Dec. 6, 2009
Niagara University, N.Y. - Niagara held a convincing 26-4 advantage in fast break points and put four players in double figures to run past Loyola, 77-57, in a MAAC conference game Sunday afternoon at the Gallagher Center.
After Greyhounds senior guard Brett Harvey opened the scoring with a three-pointer on the first possession, the Purple Eagles (6-3, 2-0 MAAC) ran off 10 straight points as Kashief Edwards book-ended the stretch with layup baskets on both ends and Niagara would not look back.
Loyola (4-4, 0-2 MAAC) made several attempts to tie the score or retake the lead, pulling within a single point on five separate occasions. The last one came with 6:49 left in the half when a putback from sophomore forward Anthony Winbush made the score 24-23. The Purple Eagles would score 12 of the game's next 16 points over the next three-and-a-half minutes for a 36-27 lead with 3:20 remaining. The halftime score was in Niagara's favor, 38-30.
After trading baskets to start the half, the Purple Eagles again used a run to put the game away. Up 47-37 after a layup by sophomore forward Shane Walker with 13:07 remaining, Niagara used a 12-2 stretch behind back-to-back Demetrious Williamson three-pointers and four straight points from Edwards to go up 59-39 with 9:49 left.
For the game, Niagara held a convincing 26-4 advantage in fast break points. The Purple Eagles were led by Tyrone Lewis' game-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures. Bilal Benn posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Edwards and Williamson each chipped in with 11.
For the Greyhounds, junior guard Jamal Barney recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in his first starting role of the season. Sophomore guard J'hared Hall added 10 points off the bench. Loyola outrebounded the Purple Eagles 43-36 and held a 28-22 advantage in the paint.
Loyola gets a respite from conference play for a month, playing four straight out-of-league contests, starting with Wednesday night's contest at Coppin State. The Greyhounds are home again on December 19 when they host Howard at 1 o'clock.