Another loss creeps up on Greyhounds

Fairfield, Phillip come alive in the second half to defeat Loyola, 72-55

February 19, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Not veering from an all-too-familiar pattern, Loyola played well for the first 20 minutes against Fairfield only to fall apart again last night in a 72-55 defeat at Reitz Arena.

Last night's effort featured a late Greyhounds lead yielding to a 28-10 Fairfield run over the final 10 minutes. The Stags (11-13, 9-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who had struggled against the Greyhounds' switching defenses, got a healthy portion of those points off their own missed shots.

Fairfield's best player and the nation's top rebounder, Darren Phillip, was held to two points and three rebounds in the first half, but finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for the game.

"They were hurting us on the backboard," said Loyola coach Dino Gaudio, whose team fell to 7-18, 4-12 in the MAAC. "Phillip began with the offensive rebounds and the put-backs. That was the difference."

In the first half, the Greyhounds succeeded despite going several minutes at a time without a basket and turning the ball over 13 times. When Loyola settled down, it outscored Fairfield 11-2 over the last 3: 46 to take a 29-24 lead into halftime.

A key player in the team's surge was Jerome Adams, who scored five consecutive points in his final home game to lift the Greyhounds ahead 23-21 with 3: 16 left in the first half.

As the second half began, the Stags found more success in getting to the free-throw line, having attempted three free throws in the first half. Jeremy Logan hit four of them himself in the opening four minutes, giving his team a 36-35 lead with 16: 30 left in the game.

After allowing Loyola to pull ahead on an alley-oop dunk by Damien Jenifer, Fairfield scored eight points in a row to move ahead 44-37 with 12: 55 left. The Stags repeated the trick a few minutes later, going on a 13-2 run right after the Greyhounds had taken the lead on a Blanchard Hurd jump shot with 10: 52 left.

Fairfield coach Tim O'Toole noted that with Loyola running a rotation of seven players as opposed to his 10, it was his team's responsibility to press that advantage.

"We wanted to wear them down," O'Toole said. "They had all those guys logging a lot of minutes; the more we could get it up and down, we would eventually wear them down."

FAIRFIELD -- Spann 5-11 0-0 10, Logan 4-7 8-11 16, Phillip 5-8 3-4 13, Rivers 0-8 2-2 2, Clark 3-9 1-2 8, Roberts 3-5 2-2 10, Garcia 2-3 0-0 4, Price 0-4 0-0 0, Buzbee 1-5 1-2 3, Delfico 2-4 0-0 6, Eniojukan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 17-23 72.

LOYOLA -- Thomas 2-6 1-2 5, Hurd 4-7 1-2 9, Walker 2-9 0-0 5, Adams 4-12 6-6 16, Jenifer 4-12 0-2 8, Carroll 0-2 2-2 2, Mack 2-4 0-0 4, Southall 0-0 0-2 0, Parmer 1-1 0-0 2, Nasiou 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 21-56 10-17 55.

Halftime--Loyola, 29-25. 3-point goals--Fairfield 5-17 (Delfico 2-3, Robertson 2-4, Clark 1-3, Price 0-1, Buzbee 0-2, Rivers 0-4); Loyola 3-20 (Adams 2-8, Walker 1-7, Mack 0-1, Jenifer 0-4). Rebounds--Fairfield 48 (Phillip 14); Loyola 34 (Thomas 9). Assists--Fairfield 13 (Clark 4); Loyola 14 (Jenifer 4). Total fouls--Fairfield 18, Loyola 21. A--936.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.