Balanced Effort Gives Men's Basketball Win Over Gophers
BALTIMORE - Five Loyola University Maryland men's basketball players scored in double-figures, and the Greyhounds held visiting Goucher College to 28.1 percent from the floor Tuesday night cruising to a 97-45 victory in Reitz Arena.
The 52-point margin of victory is the second-largest in school history, topped only by an 82-27 victory in February 1947 against Gallaudet University.
Brent Holcombe registered his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Cam Gregory and Andrew Kostecka tied for game-high honors with 17 points. Andre Walker added 14 points and five assists, while James Fives tallied 10 points and six rebounds.
Ten Greyhounds played 10 or more minutes and no player saw more than 21 minutes of action. Isaiah Hart had five assists without a turnover in his first starting role, while Sam Norton also made his first career start, chipping in seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Loyola (1-3 overall) scuffled slightly out of the gate, trailing 8-5 five minutes in after Devon Esslinger knocked down a jumper for the Gophers, but Walker scored four straight, and Loyola was in front for the remainder of the game.
A Hart layup gave the Greyhounds an 17-11 advantage at 11:52, and Kostecka scored in transition two possessions later for Loyola. Pat Goralski scored for Goucher on its next trip down the court, but the Greyhounds reeled off 25 of the next 29 points, taking a 44-17 lead at halftime.
An Esslinger jumper with under 15 seconds in the period was the only Gophers' points in the final seven minutes, 50 seconds of the frame.
Loyola quickly pushed its lead to more than 30, 50-19, on a Gregory layup, and a Kostecka three with 8:26 in regulation made it a 42-point advantage, 76-34.
The Greyhounds dished out 24 assists on 34 made field goals, their highest total since posting 24 on March 1, 2013, at Iona College.
Dwayne Morton led Goucher with 10 points on 4 of 16 from the field, while Esslinger had nine points and 11 rebounds.
The win wrapped up a two-game homestand for Loyola, and the Greyhounds now head on the row for their next four. A two-game swing to New England faces Loyola after Thanksgiving, starting with a Sunday, November 26, game at UMass Lowell and ending on Tuesday, November 28, at Dartmouth College.