No. 8 Loyola deals Mount Hebron first loss, 56-52 Boys basketball

December 12, 1992|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

No. 8 Loyola shut out upset-minded Mount Hebron for the final 3:45 last night and rallied to a 56-52 victory in the battle of unbeatens at Hargaden Gymnasium.

Trailing 52-47 midway in the fourth quarter, Loyola (3-0) went ahead for good on an eight-foot turnaround jumper with 90 seconds left by senior Jerry Hunt, who had suffered through a 2-for-10 shooting night until then.

Loyola then added a follow-up basket by Wes Unseld Jr. and a free throw from Tim O'Hara to escape with the victory and hand the Vikings their first loss in four games.

"Mount Hebron did a real good job," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage. "We're just fortunate to get out with the win."

Loyola opened a 7-0 lead at the outset of the game and scored the final eight points of the first quarter to lead 21-9 after one quarter.

But the Vikings weren't about to fold. After O'Hara hit a short jumper early in the second quarter -- the only Loyola field goal in the quarter -- to put the Dons in front 23-11, the Vikings took control.

A three-pointer from Faisal Khan started a 12-point Mount Hebron surge that pulled the Vikings even at 23-23 as Phil Tonkins converted a feed from Khan with just under four minutes left in the first half.

The Vikings, hitting on eight of nine from the field in the second quarter as Loyola suffered through a 1-for-9 shooting effort, took their biggest lead 30-26 on a three-pointer by Masai Demus with just over a minute left in the half.

That lead expanded to six points early in the third quarter and the Vikings led 44-39 after three quarters.

"We got off to a great start like we did at Wilde Lake earlier this week," said Savage. "But after that we didn't play very well."

Warren Parker led the Dons with 15 points and Unseld added 12. Tonkins led the Vikings with 16 and Demus and Khan added 12 and 11 respectively.

The Dons play host to Gonzaga of Washington tomorrow at 3:30, seeking their fourth win of the season.

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