Loyola slips up, falls to Stony Brook, 51-50

Unheralded Seawolves beat 'Hounds on last-second shot

January 27, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Five hundred and ninety-eight basketball fans showed up at Loyola's Reitz Arena yesterday to watch what most figured would be a non-league breather against Division I newcomer Stony Brook.

However, when the final buzzer sounded, it was the Stony Brook Seawolves who were doing all the celebrating, thanks to a buzzer-beating, 10-foot follow bank shot by freshman center Joakim Eriksson that lifted the unsung visitors from Long Island, N.Y., to a 51-50 victory.

Eriksson went crashing to the floor as he pushed the ball toward the basket off a missed 16-foot jumper by senior forward Pablo Porras, who came close to being the hero when his shot with two seconds left bounced off the backboard and nearly went in. But Porras' jumper caromed hard off the front of the rim and bounced into Eriksson's hands.

"I was just in the right place at the right time," said Eriksson. "The coaches told me to follow the shot as soon as it went up to the basket and I was rewarded."

Said veteran Stony Brook coach Nick Macarchuk, whose team is 6-17 against a tough independent schedule: "We were lucky. But we did execute the play [inbounds with 8.3 seconds left] the way I hoped we would. I wanted us to take the shot with enough time left on the clock to get a rebound."

Loyola coach Dino Gaudio said simply, "Stony Brook deserved to win. They played harder and better than we did. For them to come in to our place and beat us after the way we played against Siena last week [71-63 upset win] is hard to explain for me."

Enter Greyhounds leading scorer Blanchard Hurd, who took the full blame for not blocking out Eriksson on the game-winner.

"I should have blocked him out harder," said Hurd, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound senior forward from Milford Mill. "There are no excuses."

Hurd led Loyola with 17 points and nine rebounds, and junior forward Brian Carroll had 10 rebounds, seven blocks and five points. But it wasn't enough to overcome a 37 percent shooting effort from the field and 14 turnovers.

The Greyhounds (6-11) are 1-4 without senior standout Jason Rowe, who has been suspended for academic policy violations.

STONY BROOK -- Eriksson 4-5 0-0 8, Hartman 3-6 0-0 6, Porras 1-7 0-1 3, Ware, 0-1 0-0 0, Oloa 1-5 0-0 2, Little 5-11 0-0 13, Pratta 2-11 0-3 5, Balliro 3-4 0-0 6, Sales 0-0 0-0 0, McDermott 2-5 4-8 8. Totals 21-55 4-13 51.

LOYOLA -- Nasiou 2-4 2-2 6, Carroll 2-7 1-3 5, Hurd 7-15 3-4 17, Jenifer 2-10 0-0 4, Adams 0-3 0-0 0, Brant Mack 0-2 0-0 0, Thomas 4-4 2-2 10, Walker 3-9 0-0 8, Southall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 8-11 50.

Halftime--Stony Brook 24-21. 3-point goals--Stony Brook 5-19 (Little 3-9, Pratta 1-5, Porras 1-2, Hartman 0-1, Oloa 0-1, Balliro 0-1). Loyola 2-15 (Hurd 3-4, Nasiou 2-2, Thomas 2-2, Carroll 1-3). Fouled out--Jenifer. Rebounds--Stony Brook 38 (Hartman 9), Loyola 39 (Carroll 10). Assists--Stony Brook 13 (Hartman 3), Loyola 12 (Jenifer 5). Total fouls--Stony Brook 15, Loyola 12. A--598.

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