Vogtman lifts No. 9 Loyola to 65-58 win over St. Joe

January 24, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Loyola senior guard Jason Vogtman threw his arms in the air and shrugged his shoulders as if to say, "I'll take it," after banking in a three-pointer in the closing moments of last night's Catholic League matchup against visiting Mount St. Joseph.

And take it, the Dons did.

After trading the lead with the Gaels throughout the second half, No. 9 Loyola used Vogtman's back-breaking three-pointer and near-perfect free-throw shooting down the stretch to turn away the visitors, 65-58.

"As soon as I got back to the locker room after the game the guys started messing with me," said Vogtman, who was 4-for-4 from the line and finished with a team-high 17 points.

The Dons (12-4, 2-1 in the Catholic League) ran out to a 17-8 lead in the first quarter, reeling off 10 straight points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer by Adam Shigley (12 points).

Loyola stretched the lead to 12 midway through the second quarter after a fadeaway jumper by Vogtman and Shigley drove the lane to give the hosts a 29-21 lead at the half.

"Both teams played well tonight. We were just fortunate that we were able to put a little streak together at the end," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage, whose team hit 15-of-22 foul shots. "St. Joe missed a couple of tough shots, and we were able to hit a couple of key shots that really got us over the hump."

The No. 11 Gaels (9-4, 2-2) applied full-court pressure at the start of the third quarter and ran off nine straight points for a 30-29 advantage. The lead changed hands five times in the waning minutes of the third before Cory McNeill buried a long three-pointer to put the Gaels out front 45-42.

McNeill, who led all scorers with 22 points, hit a three at the start of the fourth quarter and his jumper with 2:11 left gave St. Joe its final lead of the game.

Loyola's 6-foot-6 Matt Neumayer came up big, scoring 13 points and holding 6-8 Daniel Whye to four second-half points and 13 overall.

"We had a shot that went in and out that could have put us up by eight, but it rolled out and we have a one-point lead and a kid hits a three off the glass with a hand in his face and it really broke our backs," said Gaels coach Pat Clatchey. "It's a tough league and it's going to come down to who gets the breaks of the game and a three [pointer] off of the glass was their break."

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