Loyola holds on, tops St. Peter's, 70-65

February 18, 1992|By Special to The Sun

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Loyola College saw a 17-point lead slashed to six inside of the last six minutes, but the visitors held on for a 70-65 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at the Yanitelli Center last night.

Ahead 63-46, a pair of Kevin Green foul shots were sandwiched between bursts of 6-0 and 7-0 by St. Peter's, and the Peacocks drew within 65-59 on an Antoine Allen three-point shot with 1:22 left.

Mike Malone made it easier for Loyola with a pair of free throws 10 seconds later, and Tracy Bergan clinched it with two more foul shots with 38 seconds remaining.

St. Peter's (6-16, 2-9) took its last lead at 7:23 of the first half, 23-22. From there, the Greyhounds took off on a 16-2 run and a 38-25 halftime margin.

The visitors had their second-best foul-shooting performance of the year, making 24-of-29. Michael Reese, 6-of-6, and Green, 9-of-10, were the leaders.

Green, the second-leading scorer in the MAAC, finished with 27, seven above his average, with 18 of them coming in the second half. Reese had 14 points and equaled a career high with four assists.

For St. Peter's, Harun Ramey had team highs of 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Allen added 14 points.

Loyola (10-13, 6-6) has now won five of its last seven, including the last two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games on the road. Earlier in the year, the Greyhounds snapped an 0-18 stretch of MAAC road losses at Canisius. The six wins already surpass any previous MAAC number for a season, and the team still has four conference games to play.

All four of the games will be at Reitz Arena, beginning with Niagara Friday night.

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