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Rider Stuns Men's Basketball With Late Rally

Shane James scored 10 points against Rider on Saturday afternoon.
Shane James scored 10 points against Rider on Saturday afternoon.

Jan. 8, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Rider sophomore Terrance Mouton connected on three three-point baskets inside the final two minutes of Saturday's game at Reitz Arena to rally the Broncs past Loyola 75-71. The Greyhounds controlled for the first 36 minutes and built a 12-point with 3:36 remaining, but Mouton's hot-hand spoiled Loyola's first win streak in four years.

"This was a crushing defeat," says freshman Brad Farrell. "After a big win over VMI on Wednesday night, we really thought we had another win the bag. We helped out too much in the post and left Mouton open. I gave up two wide-open three-point baskets myself and you can't do that and still win."

Loyola got off to a good start and held a 28-21 lead on senior Bernard Allen's lay-in with five minutes to go in the first half. Rider cut the lead to three, but baskets by Farrell and junior Charlie Bell had the `Hounds up 33-28 at the half.

Senior Jim Chivers set the tone early in the second half with a power dunk to extend Loyola's cushion to eight points. The Greyhounds upped their lead to 10 points with a great shooting day (55 percent for the game) and earned their biggest lead of the game at 3:36 when junior Linton Hinds drove the lane and gave Loyola a 65-53 advantage.

Mouton's first three came at 1:51 and it cut Loyola's lead to four points. His second three-pointer pulled Rider within one and his third triple, with 40 seconds remaining in regulation, gave the Broncs a 69-68 lead.

"We were playing good, having fun, up by 12 points," says Allen. "The next thing I know, I look up at the scoreboard and we're trailing. That hurts."

Rider's Jerry Johnson drove a dagger in Loyola's heart when he drove the lane and completed an old-fashion three-point play to put Rider up 72-68 with 27 seconds left in regulation. The Greyhounds, however, would not fold and battled back.



After another dunk from Chivers to pull Loyola within two points, the Greyhounds forced a Rider turnover and forced the Broncs to call a timeout they didn't have. Freshman Freddie Stanback made one of his two technical foul shots to make the score 72-71 with 11 ticks on the clock.

After a pair of successful free throws from Mouton, Loyola went for the tie with sophomore Shane James stepping back and firing a three-pointer. His shot rattled in and out and Rider held on to stay perfect in the MAAC this season.

Farrell and Hinds each finished with 13 points for the `Hounds. James added 10 and Allen pulled downs a team-high eight rebounds. Loyola is now 1-2 in the MAAC and 2-10 on the year. Rider, behind Mouton's 20 points, improves to 7-5 overall and leads the MAAC with a 4-0 mark.

Loyola returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts MAAC foe Marist at Reitz Arena. Game times is slated for 7 p.m.

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