Dons halt Owls' win streak at 4

February 03, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

No. 8 Loyola bounced back from a 15-0 first-half run by Towson Catholic and broke the No. 16 Owls' four-game winning streak, 64-55, at Loyola yesterday.

The Dons, improving to 17-6 overall, moved into a first-place tie with Calvert Hall at 8-2 in the Catholic League and broke a second-place tie with Towson Catholic in the Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference A Division at 9-2. The Owls are 11-9 overall, 4-4 in the Catholic League and 8-3 in the MSA.

The game was marked by several long changes in momentum, but the Dons turned in the biggest run, outscoring Towson Catholic 24-5 from late in the first quarter to midway in the third quarter.

During the run, Loyola wiped out a nine-point deficit and opened a 43-33 lead with 3:20 left in the third quarter.

"Towson Catholic went to a 1-3-1 trap in the first half and we got out of sync," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage, alluding to a 15-0 Owls run that wiped out a 10-point Dons lead and turned into a five-point Owls lead.

"But we couldn't keep it going when we got in foul trouble," said Owls coach Mike Daniel.

The Dons went ahead to stay, 35-33, on a three-pointer by Warren Parker, who scored 17. Then they built a 10-point edge, as Tim O'Hara (20 points) added a three-pointer and Jerry Hunt scored five points in 27 seconds.

"We came out real strong in the second half," said Savage. "It was a good team effort. We went through that rough spot and came back."

Loyola increased its lead to 55-38 with just under three minutes left to play.

But Towson Catholic's Sharif Butler, who led all scorers with 26 points, crammed 11 into the final two minutes. The Owls got as close as 60-55 before Butler fouled out with 33 seconds to play.

Loyola had used a pair of three-pointers by Parker to build a quick 12-2 lead.

But the Owls scored the game's next 15 points to forge a 17-12 lead early in the second quarter.

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