Dec. 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland missed just two of its first 10 shots in Friday night's eight minutes, but the Greyhounds were just 12-of-46 (26.1-percent) in the final 32, and Bucknell University defeated Loyola, 66-46, on Friday night in a sold-out Reitz Arena.
Dylon Cormier scored his eighth point of the game with a fast-break pull-up jumper at 15:38 to put the Greyhounds (9-4 overall) in front 14-8, and after a Bison miss on their offensive end, Jordan Latham hit a 20 footer off an Erik Etherly assist.
Bucknell (12-2), which entered the game ranked sixth in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 while Loyola was 20th, came back to tie the game at 18-18 on a Joe Willman layup with 7:00 left in the first half.
The Greyhounds, however, jumped back in front when Anthony Winbush pulled down one of his nine rebounds and laid the ball on the next possession.
Bucknell tied the game with two Steven Kaspar free throws 11 seconds later, the first points in a 16-3 Bison run that would put them up 34-23 with two-plus ticks before halftime on a Mike Muscala driving basket.
Muscala recorded his fifth 20-point game of the season, leading all players with 29 on 13-of-21 shooting. He also had eight rebounds, tying Willman for game-high honors.
Loyola was within 11 twice during the second half, the first on a Franz Rassman turnaround, and the second on a Julius Brooks hook, but Bucknell answered on the ensuing possessions both times, and the Bison continued to build their lead.
"We started to do a lot of things differently (after the early lead), and they were not things that a successful team does," Head Coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We had only eight assists, but we had 11 turnovers. We didn't drive and kick (the ball). We didn't defend well for stretches, and we didn't move the ball on offense."
Cormier was the only Loyola player in double figures, finishing with 13, but after scoring eight in the less than five minutes, he did not score again until hitting two free throws with 8:43 left in the game.
Winbush had nine rebounds, seven in the first half.
Muscala was one of four Bison in double figures. Bryson Johnson had 11 to go with five assists and a pair of steals, while William and Cameron Ayers tallied 10.
Loyola is back in action on Sunday night at 7 p.m. (Central)/8 p.m. (Eastern) at the University of Memphis in a game that will be televised in the Baltimore area on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.