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Men's Basketball Leads Near Wire-To-Wire In 78-63 Win Over Crusaders

Feb. 24, 2016

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BALTIMORE - James Fives made a 3-pointer from the right side with less than two seconds left in the first half, giving Loyola University Maryland a 10-point halftime lead, and the Greyhounds would maintain a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game to defeat College of the Holy Cross, 78-63, Wednesday night in Patriot League action.

With the win, the Greyhounds secured a home game in the Patriot League Championships First Round and will host either Holy Cross or Lafayette College in Reitz Arena on Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. The victory also secured the Greyhounds' best record in conference play since joining the Patriot League with their eighth win of the year.

Fives' first three of the night, part of his career-high 10 points, gave Loyola a 13-11 advantage with 13:57 left in the first half, erasing the last time the Crusaders (10-18 overall, 5-12 Patriot League) would lead in the game.

Holy Cross would tie the score twice in the next few minutes, but Franz Rassmanmade 1-of-2 at the line with 8:26 to go in the first half, and Tyler Hubbard made one of his three 3-pointers at 7:23, putting Loyola (9-19, 8-9) up for good.

Fives caught an Andre Walker pass on the right side and hit his second three of the game, sending the teams to the locker rooms with Loyola on top, 33-23.

Just over five minutes into the second half, Nick Gorski converted in the paint off a Sean Tuohy, Jr., pass, and the Greyhounds' lead was 20, 48-28.

Tuohy would then skip a pass to Eric Laster in the right corner for a three at 13:57 to put Loyola in front by 21, its largest lead of the game.

An 8-0 Crusaders run that culminated with a Karl Charles fast-break layup at 4:58 drew Holy Cross within 10, 66-56, but Loyola scored the next six points at the free-throw line to maintain a double-digit lead.

Walker scored a game-high 15 points to go with six assists, leading four Loyola players in double figures. Rassman scored 13, while Hubbard tallied 11 and Fives scored 10. Cam Gregory nearly had his second double-double of the season, falling a pair of points shy with eight to go with a game-high 11 rebounds.

Charles led Holy Cross with 15 points, while Cullen Hamilton had 13.

Loyola controlled a 40-24 rebounding advantage and held Holy Cross to just three offensive rebounds.

The Greyhounds wrap up their regular-season on Saturday, Feb. 27, when they travel to Washington, D.C., to face American University in a 12 noon contest.