Loyola turned cold in the final minutes and lost to Niagara, 72-66, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at Reitz Arena last night.
It was the 12th straight loss for Loyola, which is 2-20 overall and 1-11 in the MAAC. Niagara is 19-4 and 9-2.
Loyola is 1-10 under coach Joe Boylan, the Greyhounds athletic director who took over as coach when Tom Schneider resigned January 15.
L For Loyola, it was a better night than the result indicates.
"Loyola outplayed us," said Niagara coach Jack Armstrong. "They played a tremendous game against us. I watched the tapes of Loyola's loss [77-62 to UMBC] on Wednesday night and it was unbelievable how Joe Boylan and his staff had their kids hustling."
Said Boylan: "I'm proud to be associated with our kids. I told them that after the game. They really showed a lot of character. They not only played hard in this game, they played smart."
Niagara, shooting for its third straight victory, got off to an 8-5 lead in the first three minutes as David Bertram hit twos three-pointers.
The visiting Purple Eagles made it 13-9 on a fast-break dunk by Rob Robinson, who played his high school ball in Reston, Va., with Duke's Grant Hill. Grant's father, Calvin, was a spectator at Loyola last night.
Loyola came back, sparked by the scoring of Matt Gabriel and B. J. Pendleton and took a 19-17 lead with 11:05 left in the half.
Bertram hit another three to put the visitors back on top, -- Loyola's zone defense was forcing Niagara to shoot from outside -- but Virgil Wallace (career-high 13 points) and Dave Credle spurred a rally that put Loyola ahead, 27-22, with 5:37 remaining in the first half.