Prospect Hall pair sparks win over Loyola

January 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Three Prospect Hall starters combined for two points. The other two starters, however, caused Loyola some problems.

Nate James scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Andrius Jurkunas added 27 points -- despite missing much of the second half to foul trouble -- to lift Prospect Hall to a 67-47 victory over host Loyola last night.

James, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, did most of his damage inside. He repeatedly sliced through the Loyola defense for layups and short jumpers as he hit 13 of 16. In addition, he pulled down several key rebounds.

Jurkunas, a 6-foot-9 junior forward from Lithuania, dazzled the Dons (6-6) with his shooting. He scored several points on close jumpers, but notched 15 points on five three-pointers and finished 10 of 16 from the field -- including five of eight from three-point range.

"We had a hard time," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage. "We couldn't contain them inside, and the big kid shot well outside."

Prospect Hall coach Stu Vetter said his team executed its game plan well. Prospect Hall (7-1) started by pounding the ball inside, making its first five baskets from inside of 10 feet.

The Vikings, specifically Jurkunas, then opened it up by hitting outside. The big forward often set up outside the three-point arc, opening the middle for James and others.

Good passing also keyed the Prospect Hall attack. Jason Harris, Joe Fowlkes and Mike Matthews all repeatedly found James and Jurkunas for baskets.

"We always establish our inside game first," said Vetter. "If the defense takes away that, we're very comfortable with the perimeter game."

The Vikings became very comfortable in the second quarter. Loyola, thanks to 11 first-quarter points from Tim O'Hara (17 points) trailed by only 20-18 after one quarter. And, an O'Hara three-pointer to open the second quarter gave the Dons a 21-20 lead.

With the game tied at 23, Prospect Hall scored the final 15 of the half as part of a 17-0 run to take control.

The Dons wound up going 7:15 without a point as the Vikings broke the game open. They stretched the lead to 19 in the third quarter and coasted from there.

"We stayed with them for awhile," said Savage. "Then we hit that dry spell, and that took us out of the game."

The Prospect Hall defense caused Loyola trouble. The Vikings pressured the Dons, especially in half-court situations, and threw the offense out of sync.

"They really controlled the tempo," said Mike O'Neill of Loyola, who added 13 points. "They did what they wanted to."

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