Pendleton, Loyola foul up William & Mary in opener

November 30, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- First-year Loyola coach Skip Prosser told his players if they wanted to win on the road they had to do three things -- play defense, rebound well and make free throws.

Succeeding in two of those three goals was enough for the Greyhounds last night as Loyola beat host William and Mary, 97-84, in the season opener for both teams.

B. J. Pendleton led the Greyhounds with a career-high 27 points and hit six of eight free throws in the final 3:14. The Greyhounds made 24 of 37 foul shots in the second half and shot 71.4 percent (35-for-49) for the game.

"I thought we rebounded well and we made the free throws when we needed to, but I don't think we played defense really well. We were fortunate," Prosser said.

In the final 3:14, Loyola made 12 of 16 from the line, and held William and Mary to two field goals. The Greyhounds also out-rebounded the Tribe 44-36.

"I think their defense was excellent and pressure made it difficult for our guards to get into the offense," Tribe coach Chuck Swenson said. "But on the other hand, a lot of our mistakes were self-inflicted."

The Tribe turned over the ball 24 times and shot 39.4 percent from the field.

William and Mary was expected to rely on its improved perimeter game this season, but got most of its points inside and off of second-chance opportunities from David Cully and Carl Parker in the first half. The Tribe's perimeter shooters didn't find their groove until the second half. Forward Kurt Small, who led the Tribe with 21, scored 15 of his points in the second half.

Cully and Loyola's David Credle, the opposing centers, found foul trouble early in the second half. Credle picked up his fourth foul just 2:18 into the second half. He fouled out with 10:50 to play.

Cully, who paced the Tribe with 12 points and six rebounds in the first half, picked up his fourth foul with 11:32 to play. Cully and Parker held Pendleton, Loyola's top scorer last year, to four shots in the first half.

Loyola held a 43-39 lead at the break despite 12 turnovers, one more than William and Mary.

"Tonight was a typical first game," Prosser said. "We're an inexperienced perimeter team and we have experience inside. But we didn't give our big guys inside a chance in the first half."

Pendleton, who led Loyola with 11 at the half, got most of his points from the foul line (6-for-7).

"In the first half, I was trying to run the offense exactly," Pendleton said. "But in the second half, I started to exert myself more."

Senior guard Tracy Bergan, who sat out last season for academic reasons, scored 20 points in his first on-court appearance since the 1991-92 season. Mark Sparzak (Calvert Hall) came off the bench to score 14 for Loyola.

The Greyhounds trailed by four 2:42 into play after the Tribe scored six straight points off of Loyola turnovers.

Loyola answered with a 10-0 run to pull ahead, 25-19. William and Mary then outscored Loyola 8-2 to tie the score at 27.

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