NEW YORK -- Loyola shaved it closer than coach Tom Schneider would have liked, but Kevin Green made a 17-foot jump shot with one second left, and the Greyhounds upset Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-leading Manhattan, 77-75, at Draddy Gymnasium yesterday.
With the teams tied at 75 in the last 45 seconds, Loyola, interrupting its ball-control tactics with two timeouts, ran the clock down to five seconds, and guard Tracy Bergan fed Green, who put the shot up with a Manhattan defender's hand in his face.
The Jaspers were hard-pressed to defend Loyola's outside shooting. Bergan had 23 points, Green 19, and reserve Kevin Anderson 13. They were a combined 8-for-15 from long range. Loyola shot better than 50 percent from the field for the fourth time in its past five games (three wins), including 65 percent (15-for-23) in the second half.
The basket capped a seesaw final five minutes. A three-point goal by Bergan, who had three of them down the stretch, had given Loyola a 65-64 lead. Earlier, Manhattan had mounted a seemingly secure 60-51 cushion with a 9-0 run.
Manhattan opened a 69-65 margin, but a three-pointer by Bergan was followed by baskets from Brian Pendleton and Anderson for a 72-69 Greyhounds edge. Charles Dubra and Bergan exchanged three-pointers, and Carey Edwards hit one for the home team to tie it at 75 with 45 seconds left.
In the first half, Loyola led much of the way, building its largest lead at 32-22. Manhattan climbed to within three, before the visitors took a 35-31 halftime lead.
The loss was only the second in the MAAC for Manhattan; three games ago, Iona handed the Jaspers their first league loss.
Keith Bullock led the Jaspers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Jamal Marshall scored 15.
Loyola was almost as successful in the first meeting between the teams in December in Baltimore, losing in overtime, 79-75.