Powell scores 24, but Loyola is upended by American, 72-65

December 10, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior guard Nathan Smith returned from a one-game layoff to score a season-high 28 points and lift American University to its first win, 72-65 over Loyola, last night at Bender Arena in Washington.

Smith, AU's leading scorer whose 86-game playing streak ended with the Eagles' 16-point loss to Texas on Dec. 3, hit five of 12 three-pointers. His scoring total was two points short of his career high.

American (1-5), playing without two starters, led nearly the entire game, but Loyola (1-6) forced the Eagles to hang on down the stretch to bring first-year coach Art Perry, a former Maryland assistant, his initial win.

Matt Brown's basket gave AU a 60-51 lead with 3: 03 left, but Loyola followed with a 7-0 run and had a chance to tie before Jason Rowe missed a three-pointer with about 1: 30 left.

On the ensuing possession, Smith, falling out of bounds, found Brown (12 points) underneath for a layup and a 63-58 lead with 1: 10 remaining. AU then hit nine of 10 free throws to seal the win.

Mike Powell led Loyola with 24 points, four below his team-high average.

The Greyhounds shot only 29 percent in the first half as AU built a 35-26 lead.

Mount St. Mary's 69, Columbia 42: Tony Hayden scored 13 points and Gregory Harris added 12, as the Mountaineers (3-4) defeated the Lions (3-5) at Knott Arena.

The win came in the Mount's home opener, a game in which the host allowed the fewest points by an opponent since 1989.

Women

Franklin and Marshall 60, Western Maryland 45: Sophomore forward Judy Stauber scored a game- and career-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Diplomats (3-2, 2-0) to a home victory over the seventh-ranked Green Terror (5-1, 1-1) in a Centennial Conference game.

Towson 68, Delaware 47: Sophomore forward Shniece Perry had a game-high 13 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Tigers (5-1, 3-0) over the visiting Blue Hens (3-4, 1-2) in an America East game.

The Tigers have won four in a row and lead the conference.

Perry, the conference leader in rebounds, was 5-for-12 from the field and posted her third double-double of the season.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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