Loyola mounts valiant comeback only to fall just short at Richmond Area basketball roundup

January 07, 1992

Loyola College made up all but one of a 17-point second-half deficit, but the University of Richmond hung on for a 68-64 non-conference victory at the Robins Center in Virginia last night.

Down 59-42 when Kenny Wood followed a shot with 6:47 left, the Greyhounds (3-7) closed to 65-64 with 35 seconds to go. Michael Reese had 10 of the 22 Loyola points, and Tracy Bergan and Kevin Anderson completed the run with six points each. They wrapped it up with a 12-1 run in a four-minute span.

Loyola shot 60 percent from the field in gaining a 32-28 halftime lead, but the Spiders scored the first 11 points in the opening six minutes of the second half.

Reese finished with a game-high 31 points. Reserve Kevin Anderson was the only other Greyhound in double figures with 11.

The Greyhounds also got a solid game from point guard Bergan, who finished with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and one turnover in 34 minutes.

Scoring leader Kevin Green made only three of 11 shots from the floor for six points, ending his string of consecutive double-figure games at 41. The senior guard is averaging 17 shots a game, but was hounded by a harassing Richmond defense.

Loyola, taking a third straight loss, shot 52.8 percent from the field to 44 for the Spiders (their average). Curtis Blair led the winners with 14 points.

Richmond made five fewer field goals, but four more from three-point range, and dominated the boards, 38-24. The home team also shot 15 more free throws and had a 10-point margin at the line.

* TENNESSEE 77, TOWSON STATE 70: Chuck Lightening did his job on one end of the court, curtailing the scoring of Tennessee All-America candidate Allan Houston.

But he scored only six points at the offensive end, 12 under his season average. The 6-foot-5 senior made two of 11 shots from the field and was little help to teammate Terrance Jacobs, who tied his career high with 29 points.

"Chuck's offense was retarded a little bit because he was working so hard on Allan Houston," Towson coach Terry Truax said. "I also think he forced a few things on offense and was relying too much on perimeter shots."

Towson State fell to 3-8. Tennessee (8-3) won its seventh straight game.

Houston came into the game averaging 22 points a game and shooting 50.5 percent from the field. But Lightening pushed the Vols' leading scorer out, forcing him into 25-foot jump shots. Houston made just five of 13 field-goal attempts.

"That's all I heard about from the guys on the team, Houston, Houston, Houston," Lightening said. "I worked hard on defense, but I didn't do anything on offense. It was frustrating. I'm a senior and I didn't contribute."

* N.C. A&T 98, MORGAN 67: Fresh off its first victory of the season, Morgan State (1-10) had problems both protecting and shooting the ball, and the result was a humiliating loss to North Carolina A&T (4-4) before a less than enthusiastic crowd of 900 at Hill Field House.

Morgan shot 40.6 percent from the field and committed 33 turnovers in losing its first league game. Freshman point guard ,, Phillip Downs, making his first start and playing in just his third game of the season, committed a game-high 13 turnovers in 29 minutes.

* NAVY 84, DREXEL 71: The Midshipmen (3-7) applied an effective defensive blanket to Drexel (3-7) and rode a free-throw surge to victory at Annapolis.

The Dragons made 10 of 31 first-half shots while falling behind by 10 at intermission and never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Navy hit 13 consecutive free throws and finished 33-for-37 from the line to end a two-game Drexel winning streak.

"We've been practicing a lot [from the line]," said Navy center Nick Marusich, who had a game-high 21 points. "The last game we won against Bradley was on free throws, and tonight the same thing kept us in it."

* WINTHROP 62, COPPIN 59: A pair of foul shots by Carlo Wilkins with 12 seconds left clinched the non-conference victory for Winthrop (4-6) in Rock Hill, S.C.

The lead changed hands eight times in the last eight minutes, the last when Winthrop built a 60-56 lead in the final minute. Keith Carmichael's three-point shot brought Coppin (5-4) within a point, but moments later Sidney Goodman was called for a foul against Wilkins. Tariq Saunders attempted to rescue a tie, but his shot was wide at the buzzer.

* JOHNS HOPKINS 77, CASE WESTERN 64: Host Hopkins improved to 8-0 and 4-0 as sophomore guard Luke Busby scored 27 and forward Jay Gangemi added 17 in a University Athletic Association contest. The win ran the Blue Jays' unbeaten string to eight, a school record for consecutive wins.

* CLARK 84, ST. MARY'S 77: Clark University, a Worcester, Mass., school in the midst of a three-game Maryland swing, opened a five-point lead early in the second half and held on. St. Mary's fell to 5-5.

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