Feb. 27, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Senior Greg Logins saved his best for last on Canisius' Senior Day as he connected on seven three-pointers in the second half to help the Golden Griffins score 49 points after halftime and roar past Loyola, 75-58, Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center.
The loss drops Loyola to 15-14 overall and 10-8 in MAAC play. The Greyhounds will be the No. 5 seed Saturday afternoon and play in the first quarterfinal at the 2011 MAAC Championship at 2:30 p.m. against No. 4 Saint Peter's. Canisius is locked in as the No. 6 seed and will play in the final quarterfinal against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
The Greyhounds put together runs of 9-0 and 10-2 in the first half to build their largest lead of the game at 26-15 with 7:03 to play before halftime on a reverse layup by sophomore forward Erik Etherly. Junior guard J'hared Hall connected on a three-pointer with just under a minute remaining and Loyola led 32-23. Canisius' Alshwan Hymes answered with a three-pointer and the Greyhounds held a 32-26 lead at the intermission.
The Golden Griffins came out firing to start the second half and connecting. An 8-2 run in the first 3:31 quickly tied the score. After the teams traded scores and freshman guard Dylon Cormier tied the game for the last time at 42-42 with 12:17 to play on a layup off a feed from junior forward Shane Walker, Logins begin his assault. After his fifth three-pointer ended a 16-0 Golden Griffins run, Canisius had scored 24 of 29 points and held a 66-47 lead with 5:13 remaining and the outcome had been settled.
"I was concerned at the end of the first half when they made that three," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos explained after the game. "We gave up a couple of threes and their momentum just carried into the second half."
Logins finished with 26 points and classmate Elton Frazier added 18 as Canisius' only double-figure scorers. The Golden Griffins shot 61.5 percent for the second half and 64.3 percent from behind the arc. They also recorded assists on 21 of their 27 field goals for the game.
Loyola was led by senior guard Brian Rudolph, who recorded the first double-double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He added four assists. Etherly and Cormier each scored 11 and freshman guard Justin Drummond added 10.
"I'm really happy we are not playing Friday," Patsos said of the upcoming MAAC Championship. "We played two tough, close games with Saint Peter's and we should expect to see more of the same."