Powell's 27 lead Loyola in opener

November 26, 1995|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore guard Mike Powell scored a game-high 27 points last night to lead Loyola over William and Mary, 76-72, in the season opener for both teams at William and Mary Hall.

Powell scored seven of Loyola's first nine points to stake the Greyhounds to a 9-2 lead, and they never trailed.

Loyola held a 32-31 halftime lead and expanded that to 41-32 in the first 3:10 of the second half. William and Mary drew into a tie with 9:52 remaining on Bobby Fitzgibbons' three-pointer.

After a basket by Powell made it 54-52 with 9:35 left, Fitzgibbons tied the game again at 54 with a tip-in 12 seconds later.

Powell scored the next five Greyhounds points on a three-pointer with 8:55 remaining and a layup 37 seconds later. William and Mary never got within one point for the remainder of the game.

Loyola hit six of 10 free throws in the final 54 seconds to clinch the victory. It was the third straight season-opening victory for Loyola.

Also in double figures for the Greyhounds were sophomore guard John McDonald (13 points, including three three-pointers) and freshman forward Nsilo Abraham with 11 points.

Leading William and Mary was Fitzgibbons with 19 points. William and Mary had four players in double figures.

Loyola travels to American University Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game.

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