Feb. 26, 2010
BALTIMORE - After giving back a 12-0 lead to start the game, Canisius found its shooting touch in the second half by hitting on 62.1 percent (18-29) to pull away for a 74-62 MAAC road win at Loyola Friday night at Reitz Arena. The loss was the fourth straight for the Greyhounds.
The Golden Griffins (14-15, 8-9 MAAC) came out firing to start the game, making two three-pointers, two layups and two free throws over the first 5:17 to build a 12-0 lead while Loyola missed seven straight from the field. The Greyhounds stormed back behind seven points by junior guard Jamal Barney to erase the 12-point deficit and take a 17-16 lead with 6:17 to play when senior forward Jawaan Wright banked in a layup off a Barney assist.
That would be Loyola's only lead of the game, although the contest was tied once at 19 before Canisius scored eight straight prior to a Barney putback that closed the scoring on the first half and the Golden Griffins led 27-21. Canisius continued where it left off after the intermission, using an 11-5 start to put itself back up by 12 at 38-26 just 3:09 into the second half.
The Greyhounds scored six quick points in just over a minute and when senior guard Brett Harvey drained a three-pointer with 14:37 left, Loyola trailed by just five at 40-35. The Greyhounds twice got their deficit to five points the rest of the way, the last time at 52-47 on a layup by freshman guard Robert Olson courtesy of a Barney assist.
But the Golden Griffins scored seven straight to push the lead back to 12 and when Greg Logins drained a three-pointer with 2:48 left, Canisius had its largest lead of the contest at 66-51. The Golden Griffins made six of eight free throws to end the game and maintain a 10-point advantage for the game's final five minutes.
For Canisius, Tomas Vazquez-Simmons finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing a game-high 10 points. Logins scored 13 of his 15 points after the intermission while Elton Frazier scored 11 with six rebounds. Leading scorer Frank Turner was limited to just three-of-10 shooting, but finished with 10 points and six assists.
Barney scored 20 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for Loyola, the 20 points his highest outing since December. Olson added 13 points off the bench to go along with three steals and junior guard Brian Rudolph contributed 12 points, five rebounds and six assists against just one turnover.
The Greyhounds close out the regular season Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock when they host Manhattan. The game will determine the eighth seed in the 2010 MAAC Championship with the winner receiving the right to wear white uniforms when the same two teams match up one week from tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., in a first-round contest.