Rowe's last two shots send Loyola to OT win Guard finishes with 26 as Greyhounds top Mount for 3rd win in 4 tries, 75-73

December 21, 1997|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

EMMITSBURG -- Before the game, Loyola coach Dino Gaudio reminded his players that the last Greyhounds team to beat Towson at home and Mount St. Mary's on the road later qualified for the NCAA tournament.

Then, they completed the Towson-Mount St. Mary's double by outlasting the Mount, 75-73, in overtime on two baskets by smooth point guard Jason Rowe.

It was the third victory in four games after an 0-5 start for Loyola (3-6), which led much of the way in the 152nd meeting between the schools, and its first in the series in four years. The Greyhounds defeated Towson at home, 73-71, on Dec. 13.

"This is big for us in two respects," Gaudio said. "It's a nice win over a big rival on the road and third in four games with a team that's a little depleted. Our kids played really hard, very unselfishly, and hung in there."

With Mount St. Mary's leading 73-70, Gaudio set up a shot for Rowe, who nailed a three-pointer from the wing to tie the game.

"Mike [Powell] comes off a screen and if I'm open I take it," said Rowe, who had 26 points, seven assists, six steals and 11 rebounds. "I was open."

The Mount (3-5) then had the ball for the final shot. Gerben Van Dorpe got a good one, but the ball rolled off the rim with 11 seconds to go.

"Every day we practice that [killing the clock in a tie game]," coach Jim Phelan said. "We had the ball and wound up taking a shot we shouldn't have [that early]."

Loyola then came downcourt with the Mount pressing tightly and Powell tried to force up a three-pointer from the right wing. The Greyhounds crashed the boards and Rowe was in the right place for a putback that won the game.

"It was hectic at the end," Rowe said. "Nobody blocked me out."

That was not the only difficulty the Mount endured. Phelan's team shot a woeful 6-for-30 from beyond the arc and hit only 36.6 percent overall from the field.

And Gaudio's strategy to trap Mount point guard Gregory Harris paid off nicely.

"We tried to get the ball out of his hands and do everything we could to disrupt him," said Gaudio of Harris, who nonetheless scored 22 points.

Newton Gayle (21 points, 12 rebounds) had a chance to cement the game for the Mount in regulation. He made the first of two free throws to tie at 62, but missed the second.

Powell's desperation three-pointer at the other end then was far off the mark. Powell, third in the nation in scoring with a 26.5 average coming into the game, scored 24.

"There shouldn't have been an overtime or anything else," Phelan said. "But give them credit. They played hard."

In the opener, St. Mary's (3-3) pulled away in the final 13 minutes to defeat winless Villa Julie (0-8), 87-71, to celebrate Bob Flynn's return to the Mount.

Flynn, Phelan's longtime assistant, said he "was very nervous. and I think my players were, too. Coach Phelan came to our practice Friday and we were great. Maybe we left our game there."

Sheldon Taylor had 15 points for St. Mary's, which has won three straight.

Loyola 75, Mount St. Mary's 73

LOYOLA -- Blosser 2-6 0-0 5, Platt 8-11 0-1 16, Powell 8-22 7-9 24, Rowe 11-10 1-5 26, Hunter 1-3 0-0 2, Schaefer 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 30-62 10-17 75.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S -- Gayle 8-14 5-8 21, Hayden 1-6 0-0 2, Van Dorpe 2-9 3-4 7, Harris 8-15 3-5 22, Conwell 3-13 4-8 12, Bethel 3-12 0-0 7, Brown 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-71 15-25 73.

Halftime -- MSM 26-25. 3-point goals -- L 5-16 (Blosser 1-2, Powell 1-5, Rowe 3-8, Hunter 0-1); MSM-- 6-30 (Hayden 0-3, Van Dorpe 0-3, Harris 3-8, Conwell 2-6, Bethel 1-10). Fouled out -- L (Nasiou, Schaefer). Rebounds -- L 42 (Platt, Rowe 11); MSM 41 (Gayle 12). Assists -- L 16 (Powell, Rowe 7); MSM -- 13 (Harris 4). Total fouls -- L-- 24; MSM -- 19. A-- 1,220

St. Mary's 87, V. Julie 71

VILLA JULIE -- Edwards 6-13 0-0 12, Chap 3-4 0-0 6, Fruhling 0-2 2-6 2, Jourdan 4-15 2-4 11, Matthews 5-6 1-1 12, Bortz 1-3 0-0 2, Yori 1-2 0-0 2, Salvatore 3-8 3-4 12, Ford 4-11 0-0 8, Zumbrun 2-3 0-0 4 . Totals 26-67 8-15 71.

ST. MARY'S -- Taylor 7-9 1-2 15, Inniss 3-9 1-2 7, Heard 6-8 2-2 14, Henson 2-6 0-0 5, Davis 4-12 0-0 9, O'Donnell 5-5 0-0 14, Bryan 0-2 1-2 1, Robinson 4-8 0-0 11, Kankam 1-1 0-0 2, Adasi 0-1 3-4 5, Conklin 0-0 2-2 2, Meckley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-66 10-14 87.

Halftime--St. Mary's, 40-35. Rebounds--VJ 26 (Edwards 4); SM 44 (Henson 7). Assists--VJ 11 (Edwards 4); SM 20 (Henson 7). A--520

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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