Feb. 24, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Bernard Allen fell two points shy of a double-double but had his final game at Reitz Arena spoiled by Siena freshman Jack McClinton, who scored 18 to lead the Saints past Loyola on Thursday night Baltimore, Md. The Greyhounds fall cold in the second half and drop a 67-55 decision in front of a packed house of rowdy students.
"We had a great crowd," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "Those people came out in the snow and provided a great environment. They've been good all year."
The crowd, however, could not help the Greyhounds shoot better than 29 percent from the floor in the second half, making only one of eight three-point attempts. After scoring the final four points of the first half, including a buzzer-beating lay-up from Charlie Bell, Loyola closed the gap to one point and trailed 29-28 at the break.
A jumper from Sean Corrigan and a fast-break lay-up from Josko Alujevic to start the second half put the Greyhounds on top 32-29. The Saints responded with back-to-back three-pointers, but a three from freshman Brad Farrell had the score knotted at 40-40 with 14:49 left in regulation.
Siena scored the next six before freshman Greg Manning's bucket at 9:39. Unfortunately for Loyola, its next field goal game at 1:16, cutting a nine-point deficit to 59-52. Although the Greyhounds stayed in the game with free throws, Siena also scored from the charity stripe with 18 of their 67 points from the line.
"We just didn't make shots," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "You can't win games if you don't score and we couldn't score tonight."
Shane James led the `Hounds with 13 points and seven rebounds while Allen pulled down 10 rebounds with eight points. Bell added 11 points and three steals while McClinton added seven assists and eight rebounds to his game-high 18 points.
Loyola drops to 6-20 on the year and 5-12 in the conference as seniors Allen, Jim Chivers, Corrigan and Irakli Nijaradze complete for the last time at Reitz Arena. Siena, which has won two straight, improves to 6-22 overall and 4-13 in the MAAC.
The Greyhounds close the regular season at Fairfield this Saturday night. They play the Stags in a men's-women's doubleheader and are scheduled to tip at 8 p.m.