March 3, 2014
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland's Jarred Jones had his first career double-double with personal bests of 28 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough for the eighth-seeded Greyhounds as they fell, 84-71, on Monday night to ninth-seeded Lafayette College in the Patriot League Championships First Round.
Jones came off the bench and made 9-of-16 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws, all career-high numbers, in 33 minutes of action.
The Leopards (11-19 overall), however, shot 68.4 percent from the field in the second half and 63.6 percent overall to move on to play Patriot League Regular-Season Champion Boston University in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5.
Seth Hinrichs scored 22 points, and Joey Ptasinski hit 5-of-9 3-pointers to finish with 18, to lead the Leopards.
Lafayette scored the game's first five points before Jones was inserted to the lineup for Loyola. He scored the next six overall points, and Loyola's first 10. His two free throws at 14:58 gave the Greyhounds a 10-7 lead they would build on early.
Jordan Latham scored two of his 10 on an 18-foot baseline jumper at 10:15, pushing the advantage to 20-15. Five points was as large as it would grow, however, as Lafayette took the lead for good on a Hinrichs basket with 5:13 left in the first half.
Lafayette's seven-point halftime lead quickly went to 12, but Loyola (11-19) did not go away. Tyler Hubbard grabbed a long offensive rebound and buried a 3-pointer from the left corner at 13:22, and Loyola was within three, 53-50.
The three was part of Loyola's 27-2 advantage in second-chance points in the game. Loyola had a 34-28 advantage in rebounds, 15-2 on the offensive glass.
Denzel Brito hit a jumper at 9:07 to make it 63-58 in Lafayette's favor, but the Leopards scored the next six points, and it was a double-digit game.
In addition to Jones' 28 and Latham's 10, Eric Laster had nine points, and Hubbard and Brito each chipped in eight. R.J. Williams tied his career-high with 10 assists while committing just one turnover.