Rassman's OT Game-Winner Gives Men's Basketball Win At Barclays Center

Dec. 28, 2014

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BROOKLYN - Tyler Hubbard saved a rebound from going out of bounds, found Franz Rassman under the basket, and Rassman laid in the game-winner with nine-tenths of a second left Sunday evening to give Loyola University Maryland a 61-59 victory over Fairfield University at Barclays Center.

After a Loyola timeout with 20 seconds left in the extra period, Eric Laster drove the right side of the lane and got off a shot that went off the rim and left of the basket. It was deflected and headed out of bounds when Hubbard jumped to save it.

He found Rassman waiting under the basket, delivered a clean pass, and the junior forward laid it in to provide the winning points.

Fairfield took a timeout after Rassman's basket, but their last ditch effort fell well short, securing the Greyhounds' win.

Loyola (4-7 overall) led for the majority of the first half before the Stags (4-8) grabbed the advantage with under seven minutes to play in the half. Fairfield extended its lead to six, 29-23, at the break when Tyler Nelson grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed Stags free throw and laid it in at the buzzer.

The Stags made 1-of-2 at the free-throw line 20 seconds into the second half, but the Greyhounds quickly scored the next five points to make it 30-28 on a traditional 3-point play by Andre Walker at 17:24.

Fairfield, however, stretched it back to seven when Marcus Gilbert made a traditional 3-point with 12:20 left in regulation.

Loyola slowly chipped away at the margin, pulling within a pair, 44-42, on a Laster 20-foot jumper at 7:55. The Stags missed a three on their offensive end, and Laster had a breakaway layup blocked by Marcus Gilbert.

Laster, however, grabbed his own rebound and found a trailing Hubbard who hit a three to put the Greyhounds in front, 45-44.

The lead changed hands four times after that and was tied six times in the final seven minutes. Gilbert made two free throws at 1:30 to put Fairfield in front, 55-53, but a Laster layup with 1:16 on the clock knotted the score. Neither Loyola, nor the Stags, would score for the remainder of regulation.

K.J. Rose scored the first points of the extra period on a fast-break layup 52 seconds in, but Hubbard knocked down his fourth three of the game to push Loyola in front.

Amadou Sidibe got the ball under the basket for the Stags after an unsettled situation, and his layup gave them back the advantage, 59-58, with 2:17 to go.

Sidibe, however, fouled out on Loyola's next possession, and Cam Gregory made 1-of-2 from the line to tie the game with 1:53 on the clock.

Hubbard led all scorers with 21 points, while Walker scored 14 and had a career-high nine rebounds and five steals.

Gilbert scored 14 for the Stags, and Sidibe had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Loyola held Fairfield to 34.5 percent from the field, 23.5 percent from 3-point range. The Greyhounds also outrebounded the Stags by nine, 45-36.

The win, which was the Greyhounds' fifth-straight over their former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival, was Loyola's second buzzer-beater of the season, both coming in New York City. The Greyhounds also beat Columbia University on a last-second Laster jumper on Dec. 2.

Loyola opens Patriot League action on Wednesday, Dec. 31, in Annapolis, Maryland, with a 4 p.m. game at the U.S. Naval Academy.