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First-Half Run, Late Free Throws Gives Men's Hoops Win Over Lafayette

Jan. 30, 2016

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland used a 16-0 first-half run to take a 16-point halftime, and the Greyhounds then made all six of their free throws in the game's final 28 seconds to seal an 84-77 Patriot League victory over visiting Lafayette College Saturday night.

The Greyhounds took a 46-30 halftime lead and were ahead 21 early in the second half, but Lafayette closed to within a point, 78-77, on a Bryce Scott jumper with 28.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

Andre Walker, Franz Rassman and Jarred Jones all made pairs of free throws there after, and Loyola (6-14 overall, 5-4 Patriot League) did not allow Lafayette (5-15, 2-7) to score on its final three possessions. The Greyhounds shot 84.6 percent from the charity stripe in the game, making 22-of-26.

Lafayette took a 19-13 lead with 9:06 left in the first half when Scott scored a transition bucket, but the Greyhounds started their 16-0 run when Jones was fouled nine seconds later and made the front-end of two from the line.

A Rassman steal on Lafayette's ensuing possession started a transition run where Tyler Hubbard knocked donw the first of three-consecutive 3-pointers. Hubbard's threes came within 50 seconds of each other, and the first and last were assisted by Matt Staubi. The final put Loyola in front, 23-19, at 7:48.

After Nick Gorski made 1-of-2 at the line, Jones converted a traditional 3-point play with a layup and free throw at 6:23, and Eric Laster caught a long Walker outlet pass to score with 5:54 on the clock.

Laster's basket put Loyola up 10, 29-19, capping the run. Hubbard would hit two more threes later in the half, the second coming with 2:05 showing to make it a 40-26 Loyola lead.

A Laster putback with 55 seconds before halftime and a Rassman hook shot out of a Greyhounds' timeout pushed the advantage to 18, 46-28, before Nick Lindner scored for Lafayette on a stepback 15-footer just over five seconds before the break.

Chancellor Barnard scored 40 seconds into the second half, and after Paulius Zalys tallied a Lafayette basket 20 seconds later, Walker converted a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw to push the lead to 51-32 at 18:34.

Jones sored in the paint at 17:50, making the lead 21, 53-32.

Lafayette, however scored the next nine points, cutting its deficit to 53-41 on a Ben Freeland 18-foot jumper with 14:11 on the clock. Rassman scored the next four loyola points, his second basket making the score 57-43 at 12:06, but the Leopards scored the next six to get within eight on an Auston Evans runner at 10:56.

Staubi fed Chancellor Barnard cutting to the basket on an inbound play, and Barnard hit the basket, drew contact and made a free torw to put the lead back to 11, 60-49, at 10:39.

A Gorski turnaround jumper at 9:35 again made Loyola's advantage 11, 64-53, but Lafayette scored five in a row to trim the lead to six with just under seven minutes to play.

Rassman scored and was fouled, hitting the free throw with 5:14 remaining to push the score to 73-64, but Lafayette drew within a point, 76-75 on two Matt Klinewski free throws with 2:19 on the clock.

Jones would hit a pair of free throws at 1:57 to push the lead back to three, and the score remained stagnant at 78-75 until Scott's jumper with just over 28 ticks left.

Walker was fouled on the ensuing inbound play and made two free throws with 27.5 seconds left, and he then blocked a Scott layup seven seconds later. The ball went off Lafayette and out of bounds, but Walker was trapped in the corner on the inbound play.

He heaved a pass to Rassman in the middle of the court, and he was fouled by Klinewski before sinking a pair at the charity stripe with 14.2 left.

With Loyola's lead at five, Scott lost the handle when trying to pull up for a three, and Jones came away with the loose ball before being fouled with 7.9 left. His two free throws proved the final difference.

Hubbard led Loyola with 17 points, all coming in the first half, while Jones tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Walker added 14 points and five assists, while Rassman had 13 points and five rebounds. Barnard tallied nine points, as well, for the Greyhounds. Staubi added four assists off the bench for the Greyhounds.

Monty Boykins knocked down four 3-pointers, three in the first half, to pace Lafayette with 18 points. Scott added 15, while Klinewski scored 14 and had seven rebounds.

The Greyhounds committed a season-low four turnovers, and they turned 10 Lafayette miscues into 15 points. Loyola's four turnovers are its fewest since it had three in a Jan. 13, 2013, win over Canisius College.

Loyola makes a quick turnaround for its next game. The Greyhounds host Colgate University at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, in Reitz Arena.






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