Tracy Bergan could afford to gloat a little last night, and he did in the final minutes of Loyola College's 63-57 upset victory over Siena College at Reitz Arena.
Bergan taunted Siena's highly touted senior guard Marc Brown down the stretch after beating Brown for a couple of big baskets that enabled the Greyhounds to win their second straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game.
Bergan, a solid sophomore guard whose press clippings couldn't match Brown's, was finishing what Brown had started earlier in the game.
Brown, an All-America candidate who entered the game with a 19.7 average, pointed his finger at Bergan in the first half after tossing in a three-point shot with 5 minutes, 30 seconds remaining before halftime.
It was only Brown's second basket of the game, but it helped Siena go on a 20-10 run that reduced Loyola's lead to 31-26 at halftime.
However, it wasn't a night for Brown to be cocky.
Bergan outplayed Brown most of the evening en route to 24 points, six assists and two steals. Brown had 17 points, one assist and two steals.
Bergan also hit a looping shot over Brown with one minute left in the game, giving Loyola (8-10, 2-6) a 60-57 lead.
Bergan pointed his finger at Brown after hitting the shot that seemed to break Siena's (5-4, 13-7) spirit.
The Saints threw the ball away 13 seconds later, and Loyola closed the scoring with free throw by Mike Malone and a dunk by George Sereikas.
It was a 40-point turnaround for Loyola against Siena, which had beaten the Greyhounds, 76-42, Jan. 11 in Loudonville, N.Y.
Kevin Green contributed 19 points for Loyola and Mike Wagner had 10 rebounds.