams to overtime.

Colgate twice went up two in the first overtime, but a Walker pull-up jumper at 1:43 gave Loyola a 70-69 advantage. Walker later made 1-of-2 at the line with 18.3 ticks left, but the Greyhounds were called for a foul as Sherman-Newsom drove the right side.

The Raiders' leading scorer made both foul shots with 6.8 seconds left, and Walker's last second attempt at the close of the period went astray, and a second overtime was queued.

The teams combined for only six points in the second overtime with Colgate going up two, 74-72, as McMullen made 1-of-2 at the line with 1:53 on the clock. Walker's layup with less than a second left in the period was the next points, setting the stage for what would be the final overtime.

McMullen, who led Colgate with career-highs of 19 points and 17 rebounds, made two free throws at 3:55 to put the Raiders in front by two.

Cam Gregory put back a Hubbard miss on the offensive end for the Greyhounds tied the score at 76-76 with 2:29 remaining, and Walker stroked two free throws through the net with 52 seconds on the clock, posting Loyola to a 78-76 advantage.

Jacobs, however, responded for Colgate with basket at 38.0, snapping a span of 12 minutes, 14 seconds that the Greyhounds held the Raiders without a made field goal.

With the score tied at 78-78 following Jacobs' conversion, Loyola Head Coach G.G. Smith called a timeout with 23.8 showing on the clock.

Walker took the drive to the right, and saw the ball drop, but Colgate had 6.9 ticks left to run a final play after it called a timeout.

The Raiders brought the ball down the near sideline, but Barnard converged on the ball-handler, and the ball went out of bounds with three-tenths of a second remaining. Possession was given back to Colgate, but it could not get off a 3-pointer in time, sealing Loyola's win.

Gregory led Loyola with 11 rebounds as the Greyhounds had a one-rebound margin on the boards, 45-44. Barnard had nine boards, and Laster grabbed seven.

Loyola also committed only six turnovers in the game, its fewest this season.

The Greyhounds head on the road for one final regular-season game away from Reitz Arena. They play at College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Worcester, Massachusetts at 7 p.m.