Dec. 18, 2011
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Justin Drummond scored a career-high 26 points, two coming on a tip-in that cut St. Bonaventure University's lead to six with 4:06 remaining, but the Bonnies held off Loyola University Maryland for a 76-66 non-conference win Sunday afternoon, snapping the Greyhounds' eight-game winning streak.
Drummond tallied 15 of his game-high 26 in the second half, as Loyola (8-2 overall) came back from a 43-28 halftime deficit to close within six. He made 10-of-19 shots, both of his 3-pointers and all four of his free throws to eclipse his previous career-best of 22 last December at Georgetown. Drummond also led Loyola with five rebounds in 32 minutes of action.
"I wish we had played with them in the first eight minutes," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We just did not play with them, but I would like to see what happened if we did. They were so much better than us for those first eight minutes."
St. Bonaventure (5-4) took a 14-2 lead less than five minutes in when Matthew Wright knocked down a three in transition.
Drummond hit a three two possessions later for Loyola, and Jordan Latham made a 10-foot jumper, cutting the Bonnies' lead to seven, but they quickly pushed it back to double-digits with a traditional 3-point play by Andrew Nicholson.
St. Bonaventure went up by as many as 15 twice in the first half, the first time on an Eric Mosley three with 5:18 on the clock, and the second when Youssou Ndoye drove and laid the ball off the class with one tick on the clock.
Matthew Wright made a three 1:31 into the second half, making the Bonnie's advantage 18, 48-30, but Drummond exploded down the lane for a dunk, and he made a free throw after being fouled, on Loyola's next possession.
Shane Walker then knocked down a three from the top left of the perimeter with 7:19 to go, and the Bonnies' lead was single-digits for the first time in 20 minutes, one second.
St. Bonaventure scored four of the next five points, however, to momentarily stop the run.
Drummond, however, scored six points in a row to pull the Greyhounds within 70-64 at the 4:06 mark, but that was as close as they would get.
Demitrius Conger led St. Bonaventure, which shot 57.9-percent from the field, with 20 points, and Nicholson had 18.
The Greyhounds continue their six-game road trip on Thursday with a 1 o'clock game at the nation's current No. 3 team, Kentucky in Rupp Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on many Fox Sports affiliates.