Bergan, Loyola hold off Navy, 84-77 Greyhounds halt 4-game losing streak

January 15, 1991|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Correspondent

ANNAPOLIS -- Tired of a four-game losing streak, the Loyola Greyhounds were anxious going into last night's game against Navy.

"They realized they were on the road again, and didn't want to use that as an excuse," said Loyola coach Tom Schneider of his team's fifth road game in six outings. "They came ready to play -- they didn't want to lose."

And they didn't. Guard Tracy Bergan scored 24 points and handed off 10 assists, Kevin Green had 17 points and reserve center George Sereikas added a season-high 13, as the Greyhounds won, 84-77, at Halsey Field House.

Forward Eddie Reddick led Navy with 19 points. Loyola forward Kevin Anderson had a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 12 points.

Loyola (6-8) went on a 24-1 run during a seven-minute span in the first half to take a 24-5 lead, only to be outscored, 34-13, the rest of the way to go into the half trailing 39-37. The Greyhounds fared better in the second half, building a 16-point lead, but Navy trimmed it to six. Sereikas, who had missed six free throws in a row in the second half, hit four straight in the final 63 seconds to help head off the rally.

"I feel like I was coaching in the NBA with all of those point swings," Schneider said. "It was up-tempo all the way. If I were a player, I would love to play that way."

In losing its second straight game, Navy (6-9) had another poor shooting performance. The Midshipmen shot just 30.1 percent from the field, after coming off a 33.3 percent shooting effort Saturday against William & Mary.

"We're just in a two-game slump. There were periods where we just weren't shooting well," said Navy coach Pete Herrmann after watching his team hit just five of 31 three-pointers (16.1 percent). "We got [24] offensive rebounds, forced a lot of deflections and turnovers, but we just can't shoot."

Both teams get back into conference play tomorrow. Navy (1-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association) will be host to Richmond, and Loyola (0-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will be home against La Salle.

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