Feb. 26, 2012
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Justin Drummond and Anthony Winbush combined to score 25 points off the bench, and Loyola University Maryland rallied to edge Manhattan College, 62-60, on Sunday afternoon, earning the No. 2 seed in next weekend's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in the process.
Drummond scored 13 points and had six rebounds, and Winbush tallied a season-high 12 to go with eight rebounds. They were the only players to top double-figures for the Greyhounds.
Loyola's win improved its record to 21-7 overall and 13-5 in the MAAC with the win. The 21 wins are a school Division I record, and the 13 MAAC victories are also a program high. The Greyhounds swept the season series from Manhattan, but they did so by only a three-point margin. Loyola won 61-60 in Baltimore on January 5.
With the win, the Greyhounds finished second in the MAAC, their best-ever finish in the league. Loyola earned the winner of No. 7 Niagara and No. 10 Canisius at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Jaspers (20-11, 12-6) led by 11 points with 11:36 to play when Kidani Brutus hit a three, his fourth of the game, but Loyola scored 23 of the game's last 33 points to claim the victory.
"I was proud of the fact that we never let up and came back to win," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "That was a very emotional game, but we kept fighting. We got rebounds when we needed to, and we came up with stops."
Loyola trailed by five when Justin Drummond missed a jumper in the paint, but Shane Walker shot down the lane, grabbed the rebound and dunked to pull the Greyhounds within three, 52-49, with 7:52 to go.
Manhattan looked to keep its lead when the ball rotated to Mohamed Koita in the left corner, and Koita drained a three on the next possession.
The teams traded steals on their next trips down the court, and Dylon Cormier made an up-and-under layup to make it a four-point game.
Rhamel Brown answered for the Jaspers with a turnaround jumper in the paint that rolled in, but Etherly caught a Robert Olson pass and laid it in for Loyola.
Brutus missed a three with a hand in his face, and Drummond was fouled on Loyola's possession. He made both free throws - he was 7-of-8 at the line in the game - to draw the Greyhounds within a pair, 57-55, with 4:13 to go.
The Jaspers missed another shot on their end, and Etherly ripped down the rebound. He sent a long outlet pass to a streaking Winbush, and the junior laid it off the glass to tie the score with 3:35 left.
Neither Loyola, nor Manhattan could score for over a minute, but R.J. Williams gave the Greyhounds a one-point advantage with 2:29 on the clock, making 1-of-2 at the line.
George Beamon, who led all scorers with 24 points, put Manhattan back on top, converting a driving layup and making the ensuing free throw after getting fouled. His free throw gave the Jaspers a 60-58 cushion with 2:16 left in regulation, but it was the last point Manhattan would score.
The Jaspers forced a Loyola turnover following Beamon's traditional 3-point play, but Justin Drummond picked off a pass as Loyola was pressing and dunked the ball to tie the score at 60-60.
Loyola successfully defended a Beamon three, and Etherly got the rebound for Loyola with just over 90 seconds to play.
Etherly's layup attempt went off the mark, but he went straight back up, got the rebound and in one motion dropped in a putback to give the Greyhounds a 62-60 lead with 61 ticks left on the clock.
A Beamon jumper missed 14 seconds later, and Cormier got the rebound for Loyola. The Greyhounds used nearly all of the 35-second clock, but a Cormier three went off the mark, and Emmy Andujar got the rebound for Manhattan.
The Jaspers nearly lost the ball in the backcourt, and a desperation three by Brutus went short, giving the Greyhounds the two-point win.
Beamon and Brutus scored 17 and 11 in the first half, helping the Jaspers get out to an 11-point lead that Loyola trimmed to 37-31 at the break. The Greyhounds, however, held them to a combined 10 points in the second half.
Loyola used a significant advantage on the boards to secure the win, outrebounding Manhattan, 40-20, 22-8 in the second half.
Drummond and Winbush were the only players in double figures, but the rest of the lineup was balanced. Cormier and Etherly each scored nine, and Olson and Walker added six.
A large contingent of Greyhounds' fans made the trip from the Baltimore area on a trip sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Relations Office, and many other Loyola fans from the New York area came out to the came. Also at the game in the Loyola section, rooting for the Greyhounds, former Purdue head coach and current St. John's advisor Gene Keady.