BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Loyola University Maryland opened the second half on a 19-4 run to lead by 13, but Fairfield University rallied to force overtime and pull away for a 94-88 non-conference win Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena.
Tyler Hubbard hit a three in the left corner with 13:04 to give the Greyhounds to a 59-46 lead, but back-to-back threes by Jerry Johnson, Jr., at 9:31 and 8:38 pulled Fairfield to within six, 63-57.
Chancellor Barnard, who led Loyola with a career-high 17 points, made a sweeping move across the paint to score at 6:02, and Loyola led 70-61.
A Marcus Gilbert 3-point play and two Tyler Nelson free throws at 4:30 made it 74-68 Greyhounds. Johnson sank another three for the Stags (5-5) 28 seconds later, and it was a five-point game.
Jones grabbed an offensive rebound for Loyola and scored at 3:32, and then Coleman Johnson and Andre Walker traded free throws for the teams with Walker’s making it a 78-71 Loyola lead with 2:42 left.
Those points, however, were the Greyhounds’ final of regulation.
Gilbert and Nelson scored in the paint on consecutive possessions, and after more than 90 seconds with no scoring, Gilbert got free on the left side of the lane, scored and converted a free throw after being fouled, tying the game with 14.7 ticks left.
Loyola missed a go-ahead basket with six seconds left, and the teams headed to overtime tied at 78-78.
Overtime featured two ties, but a 3-point play from Jonathan Kasibabu gave the Stags an 85-82 lead. Jones made two free throws at 1:53, getting the Greyhounds (1-9) within one, 85-84, but Johnson hit an 18-foot jumper to push the lead back to three.
Eric Laster scored on the Greyhounds’ end, making it a 87-86 Fairfield lead with just over a minute to play, but Nelson hit a three with 36 seconds on the clock.
Gilbert made four free throws to finish with a game-best 27 points, and the Stags sealed the win.
Five Greyhounds scored in double-figures, led by Barnard’s 17. Cam Gregory recorded a season-best 15 points, while Jones added 14 and a game-high nine rebounds. Hubbard scored 13, and Walker tallied 11 for Loyola.
Loyola wraps up its regular-season non-conference slate on Sunday, December 27, at Northwestern University.