LAWRENCE, Kan. - Loyola University Maryland trailed fourth-ranked University of Kansas by just four at halftime, but the Jayhawks scored the second half’s first 11 points and went on to a 94-61 victory in front of 16,300 fans at “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Tyler Hubbard, James Fives and Eric Laster tied the game for the Greyhounds’, 34-34, with 3:01 left in the first half as Laster’s trey capped a 9-0 run that covered just 46 seconds.
After a Kansas (5-1) timeout, Loyola (1-6) forced a missed Hunter Mickelson layup on the Jayhawks’ offensive end, and Laster came down with the rebound. His three rattled in-and-out and would have put the Greyhounds in front.
Frank Mason III scored the next four points for Kansas, but Andre Walker cut it back to a two-point game, 38-36, with two free throws 57 seconds before halftime. Jamari Traylor pushed the Jayhawks’ advantage to four at the break, 40-36.
Kansas came out after the break with a renewed defensive intensity, holding Loyola scoreless for more than four minutes while starting what would be a 15-1 run.
Cheick Diallo capped the run with a transition dunk at 14:58 before Nevell Provo hit Loyola’s fist field goal of the second half at 14:07.
Laster finished with a team-high 16 points, and he shared team-high honors in rebounds, pulling down eight to match Cam Gregory’s total.
Wayne Selden, Jr., paced Kansas with 18 points, while Perry Ellis had 15. Diallo contributed 13, all in the second half, and Mason added 10 to go with five assists.
Loyola had a season-high 10 steals, led by two each from Provo and Gregory.
The Greyhounds return to Maryland for their next game, traveling to Emmitsburg on Saturday, Dec. 5, for a 2 o’clock game against Mount St. Mary’s University.