Loyola bounces back, routs Wm. and Mary

January 31, 1994|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Sun Staff Writer

Also in Monday's editions, a Loyola College basketball player was incorrectly identified in a caption. The player is Matt Gabriel.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Loyola College, coming off its worst performance of the season, put on an offensive show in defeating William and Mary, 94-81, in a nonconference game yesterday at Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds lost, 85-67, at Fairfield on Thursday, getting out-rebounded, 45-22.

Yesterday, Loyola (10-6) took a 53-35 halftime lead and never trailed in the second half, even though William and Mary played better in the final 20 minutes.


In its season opener, Loyola defeated William and Mary, 97-84, in Williamsburg, Va.

"Loyola scores more against us than anybody," said William and Mary coach Mike Swenson. "Loyola scored 97 on us at our place and 94 here. We play some good teams -- Virginia, James Madison, Virginia Tech -- but they don't score on us the way these guys do."

Michael Reese led the Greyhounds, who shot 50.8 percent from the floor, with 29 points. Loyola's Tracy Bergan had 15 at halftime, but went nose-to-nose with the Tribe's David Cox in a confrontation in the opening minutes of the second half and was sat down by coach Skip Prosser for the rest of the game.

William and Mary's Kurt Small hit 12 of 19 from the field and finished with a game-high 31 points. That was the career high for the 6-foot-3 junior from Good Counsel High in Wheaton. The Tribe fell to 2-15 and have lost 10 of their past 11.

"We did better," said Prosser. "The kids saw the Fairfield tape. They saw their poor effort in that game. The tape is the best teaching tool we have.

"But we're still learning to play the way we want them to play. We played real well the first half, but we made some unintelligent decisions in the second half."

The 6-8 Reese, working inside, made 10 of 16 shots and was 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.

"We put forth a much better rebounding effort in this game," said Reese. "We still have a lot of work to do. This team is changing all the time. I came back. Tracy came back. We have a new coach. Three freshmen are playing.

"We slip back sometimes but we're going to keep working and try to get a good seed in the [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] tournament."

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