Nov. 16, 2015
BALTIMORE - Joel Hernandez banked in a running 23-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Long Island University Brooklyn a 71-68 win Monday night over Loyola University Maryland in non-conference action at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds (0-2) had possession, coming out of a timeout with five seconds left, as Andre Walker inbounded the ball to Jarred Jones under the Loyola basket. Jones flashed open, but LIU Brooklyn's Jerome Frink blocked his layup.
Frink grabbed the rebound, passed it to Martin Hermannsson at the free-throw line, and Hermannsson hit Hernandez in stride. Hernandez caught the pass and shot in nearly one motion from the top right of the arc, and his attempt banked off the backboard for the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.
Loyola had battled all the back from being 13 points down with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half to three times tie the score at the end of regulation.
Walker's two free throws with 43.3 seconds left knotted the game at 68-68, and the Blackbirds' possession was thwarted by a Hermannsson turnover with just over 24 seconds left.
Loyola took a timeout after Walker crossed the ball into their halfcourt, but out of the timeout, LIU Brooklyn (1-0) knocked the ball over the end line, setting up the final play.
The Blackbirds led by two at halftime, 31-29, but they stretched their advantage to double-digits just over seven minutes in to the second half. A Frink fast-break layup gave LIU Brooklyn a 50-39 advantage, and minutes later, Nura Zanna converted on a layup at 10:13 to put the lead to 13, 56-43.
An and-one play by Eric Laster, and a layup by Cam Gregory drew the Greyhounds back within eight, but Hermannsson hit a three, and Iverson Fleming scored on in transition to stretch the difference back to 13, 61-48, with 8:46 left.
Loyola, however, cut its disadvantage back to four in slightly more than three minutes. Laster scored in the paint, Walker hit 1-of-2 free throws, Tyler Hubbard made a three, and James Fives converted 1-of-2 at the line. Fives' free throw at 5:31 drew Loyola within four, 61-57.
Zanna momentarily broke the 9-0 Loyola run by hitting 1-of-2 himself at 4:05, but Walker penetrated from the top of the perimeter and found Hubbard on the left side. Hubbard hit the three, his third of the game, and Loyola was within a pair, 62-60, at 3:49.
The teams traded pairs of free throws before Hermannsson missed a three, and Frink grabbed the rebound. His layup went off the mark, and Jarred Jones came down with the rebound.
This time, Hubbard misfired on a three, but Jones grabbed the offensive board and converted the layup to draw the teams even at 64-64 with 2:01 showing on the clock.
Hermannsson put LIU Brooklyn back on top with two free throws 17 seconds later, and Franz Rassman was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and he hit 2-of-3 free throws for Loyola at 1:18 to deadlock the game at 66-66.
Aakim Saintil responded for LIU Brooklyn with a jumper to take the lead with 61 ticks on the clock, but Walker drove and was fouled 18 seconds later, converting both free throws to tie the game again, 68-68.
Jones recorded his second career double-double in the game, scoring a game-high 18 points while pulling down a career-best 14 rebounds. Walker scored 12 and had a career-high seven assists, and Rassman finished with 12. Hubbard scored nine, and Laster added eight for the Greyhounds.
Hernandez's game-winner tied him for team-high honors with 15 points, matching Saintil's total. Hermannsson added 14 and seven assists.
The Greyhounds are back in action Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Catonsville, Maryland, to face UMBC.