Late Free Throws Give American Win Over Men's Hoops
WASHINGTON, D.C. - American University's Andrija Matic was fouled on an offensive rebound attempt with less than one second remaining, and he made the front end of two at the free-throw line, giving the Eagles a 67-66 victory Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action.
Loyola will host College of the Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 1, in the Patriot League Championships First Round as the eight seed. The game will be a rematch of last year's first round when the seeds were flipped and the Crusaders were the home team.
Andre Walker, who scored a game-high 25 points and went 6-of-6 from 3-point range, scored five points in the last 34 seconds of the second half to tie the game for Loyola.
Walker's six 3-pointers were a career-high. His 6-of-6 effort tied Marquis Sullivan's school record Feb. 14, 2007, verus Rider) for most threes made in a game without a miss, and the six are tied for seventh-most by a Loyola player in a game.
American (11-18 overall, 9-9 Patriot League) led 66-61 on two Jesse Reed free throws with 42 seconds left, but Walker buried a three with 33 ticks left to get Loyola within two.
The Greyhounds (9-20, 8-10) fouled Charlie Jones, but he missed both free throws with 29 seconds left.
Walker then was fouled with 13 seconds showing, and he made both foul shots to know the game at 66-66. The Eagles got the ball into the frontcourt before calling a timeout with 10 seconds remaining.
Delante Jones, who had a team-best 18 points, rejected a screen at the top of the perimeter and drove left. Walker stayed with him, and Jones missed a 12-foot baseline jumper that went off the back of the rim. Matic, however, was fouled going up for the rebound.
Neither American, nor Loyola, led by more than eight points in the game, and the largest advantage of the second half was only five.
Loyola took a 61-60 lead on two James Fives free throws with 2:14 remaining, but American made six free throws on its next three possessions, to go up five on Reed's last pair.
Cam Gregory posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He helped Loyola control a 35-30 advantage on the boards.
Tyler Hubbard was the only other Loyola player to score with five points. His 3-pointer with 1:50 into the game was the 186th of his career, tying him for third place all-time at Loyola. He has matched the 1996-2000 total of Jason Rowe.