Walker’s 27 Points Leads Men’s Hoops To Win Over Boston University
BALTIMORE - Andre Walker tied his season-high with 27 points, scoring 16 in the second half to lead the Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball team to a 68-65 Patriot League victory over visiting Boston University in Reitz Arena Friday night.
Walker, who is now averaging 22.3 points in three conference games this year, also had a game-clinching steal with 0.6 seconds left, finishing with two steals, four rebounds and four assists in addition to his point total.
Andrew Kostecka made 6 of 8 shots, including two of his three from behind the arc, off the bench to tally 14 points. Kostecka’s defensive effort made an impact, as well; he had three blocked shots and two steals for the Greyhounds (4-10 overall, 2-1 Patriot League) who moved into a tie for first in the conference.
KaVaughn Scott grabbed nine rebounds and scored eight points for Loyola, and he set a career-high with four blocked shots.
Boston University (6-8, 2-1) scored the first points of the second half on a Max Mahoney layup, but points in the paint by Cam Gregory and Scott pushed Loyola up seven, 38-31, just over a minute into the stanza.
Cedric Hankerson knocked down a free-throw line jumper for the Terriers at 18:45, but Walker then hit threes on consecutive possessions to give the Greyhounds an 11-point advantage. His first three came when Loyola inbounded the ball with one second on the shot clock. He caught a pass from Chuck Champion, turned a fired from the left corner to make the shot with 18:09 left in regulation.
The Terriers connected on jumpers on two of their next three possessions to cut their deficit to nine, but Walker scored with baskets of his own to push Loyola back up by 11.
Boston University, however, went on a 9-0 run to cut the Loyola lead to 48-46 after a Tyler Scanlon free throw at 13:03.
Kostecka made one of his two threes off a Walker assist on Loyola’s next possession, and he then hit a jumper in the lane to make it 53-46 in favor of the Greyhounds.
Scanlon and Mahoney scored the next five points for the Terriers, and Boston University was again within a pair, 53-51 at 10:27. Chuck Champion knocked down a three for Loyola at 9:18, pushing the advantage back to five, and a Walker basket at 6:16 put the lead to eight, 6:16.
The Terriers trimmed the lead to three on a Mahoney basket at 3:21, and after Scott scored one of two at the line for Loyola, Mahoney scored again to make it a 64-62 Greyhounds advantage.
Walker responded with a runner that rattled in with 57 seconds left, pushing Loyola ahead four. Javante McCoy hit a three for the Terriers with 16 seconds on the clock, making it a one-point game.
Loyola turned the ball over four seconds later against the press, but Scott forced an off-balance shot by Mahoney, and Loyola grabbed the rebound. He made two free throws in the final four seconds to secure the win.
Mahoney led Boston University with 22 points, and Scanlon had 16 to go with a game-high 10 boards.
The Greyhounds head on the road for their next game, a 7 p.m. contest on Monday, January 8, against College of the Holy Cross.