Men's Basketball Rallies From 17 Down To Beat Lehigh In Double OT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Andre Walker and Sam Norton scored on back-to-back possessions with under two minutes to go in the second overtime period Wednesday, pushing Loyola University Maryland into a lead it would not give up, and the Greyhounds clipped host Lehigh University, 91-88, in Patriot League action.
Walker finished with his first collegiate double-double, scoring 32 points to go with a career-best 12 rebounds. Cam Gregory added 18 of his career-high 24 points after halftime for the Greyhounds, and he had nine rebounds. Loyola finished with 50 rebounds, the second-most in school single-game history behind a 52-rebound performance earlier this season.
Lehigh (8-12 overall, 3-6 Patriot League) jumped out to an 11-point lead, 15-4, in the game's first six minutes, an advantage it extended to 16 on a Caleb Bennett basket with 11:13 to go before halftime.
Bennett later made it 29-12 Mountain Hawks with a transition dunk at 7:54, and the Greyhounds (6-14, 4-5) were down 17.
A three by Walker with less than 25 seconds to go in the first half pulled Loyola within 10 at the break, 38-28. Walker and Lehigh's Lance Tejada traded 3-pointers on consecutive possessions early in the second half, and the Mountain Hawks lead was 41-31, but a Gregory transition basket at 18:16 pulled the Lehigh advantage under 10 for a long stretch.
Two Chuck Champion free throws at 12:37 made it a three-point game, 44-41, but Pat Andree made a three 18 seconds later, and he converted in the paint at 11:52 to push the Mountain Hawks back up eight.
Isaiah Hart broke the Lehigh scoring stretch with a Greyhounds' runner, and a Gregory bucket at 9:59 made it 49-46, but the Mountain Hawks went back up by six less a minute later on another Andree three.
Kahron Ross extended the Mountain Hawks' lead to nine with a fast-break layup at 6:20, and Bennett scored in the paint at 5:12 to make it 64-53 Lehigh. The lead was back at 11 for Lehigh after two Ross free throws at 4:37, but the Greyhounds began pressing off made baskets to quickly trim the deficit.
Gregory converted two free throws at 4:22, and Walker had a putback layup at 4:11 to draw the Greyhounds within seven, 66-59. Another Walker steal led to him making two free throws at 3:53 to get Loyola within five.
After those made foul shots, Andrew Kostecka had a steal for Loyola, and Norton made one of two at the free throw line for the Greyhounds. Kostecka came up with another steal - he had five total - and was fouled, hitting two free throws with 3:41 on the clock. Those points made it 66-64 Mountain Hawks.
Kostecka grabbed another steal, the fifth in as many Lehigh possession for Loyola, and after two misfired shots, Gregory converted in the paint to tie the game at 66-66.
After that basket, Lehigh was able to advance over halfcourt for the first time in five possessions, but Kostecka had a steal in the open-court with 2:30 on the clock. On the offensive end, he drove and kicked to Gregory for a basket at 2:10 left, giving Loyola its first lead of the game.
Tejada tied the game with two free throws 14 seconds later, but Gregory converted again in the paint at 1:41, pushing Loyola up by two.
Andree responded with a three from the top of the perimeter for Lehigh, giving the Mountain Hawks a 71-70 lead with 1:23 to play in regulation. Gregory, however, scored again off a Kostecka assist with a minute on the clock, putting Loyola up a point.
Both teams had turnovers before Tejada was fouled going to the basket with 10 seconds on the second-half clock. He missed the first free throw, but he made the second to tie the game at 72-72. Loyola's late shot attempts were off the mark, and the teams headed to overtime.
Hart gave Loyola an early lead with a floater at 4:21 in the first overtime, but Ross responded with a pull-up jumper at 3:53.
Later in the extra period, Marques Wilson made one of two at the line with 1:14 remaining, and Lehigh led, 79-77.
Walker drove and fed Gregory for a bucket with 51 ticks on the clock, tying the game with what would be the last points for either team in the first overtime.
Tejada made two 3-pointers for Lehigh in the second overtime's first 75 seconds, wrapped around two Kostecka free throws, to give the Mountain Hawks a four-point advantage, 85-81.
Norton, however, caught a Walker feed and knocked down a three from the right corner at 2:32, and the Greyhounds were within a point.
Bennett was whistled for an offensive foul on Lehigh's next possession, and Walker made a pull-up jumper with 1:49 left to put Loyola in front. After a missed Ross jumper, Walker drove and fed Norton for a layup at 1:05, giving the Greyhounds an 88-85 lead.
The Mountain Hawks had a shot-clock violation on their ensuing possession, and Kostecka made the second of two free throws with 30.1 showing, pushing the advantage to four. Two Walker free throws with 18 seconds left made it a six-point game, but Kyle Lefroy hit a three on the left side for Lehigh, and Loyola's lead was down to three, 91-88.
The Greyhounds could not convert on two free throws after Lefroy's three, but threes by Ross and Tejada rimmed out, and Loyola left with the win.
In addition to the 56 combined points by Walker and Gregory, Kostecka scored 12, and Norton had eight.
Five Lehigh players - Wilson (19), Ross (15), Tejada (15), Bennett (12) and Andree (11) - scored in double-figures.
Loyola controlled a 50-37 advantage on the boards. Walker and Gregory combined for 21, while Kostecka tied his season-high with eight, and Norton had six. The 50 rebounds are the second-most in school single-game history behind 52 posted in November against Goucher College.
The Greyhounds finished with a season-high 15 steals, a total good for a tie for 12th in school history. Kostecka finished with five steals, Walker had four, and Gregory and Hart each had two.
Walker's 30 field goals attempted tied the school single-game mark, matching Mike Morrison's total in a March 2, 1988 game against UMBC. The Greyhounds' 43 free throws attempted are tied for ninth-most in school history.
Loyola is back in action at home on Saturday, January 27 when it hosts Army West Point in a 4 p.m. game.