Nov. 18, 2009
CATONSVILLE, Md. - Junior guard Jamal Barney scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, the final two coming on a layup with 11 seconds remaining to give Loyola a three-point advantage, as the Greyhounds captured a 69-66 road victory at UMBC Wednesday night.
Barney scored eight straight points over a two-and-a-half minute stretch inside the final 5:20 as Loyola tried to pull away. But the Retrievers kept fighting back, taking their last lead at 62-61 with 1:52 remaining on a pair of Matt Spadafora free throws.
A pair of foul shots from senior guard Brett Harvey got the Greyhounds back the lead with 100 seconds left at 63-62. Loyola got a defensive stop on the ensuing possession and Barney corralled the rebound. Junior guard Brian Rudolph was fouled and his two free throws pushed the lead to 65-62 with 61 ticks remaining.
A layup from UMBC's Chris De La Rosa pulled the Retrievers within one at 65-64 with 41 seconds left. UMBC opted to play defense and Barney broke free for a driving layup with five seconds left on the shot clock and 11 seconds remaining in the game to advance the Loyola to three once again, 67-64.
The Retrievers' offense broke down and were forced to call time out with 2.7 seconds left. On the inbounds, De La Rosa was fouled. He made the first and his attempt to miss the second was good. Loyola inbounded the ball to Harvey who drained a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining. UMBC's final chance never happened when an effort to throw the ball into their backcourt went out of bounds. The Greyhounds inbounded the ball under their own basket as time expired.
"This was a great team effort to get this win," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "This is a tough place to play and it was a well-played game ... a good game for TV. We don't win the game without Jamal Barney. He really showed the type of player he is and then we got that one stop at the end when we were up just one."
It could have all been different after the Greyhounds took a 10-point halftime lead. UMBC made seven of its first nine shots and scored nine straight to grab an 11-6 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the first half. But Loyola scored 15 of 17 points after being behind 21-19 with 9:19 left. Sophomore forward Anthony Winbush did most of the damage, scoring six of the 15 points, including a pair of alley-oop dunks from Rudolph. Barney ended the half with a layup with one second remaining for a 36-26 advantage at the intermission.
After Barney's season-high 21 points, Winbush was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 14, 11 of those coming in the first half. Harvey finished with nine while sophomore forward Shane Walker grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and freshman guard Robert Olson recorded six steals.
For the Retrievers (0-2), Chauncey Gilliam scored 22 points, Shawn Grant added 11 and Spadafora chipped in with 10 and a team-high seven boards.
The Greyhounds return to action Saturday afternoon when they visit Mount St. Mary's to play in the most-contested rivalry in the state of Maryland. The game will be the 165th meeting of the teams.