Loyola runs past Canisius, 101-90

Fast-starting Greyhounds ride Rowe's hot hand

January 06, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Loyola hit 65 percent of its shots in the first half, Jason Rowe nearly logged a triple double, and Brian Carroll foiled an old nemesis during a 101-90 win over Canisius last night at Reitz Arena.

It was the first time the Greyhounds had topped 100 points since a 103-102 loss at Siena on Feb. 15, 1998, an outing vaguely memorable to Rowe.

Rowe, who finished with 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, said he couldn't remember the score of the Siena game. "Whatever it was, it was a long time ago. I can't tell you the last time we had 100 in this building, so it was a good feeling."

Loyola coach Dino Gaudio said he was pleased with his team's effort. The Greyhounds (5-6, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) raced out to a 51-34 halftime lead on the way to its first win since Dec. 5.

Loyola made eight of its first 10 shots from the field, then put the game out of reach when five of their players scored during a 19-4 run that made the score 39-21 with 4: 19 left in the first half.

"That was an NCAA tournament half of basketball," Gaudio said. "If we played that way, we could beat anybody in the league."

The Griffins (2-11, 1-3) made a run in the second half, cutting the Greyhounds' lead to 70-61 on a Toby Foster three-pointer with 11: 33 remaining, but fell victim to a 12-4 run over the next three minutes.

Blanchard Hurd had 22 points for Loyola, Anthony Walker had 19, and Damien Jenifer had 17.

Carroll scored only four points, but neutralized Darren Fenn early. Fenn had 19 points and eight rebounds in the last meeting between the teams in Baltimore.

Although Fenn finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Canisius, his team was down 14 points by the time he scored.

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