Loyola gets past Mount St. Joe, 55-53

January 10, 1994|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Loyola senior Bill Grothmann fed sophomore Matt Neumayer for an inside basket to snap a 51-51 tie with Mount St. Joseph with 57 seconds to play in Irvington yesterday.

And then, after a pair of missed free throws by Mount St. Joseph, Grothmann sealed the victory for the Dons by converting another basket down low off a feed from senior Tim O'Hara with 13 seconds left to provide Loyola (7-6 overall) with a 55-53 Catholic League win.

"I guess we got a break with the two missed free throws," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage, referring to the two errant foul shots by Everett Cooper with 43 seconds left. Grothmann rebounded the second miss and the Dons worked the ball against the tough defensive pressure of the Gaels until O'Hara drove to the foul line and bounced a pass to Grothmann underneath for the decisive points.

O'Hara, whose three three-pointers had kept Loyola close in the opening half, finished with a game-high 20 points and Neumayer added 13.

Cooper and 6-foot-7 sophomore Dan Whye each scored 15 for the Gaels, and senior Kenny Krabitz, playing on an injured ankle, chipped in with 12 for St. Joe.

"It was a tough game and this is always a tough place for us to play," said Savage, whose team evened its Catholic League record at 1-1. "St. Joe is hurting physically but they really came after us."

The Gaels, who were ranked No. 8 in the preseason Top 20, have been racked by injuries and dressed only seven players for the game but they tested Loyola to the fullest before falling to 6-9 overall and 0-2 in the league.

"I'm proud of the way we played," said Gaels coach Pat Clatchey. "I can't fault our effort, but it's very frustrating."

The Gaels have lost senior Jay English to knee ligament damage, Calvert Hall transfer John Hedrick is out with a broken ** hand, and 6-6 center Richard Dent, who transferred from Gibbons, has been sidelined with several injuries, including a sore back.

"Injuries are a part of the game," said Clatchey, "and we're not into moral victories. I'm pleased with the effort we've been getting, but I'm disappointed with the results."

The Gaels seemed primed for the victory when Krabitz opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer and a pair of foul shots, but the Gaels' lead evaporated on O'Hara's fourth three-pointer of the game and a 15-foot jumper by Mike O'Neill for a 51-49 Dons lead with 2:53 left.

Calvert Hall 59, St. Frances 55

Brian Taylor scored 17 points and John Bauersfeld added 12, leading host Calvert Hall (7-5, 1-0) past No. 13 St. Frances (5-4, 1-1) in a Catholic League game.

Gibbons 91, Goretti 55

Jerard Rucker scored 24 points and had five rebounds, four assists and four steals, leading No. 6 Gibbons (11-4, 2-0) past visiting St. Maria Goretti in a Catholic League game. Senior point guard Steve Wojciechowski added 22, seven rebounds, 13 assists and seven steals.

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