Loyola stops Manhattan again, 58-50 Williams' key rebound sparks sweep of Jaspers

January 29, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Loyola guard Milt Williams only had two rebounds in yesterday's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup with Manhattan College at Reitz Arena.

But one fewer for Williams and the Greyhounds may not have been celebrating a 58-50 victory and their first season sweep of Manhattan.

With his team leading by three in the final minute and the Greyhounds running out of time on the shot clock, Williams -- at 6 feet the smallest player on the court -- pulled down a pivotal rebound, resetting the shot clock for Loyola and putting Manhattan in a must-foul situation.

"That's what Milt Williams does for us -- he makes all the hustle plays," said Loyola coach Brian Ellerbe. "It's nothing new. He does it game in and game out.

"The kid is so courageous. He's playing on a very bad knee but he has the will and determination that we need on this team. He makes us aggressive and tough as soon as he steps on the floor."

The Greyhounds (7-9, 4-2 MAAC), who 13 days earlier had defeated Manhattan, 59-54, again were led by Mike Powell. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 16 points and had six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Another underclassman, freshman Nsilo Abraham, contributed 13 points and five rebounds, and the Greyhounds' lone senior starter, Teron Owens, finished with 10 points after scoring only three in the first half, which ended with the Jaspers leading, 28-21.

Loyola, which moved into second place in the MAAC with yesterday's win, fell behind by shooting 28 percent from the field in the first half, combined with Manhattan's 13-for-14 free-throw shooting in the half.

"We weren't shooting well in the first half, so we had to find something else that would work for us," said Owens, who was 1-for-6 from the field before halftime. "We just continued to play hard and continue to do what we had to do to win."

Powell opened the second half by feeding Anthony Smith an alley-oop pass, and the Greyhounds caught the Jaspers when Roderick Platt hit two free throws to tie the game at 37.

The Greyhounds took the lead on a basket by Duane Johnson with 8:22 remaining and led 43-40 after a steal and a court-length pass from Powell to Johnson.

Johnson, a 6-9 freshman center who was expected to be redshirted after suffering a preseason shoulder injury, scored four points after recording a career-high 12 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 64-63 win over St. Peter's.

After trailing by as many as seven in the waning minutes, the Jaspers (9-9, 2-4), pulled to within three with a little more than a minute left on a three-pointer by Steve McDowell. With the shot clock running down, Manhattan forced the Greyhounds to take an off-balance three-pointer, but the ball caromed off the side of the rim and into the hands of Williams.

"Coach tells us guards to stay active in the zone. They say it's another big part of the rebounding scheme for the guards to get involved," said Williams. "It just happened to come off the rim and I was there."

MANHATTAN -- Thacker 0-9 1-2 1, McDowell 4-7 0-0 10, Hoover 2-2 5-7 9, Evans 4-10 2-3 11, Phoenix 3-10 6-6 12, Lyons 0-0 2-4 2, Bucero 1-3 3-4 5. Totals 14-41 19-26 50.

LOYOLA -- Powell 3-15 10-13 16, Owens 4-9 1-3 10, Smith 3-8 3-4 9, Abraham 5-9 3-4 13, Platt 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 2-4 0-0 4, Butler 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 2-4 0-2 4, Tate 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 19-28 58.

Halftime--Manhattan 28-21. 3-point goals--Manhattan 3-13 (Thacker 0-3, McDowell 2-4, Evans 1-4, Phoenix 0-1, Bucero 0-1), Loyola 1-10 (Powell 0-3, Owens 1-5, Williams 0-2). Fouled out--Hoover. Rebounds--Manhattan 39 (Phoenix 8), Loyola 26 (Owens 6). Assists--Manhattan 7 (Thacker 3), Loyola 12 (Powell 6). Total fouls--Manhattan 17, Loyola 24. Technical--Hoover. A--1,250.

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