BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland freshman Andre Walker had three steals and scored five points during an 8-0 Greyhounds run that pushed them to a 45-38 victory over visiting UMBC on Wednesday night in Reitz Arena.
Walker, who earned the Patriot League's first Lids Team Sports Rookie of the Week honors of the season on Monday, finished with a game-high 16 points and five steals.
The 38 points scored by UMBC were the fewest Loyola has allowed in a game in the Greyhounds' Division I era (since 1981-82), and it is the least since a 63-36 win over Bridgewater (Virginia) College on March 2, 1950, in the Mason-Dixon Conference Quarterfinals.
Charles Taylor's dunk with 10:36 left in regulation gave UMBC a 33-31 lead in the game, but Walker hit a 19-foot jumper from the top of the perimeter 32 seconds later, and the game was tied for the 12th time.
After two empty possessions by the Retrievers (0-2 overall), Walker hit a 3-pointer at 8:39 to give put Loyola in front, 36-33. The Greyhounds (2-1) would not relinquish the lead from that point forward.
A driving layup by Denzel Brito down the right side made it 38-33 Loyola with 7:22 to play; the five-point advantage was the largest by either team through the game's first 32-plus minutes.
Cam Gregory, who had a game- and career-high 12 rebounds for Loyola, made 1-of-2 at the free-throw line, capping the 8-0 run, and UMBC did not score until a Jourdan Grant layup with 4:06 left. The Retrievers' scoreless stretch lasted six-minutes, 30-seconds, and Loyola forced five turnovers during that span.
After Grant's bucket, neither Loyola, nor UMBC scored until Brito made a pair of free thorws with 45 ticks left on the clock. Walker then made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the win.
Cody Joyce had 14 rebounds to pace UMBC, and Wayne Sparrow added 13 on 19 shots.
The game was tied at 20-all at halftime, and had 13 lead chances throughout. UMBC built a four-point lead with just over seven minutes to play in the first half, but it was otherwise a one-possession game until Brito's basket with 7:22 left.
The 45 points were Loyola's fewest in a winning effort since a 42-38 win over Swarthmore College on February 9, 1980.
Loyola is back in action on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis where it will take on Butler University at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m., and the game will air nationally on Fox Sports 2.