Loyola's 80-60 loss not the half of it

Early 18-0 run paces Marist, compounds 'Hounds woes

January 29, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Last night's horrendous first-half performance and eventual 80-60 men's basketball loss to Marist fit perfectly into Loyola College's week to forget.

"I'm embarrassed by how we played," Greyhounds coach Dino Gaudio said. "I'm the head coach, I'm responsible for how we played, so I'm embarrassed."

To recap, there was a snowstorm Tuesday, a last-second loss to Stony Brook on Wednesday and star guard Jason Rowe's dismissal from school Thursday, less than 36 hours before last night's game at Reitz Arena.

In an effort to move on, the Greyhounds' staff and players announced that they would not comment on Rowe.

But in its quest for closure, the team found an effective, albeit unorthodox, way of supplanting its preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year as the subject of discussion. Shooting 26 percent from the field, going nearly 15 minutes without a field goal in the first half -- as the Greyhounds did -- was a powerful distraction from other unpleasant subjects.

After taking a 4-3 lead on inside baskets by Blanchard Hurd and Donovan Thomas, the Greyhounds lost their way to the basket.

During a period of 14: 23, Loyola hit two baskets in 20 field-goal attempts, one of them the result of a basket-interference call on a shot by Hurd.

The Red Foxes' 35 percent shooting during that stretch wasn't stellar, but they outscored the Greyhounds 26-5, scoring 18 consecutive points at one point. Rick Smith led the Marist charge with 13 of his team-high 21 points, including a free throw that gave Marist a 29-7 lead with 4: 31 left in the half.

"We just couldn't get anything going," Hurd said. "I've never seen us play like that."

Down 37-18 at halftime, Loyola clawed back with scrappy play, closing to within 64-55 on a basket by Jerome Adams with 4: 41 left in the game.

Hurd and Damien Jenifer led the Greyhounds with 16 points apiece.

Sherman Whittenburg and Tom Kenney had 17 and 13 points, respectively, for Marist.

MARIST -- Smith 8-13 3-4 21, Samuels 2-11 3-5 7, Kenney 4-9 5-6 13, Whittenburg 4-10 6-6 17, Kennedy 2-6 1-4 7, Grant 1-2 1-4 3, Eppehimer 2-4 0-0 5, Dolan 0-0 0-0 0, Stellato 0-0 0-0 0, Hastings 0-2 6-8 6. Totals 23-57 25-37 80.

LOYOLA -- Thomas 2-3 3-9 7, Nasiou 2-5 0-0 4, Hurd 7-14 2-2 16, Jenifer 6-15 3-6 16, Carroll 1-2 2-4 4, Manu 0-0 0-0 0, Mack 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 1-11 0-0 3, Adams 2-6 4-4 8, Southall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 14-25 60.

Half--Marist, 37-18. 3-point goals--M 9-16 (Whittenburg 3-7, Eppehimer 2-3, Kennedy 2-3, Smith 2-3); L 2-19 (Jenifer 1-6, Walker 1-8, Mack 0-1, Adams 0-2, Nasiou 0-2). Rebounds--M 46 (Hastings 8); L 39 (Carroll, Thomas 7). Assists--M 12 (Kenney, Kennedy, Smith 3); L 11 (Adams, Jenifer 3). Total fouls--M 20, L 23. Fouled out--Adams, Carroll, Nasiou, Walker. A--532.

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