ALBANY, N.Y. -- Against all odds, Loyola hoped to extend its basketball season into today with a victory in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
The Greyhounds were playing today, but only because of tournament delays that pushed the end of their game against top-seeded Manhattan past midnight.
Shortly thereafter -- 13 minutes, to be exact -- time ran out on this longest of Loyola seasons in a 57-37 loss.
"Our entire idea was to make this as ugly as possible," said Loyola coach Joe Boylan, who finished his two-month interim stint 1-15. "That's the only way we could play."
The 37 points set a tournament record for fewest points in a game.
The Greyhounds (2-25) trailed at halftime by a 22-12 score that was more embarrassing to Manhattan (21-6), which had 15 turnovers. Neither team stalled, although they combined to make less than a quarter of their shots.
Despite contributing 19 percent to that, Loyola was within 23-18 three minutes into the second half. Then Manhattan, the MAAC's regular-season champ, took off an a 16-2 run during the next seven minutes.
"That game was like the twilight zone," Manhattan coach Fran Fraschilla said. "We're not complaining about the time, but it was difficult for us to sit around the hotel all day."
B.J. Pendleton, as was the case during the regular season, gave Loyola its only consistent offensive threat. He had 16 points, nearly half of Loyola's total when he fouled out with 2:36 remaining.
The Greyhounds got to within eight with 8 1/2 minutes left, but that was their final threat.
"We're just not a good scoring team, and they're pretty good defensively," Boylan said. "When we played them at Loyola, it was a one-point game at half, and I thought if we had been that close, the pressure would have shifted."
Manhattan had 25 turnovers and shot 37 percent from the field. Loyola shot just 26 percent.
"They make you play bad," Fraschilla said. "I thought we were tight and tentative, which surprised me. We stayed back in the zone, we didn't move the ball. We just didn't shoot the ball well in the first half."
Beyond Pendleton and Matt Gabriel, who scored seven, Loyola's other starters had three points. David Credle came off the bench to score eight.
The Greyhounds, who lost 79-62 to Manhattan on Monday, are winless in four MAAC tournament appearances.
"That team has battled some people over the last three weeks," Fraschilla said. "Bouncing back and playing them twice in five days is not easy. It's not an excuse at all, because we never brought it up, but subconsciously it probably played on our guys' minds. You've got to credit Loyola for that, playing hard."
"It's a very under-talented team with some real deficiencies, but they just played their tails off to the end," Boylan said. "You've got to be proud of their effort. This could have been a 50-point game."
! (At Albany, N.Y.)
Canisius 64, Iona 62
Niagara 84, St. Peter's 60
Siena 70, Fairfield 61
' Manhattan 57, Loyola 37
Canisius vs. Niagara, 6 p.m.
.` Siena vs. Manhattan, 8:30 p.m.
, Championship game, 7:30 p.m.