Feb. 26, 2009
BALTIMORE - Rider's Ryan Thompson drove the length of the floor and layed in the game-winning basket as time expired to give the visiting Broncs a 77-75 victory over Loyola on Thursday night at Reitz Arena, spoiling the Greyhounds' senior night and home finale.
Down by two, a running layup by Brian Rudolph pulled Loyola even at 75 apiece with 1:10 left to play. After holding the Broncos scoreless on their next possession, Loyola had a chance to win the game. Marquis Sullivan missed a 23-footer from the left side of the floor, but Rudolph was there to corral the offensive board. The guard dribbled down the clock to under ten seconds and then penetrated into the lane, missing a contested layin.
Rider's Justin Robinson was there to pick up the rebound though, and he threw an outlet pass to Thompson, who was standing beyond the free-throw line. Thompson then jetted the length of the floor and his finger roll dropped just as the horn sounded. After a quick meeting courtside, the referees ruled the basket was good.
Loyola (11-19, 6-11 MAAC) shot 51.6 percent in the first half and carried a 47-34 advantage into intermission. The 47 points were the most Loyola had scored in a half since it went for 50 against Canisius of the second half of a 86-62 win back on January 3.
A pair of Rudolph free throws kept the Loyola lead in double digits at 57-45 with just over 14 minutes to play. But the Broncs (17-11, 11-6 MAAC) would answer with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take its first lead of the half, 58-57. Robinson scored eight points during the run, capped off by his layup with 9:36 remaining.
A one-handed slam dunk putback by Isaac Reid capped off six straight from Loyola, but Rider responded with its own run of six, taking a 70-67 lead.
A Jamal Barney finger-roll--his first basket of the half--- pulled Loyola within one, and two consecutive jumpers by Sullivan gave Loyola a three-point cushion, 73-70, with 3:00 to play.
But Rider's Patrick Mansell hit a three-pointer from the right side of the floor to knot the game, and a bucket by Ryan Thompson give the Broncs a two-point cushion, 75-73.
Rudolph led Loyola with 19 points for the game and Sullivan, playing in his final game at Reitz Arena, added 17 on 6-of-11 shooting. Reid chipped in with 9 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Loyola won the rebounding battle, 35-28, and scored 36 of its points in the paint.
Thompson led Rider with 19 points, with Robinson going for 15 and Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson adding 12 apiece. Harris Mansell scored 10 points to put five Broncs in double-digits.
Rider knocked down four 3-pointers in the early going and took a 12-7 lead. The Greyhounds quickly ceased the momentum from there though, responding with a 25-5 lead over the next eight-plus minutes.
Two Isaac Reid baskets sandwiched around a Sullivan 3-pointer gave Loyola its first lead of the contest, 15-14. Then, four different Greyhounds found the scoring column to extend the Loyola lead to eight, 23-15, with 10 minutes to play. After a pair of Mike Ringgold free throws, the Greyhounds responded with nine straight.
Sullivan got the run started with a 3-pointer and Reid earned a put-back on Loyola's next possession. On the next trip down the floor, guard Brett Harvey nailed a three-pointer from the left side of the floor, getting fouled in the act, and made a free throw after the media timeout to cap the run and give Loyola a 15-point cushion, 32-17.
The Greyhounds close out the regular season on Sunday at Iona at 2 o'clock p.m.