Loyola juniors Warren Parker, Wes Unseld and Jerry Hunt dominated both the inside and the outside as the No. 7 Dons turned their Catholic League showdown at Calvert Hall into a laugher last night.
With Calvert Hall missing its first eight shots of the third quarter and first 10 of the fourth, Loyola broke open a 33-26 halftime lead and coasted past the No. 8 Cardinals, 66-45, silencing a standing-room-only crowd at Calvert Hall.
"We knew it would be an electrifying atmosphere," said Hunt, who scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. "We wanted to jump on them early and let them know it wasn't going to be easy."
Parker finished with 16 points and Unseld, who connected on six of seven from the field, had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Dons.
"We were able to get ahead and then we controlled the ballgame," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage. "It's a big road win for us and we played well."
The victory was the third straight in the Catholic League for the Dons (12-5), raising their league record to 3-2. Calvert Hall dropped to 9-5 and 3-2.
Loyola opened the game by hitting its first three field goals and built a 7-2 lead on a three-pointer by Parker about two minutes into the game. Calvert Hall cut the lead to 8-7 the next three minutes, but the Dons closed the quarter with a 9-2 run. Parker scored the last five points in the final minute on another three-pointer and a pair of free throws for a 17-9 Loyola lead after the first quarter.
Calvert Hall scored eight of the first 10 second-quarter points, the last four coming on drives by Luther Alexander, to cut the lead to 19-17 with five minutes left in the half.
But Loyola, which hit 11 of 20 first-half shots, went on a 14-5 spurt as Unseld scored six to open the largest lead of the half, 33-22, with 30 seconds left before intermission.
Calvert Hall cut the halftime lead to 33-26 with two late baskets.
Loyola opened the second half with an Unseld tap-in and a pair of drives from Steve Kraning (10 points) and the lead ballooned to 44-30 before Alexander made the first Calvert Hall field goal of the second half with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Calvert Hall's shooting problems continued in the fourth quarter as Loyola opened a 65-40 lead before Mike Armstrong made the first Cardinals basket of the final quarter with 40 seconds to play.
The Cardinals finished 5-for-27 in the second half and junior guard Jeremy Baker made two of 15 field-goal tries for the game.