Dec. 21, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Freddie Stanback led Loyola with 16 points and had the Greyhounds in position to win at RAC Arena on Tuesday night. It was UMBC's Rob Gogerty, however, who came up with five points in the game's final 44 seconds to give the Retrievers a 58-53 win at home.
"Am I disappointed," says Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. "Yes, I'm disappointed. I want to win games. Our team played hard, they played good and we're getting better - I'm happy about that, but not about losing."
In a defensive-oriented first half, both teams struggled to get good shots off. The Retrieves held a 4-2 lead at the first media timeout (15:07), but coming out of the second timeout (7:51), freshman Brad Farrell hit a pair of free throws to give the `Hounds their first lead.
After Stanback's lay-up to increase the Loyola lead to 19-14, UMBC rallied with a 7-0 run to take the lead back. An even played first-half ended in a 23-23 tie with both squads shooting 29 percent from the field.
The first field goal of the second half belonged to the Greyhounds and it was a big one. Sophomore Shane James set the Greyhounds off and nailed a three-pointer at 15:31 to give Loyola a 28-26 lead. Freshman Brad Farrell's three-pointer extended the lead to 31-27 at 14:40 and James' triple at 10:20 gave Loyola a 38-29 advantage.
UMBC rallied again, scoring 11 of the game's next 12 points to take the lead back from the Greyhounds. Junior Linton Hinds, who played his first game of the season after a shoulder injury forced him to miss Loyola's first seven games, got the momentum back on Loyola's side.
After a nice spin move to give the Greyhounds a one-point lead, Hinds picked up a big blocked shot to help the `Hounds jump ahead 44-40.
"I felt good today," says Hinds. "I was a little rusty and made some bad decisions down the stretch, but feel very good to be playing again."
Loyola held its lead until Gogerty's shot with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. Gogerty, who scored five of UMBC's final seven points, finished the game with five total points while teammate Andrew Feeley led all scorers with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Stanback added a game-high four steals to his 16 points, James added 12 points and Farrell scored 10 in the loss. Loyola, 1-7 on the year, now heads to Princeton for a New Year's Eve game at Jadwin Gymnasium.