Changes are promised as Loyola falls again Visiting Bucknell eases to 75-59 win

January 05, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

It was more of the same for the struggling Loyola College basketball team last night.

The outmanned Greyhounds led once early against Bucknell, then were never really in the game again as they absorbed their third straight defeat, 75-59, at Reitz Arena.

"They beat us in every aspect and did all the things you have to do when you've lost two in a row," said Loyola coach Tom Schneider. "Obviously, we aren't hungry enough."

Schneider promised changes in the starting lineup tomorrow night when Loyola (1-6) visits St. Joseph's in Philadelphia. He wouldn't elaborate, preferring to wait until after today's practice.

The Bison was coming off a tough 73-65 overtime setback at Cornell Saturday night and was still looking for its shooting touch.

Loyola was the tonic of restoration. Bucknell (5-3) shot 51.9 percent from the field and hit seven of 10 three-point attempts. Entering the game, the team was at 41.2 percent overall and 25.3 from long range.

"We got back to playing our style," said Bison coach Charlie Woollum, who is in search of his 11th consecutive winning season.

"I was pretty tough on them yesterday [Sunday]. Maybe my expectations are sometimes oversized, but I think we needed something. I was very pleased with everybody's effort and our decisions were better."

Mike Malone's jump shot gave the Greyhounds a 12-11 edge, but Bucknell scored 12 of the next 15 points with Raymond Brown and Mike Bright totaling five each.

A steal from Loyola freshman Teron Owens and a subsequent three-pointer by Bright put the Greyhounds into a 36-23 hole after they had a chance for a single-digit deficit by hitting the last shot of the half.

The closest they got in the second half was seven (43-36 and 45-38) when freshman Matt Walker sank two consecutive three-pointers.

But Bucknell quickly recovered, roaring ahead, 56-38, with 11 points in a row and Loyola never chipped into the margin.

The only bright spot for Loyola was a career game by Mark Sparzak, the Calvert Hall grad who amassed 15 points and 11 rebounds, both personal highs. B. J. Pendleton added 16 points, just above his season average.

"Pendleton and Sparzak played their butts off," said Schneider. "And the freshmen showed competitiveness. But we didn't shoot the ball well [42.9 percent the first half] and we dug ourselves a hole.

"Bucknell is a very good team when they shoot it like they did tonight."

This was the fourth of five straight road games for the Bison, who visit Canisius tomorrow night.

"I could make excuses, long break for exams, the travel," said Woollum. "I think we've been a little tired. But we shot well in transition tonight and when we're doing that, we're in good shape."

As is normal in victory, it was a complete performance by the Bison.

Forwards Bright and Brown scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, guard Chris Simpson had 13 and point man Russell Peyton had eight steals (and also eight assists) to help run Loyola's turnover total to 25.

Matt Clark hit two key three-point shots during the late run in the first half and finished with 12 for Bucknell.

"We'll find out if we have some leadership out there," said Schneider. "We're definitely making some changes."

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