Fordham holds off Loyola

February 23, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Once again, Loyola College fought gamely against a superior opponent, this time coming back from 22 points down in the second half to make it close.

... TC But, once again, the result was the same, as Loyola lost to Fordham, 73-70, last night in a non-conference game before 1,073 at Reitz Arena.

With three seconds left, Loyola -- which had its best three-point shooting night of the season, 8-for-20 -- could have tied it on a three-point attempt from 24 feet by Mike Malone.

The shot bounded off the rim and a scramble for the ball ensued as the final seconds ticked off.

It was the eighth straight loss for Loyola, which is 2-21.

When the game ended, Fordham coach Nick Macarchuk went to Loyola's locker room to give the Greyhounds encouragement.

"They're incredible, a team that's won two games all year coming back like that," said Macarchuk.

"I'm very, very happy we're able to get out of here with a win. I was more than a little scared at the end when Loyola was hitting all those threes."

Fordham, which has won only three of 13 road games, did not score a field goal in the last 5:31.

Meanwhile, Loyola was getting back in the game on threes by Matt Gabriel, Matt Walker and Teron Owens. Malone hit the field goal that brought Loyola to within 73-70.

"What a group this is," said Loyola coach Joe Boylan. "You'd think our guys were 15-5 battling the way they did."

Mark Sparzak was the high scorer for Loyola with 15 points. For Fordham, senior guard Jay Fazand had a career-high 18 points.

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