Men's Basketball Closes 2009 With Win At Bucknell

Dec. 28, 2009

Final Stats

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Sophomore forward Anthony Winbush matched his career high with 17 points and the Greyhounds' defense held Bucknell to 20 percent (5-20) shooting in the first half as Loyola posted a 55-49 win Monday night at Sojka Pavilion for its third straight victory.

The Greyhounds held their second opponent under 50 points this season, the first time they have turned that trick since the 1991-1992 season. Loyola recorded a 58-41 win last month at Dartmouth.

Ahead 3-2 two minutes in, the Greyhounds scored 17 of the next 23 points to take a 20-8 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half. Winbush scored 11 of the Loyola points during the run and finished as the only double-figure scorer with the Greyhounds taking a 26-17 lead at the intermission.

Bucknell (4-9) scored eight straight during a 90-second stretch midway through the second half to pull within three points at 31-28. Loyola responded with a 13-5 run to take a 44-33 lead with 7:24 remaining on a layup by junior guard Jamal Barney. Five different Greyhounds scored with Winbush making a pair of free throws to go along with a jump hook.

The Bison would battle back to get within three points one more time at 52-49 on a Darryl Shazier three-pointer with 25 ticks remaining. Following a Bucknell timeout, Winbush connected on a court-length pass with Barney, the layup was missed but Barney's offensive rebound connected to push the lead to five once again.

In addition to Winbush's 17 points, Barney finished with 10 points for Loyola's only other double-figure scorer. Senior guard Brett Harvey and sophomore forward Shane Walker evenly split 14 points with Walker adding a team-high seven rebounds.

For the Bison, Mike Muscala came off the bench to lead the team with 10 points and Patrick Behan added nine with a game-high 10 rebounds. Bucknell made just 33.3 percent (17-51) from the floor and 52.6 percent (10-19) of its free throw attempts.

Loyola returns to conference play Saturday when it hosts Rider in Reitz Arena at 1 o'clock.