Stags Hold Off Men's Basketball; Hounds Open Home Schedule Friday
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Andre Walker scored a game-high 27 points for Loyola University Maryland, but four Fairfield University players tallied 11 or more, and the Stags defeated the Greyhounds, 64-52, at Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday night.
Walker made five 3-pointers in the game and logged his 13th career game with 20 or more points. He scored 20 of his points in the second half and in the process moved into 19th at Loyola in career points (1,260).
He was on the assisting end of a Cam Gregory dunk with 8:02 remaining in the first half that gave Loyola an 18-11 lead, but Jonathan Kasibabu scored on the opposite end for the Stags, starting a 19-3 run to close the half.
Fairfield (2-0 overall) first took the lead, 20-18, on a Tyler Nelson 3-pointer, but Isaiah Hart responded with a floater in the lane for the Greyhounds (0-2), drawing Loyola even with 3:58 on the clock. That basket, however, was the Greyhounds' final field goal of the half, and they would score just one more point before the break on a Brent Holcombe free throw.
The Stags took a 30-21 lead into the locker room, and while Andrew Kostecka scored the second half's first points on two free throws for Loyola, Fairfield scored seven of the next nine points to break open a 14-point advantage, 37-23, on a Matija Milin layup.
Fairfield's lead stretched to 43-26 on a layup and free throw by Kasibabu at 15:08, but it would be Loyola's turn to go on a run.
Walker bookended a Cam Gregory layup with two 3-pointers, the second coming at 11:58 to make it 43-35 Fairfield. The Stags, however, scored five-straight, and Loyola would not get closer than eight for the remainder of the game.
Milin led Fairfield with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while Kasibabu and Nelson each tallied 12. Ferron Flavors Jr. added 11 and nine rebounds.
Gregory had seven points and a team-high eight rebounds for Loyola, while James Fives, Kostecka and Hart each scored five.
The Greyhounds open their home schedule on Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m. when they host Towson University in Reitz Arena.