Dec. 5, 2009
Buffalo, N.Y. - Canisius ran off 13 straight points to snap a 46-all tie midway through the second half and never looked back to collect a 70-65 victory Friday night at the Koessler Athletic Center in the MAAC opener for both teams.
The lone Loyola highlight in the loss was senior guard Brett Harvey, who finished with a season-high 28 points, including the 1,000th point of his career. The milestone was reached when he connected on a three-pointer with 29.9 seconds remaining in the game, pulling Loyola within four points at 67-63. He was successful on a pair of free throws with 14.1 ticks left to again pull Loyola within four at 69-65 and close out his night with the 28 points.
The Greyhounds (4-3, 0-1 MAAC) started fast, scoring field goals on their first two possessions to lead 4-0 after the game's first minute. But Loyola would not score a field goal for the game's next 10 minutes, yet was down only 14-6 before sophomore forward Anthony Winbush tossed in a jump hook to snap the drought.
Canisius (4-2, 1-0 MAAC) answered the Winbush basket with five straight points from Julius Coles to cap a 19-4 run for a 19-8 lead with 8:19 remaining as Coles tallied nine of the points.
The Golden Griffins' lead pushed to 28-15 before Loyola used its defense to score eight straight points to trail by just five at 28-23 on a Harvey fast-break layup. When junior guard Jamal Barney connected on a three-pointer from just inside the mid-court line as the halftime horn sounded, the Greyhounds were again facing a five-point deficit at the half, 33-28.
Inspired by Barney's shot, Loyola scored five quick points to trail by just two in the first 1:18 of the second half when junior guard Brian Rudolph converted a conventional three-point play. It took the Greyhounds almost 10 minutes, by they eventually tied the game at 46 on a Barney three-pointer to cap seven straight Loyola points in less than a minute.
But Canisius took over from there, going on a 13-0 run as Turner (six points) and Coles (five points) did most of the damage. Harvey tried to will the Greyhounds back into the game, scoring 12 points over the final nine-and-a-half minutes, but Loyola could not get closer than four as Canisius finished the game making 14 of its 20 attempts from the free-throw line to keep the game at two possessions or more.
Harvey became the 30th player in Loyola history to reach 1,000 career points on his final field goal of the contest. Other Greyhounds reaching double figures were Rudolph with 11 and Barney with 10. Winbush scored just five points, but added four assists and three steals and matched Barney for team-high rebounding honors with six.
Turner led Canisius with 20 points, making nine of his 10 tries from the foul line. Coles added 18 and Greg Logins chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds. Tomas Vazquez Simmons came off the bench to add nine points and nine boards.
The Greyhounds are back in action Sunday afternoon when they visit Niagara University for a 2 o'clock start.