Pendleton's 23 lift Loyola to 56-52 win over Mount Road losing streak at 23 for Mounties

December 13, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Mike Malone, the Loyola point guard, wearily explained the woes his team is having at the offensive end, where sophomore forward B.J. Pendleton is prospering but the rest of the Greyhounds are shooting a combined 34.2 percent from the field. There was blood on the right corner of his mouth, and he was asking the trainer about an unrelated ailment.

Malone, mind you, was on the winning team.

In a struggle between two 0-3 teams who were looking for something good to take into the holidays and a 17-day break, Loyola overcame Mount St. Mary's, 56-52, at Reitz Arena last night. The Greyhounds got a career-high 23 points from Pendleton, and limited the Mountaineers to a single basket in the final 13 minutes.

It was the 23rd straight loss for Mount St. Mary's (0-4) on an opponent's court, and the first time Loyola (1-3) had beaten the Mountaineers three straight since 1953. That was the year before coach Jim Phelan arrived in Emmitsburg.

Mount St. Mary's had a 12-point lead after 10 minutes and led 28-19 at the half, but Loyola was a different team in the second half. The Greyhounds scored eight straight points, the first four by Pendleton and the last four by Malone, to go on top 46-44 with six minutes left, and they took the lead for good on freshman Matt Walker's free throw with 2:18 remaining.

Loyola relied on its work at the defensive end to overcome a first half in which it made just seven of 21 shots and committed 14 turnovers. The home opener was shaping up just like its first three games, at Towson State, Rutgers and Princeton.

"We didn't have intensity at all in the first half," said Malone, who had 10 points and seven assists. "In the second half we started playing de

fense the way we have to, and that's what is going to get our offense going. That's got to happen if we're going to win."

Malone paid close attention to Mountaineers freshman Chris McGuthrie, who settled for 16 points on 5-for-18 shooting after averaging 24.7 in the first three games. McGuthrie was limited to four free throws in the final 15 minutes, and the rest of the Mountaineers were also puzzled by an assortment of zones and traps used by Loyola coach Tom Schneider."

"There's only so much he [McGuthrie] can do," Phelan said. "Loyola shut him down in the second half, and nobody seems to step forward. Someone has to take the pass, someone has to score."

Senior forward Anthony Carr was the only other Mountaineer to score in double figures, but 10 of his 12 points came in the first half.

In the final 13 minutes, Mount St. Mary's only basket was a 25-footer from the left wing by Phil Galvin with 4:03 left. It put the Mountaineers on top 50-48, but Walker tied it on an assist by sophomore center Ricky Wohl, and Walker and Pendleton made single free throws before freshman Teron Owens scored Loyola's final four points.

Pendleton crammed 17 of his points into the second half, while Walker finished with 11. Pendleton was held to four rebounds, but he got a huge one at the offensive end after Walker missed two free throws with 28 seconds left.

"We're in exams, we're tight, we're playing our first home game," Schneider said in explaining Loyola's slow start. "We're struggling right now, and we've got some identity problems."

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