Loyola falls in 3 overtimes, 82-76

Siena hands Greyhounds their sixth straight loss

College Basketball

January 11, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

During its five-game losing streak, the Loyola men's basketball team had fallen behind early in each game and had never really given itself a chance to win.

Last night, the Greyhounds experienced a new way to lose, and it was by far, the most painful.

In a game that featured two last-second three-pointers to force overtime periods and several missed opportunities that would have decided the outcome much earlier, Siena finally put away Loyola in the third overtime to capture a thrilling 82-76 victory at Reitz Arena.

"This is the hardest we ever played," said freshman Lucious Jordan, who tied sophomore B.J. Davis for team-high scoring honors with 19 points. "We are all dog tired, and to give all the effort we gave, and to lose a game like this, it is hard."

The Greyhounds, who dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 2-11, 1-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, were seconds away from putting this one in the win column. But leading 53-50 with 12.5 seconds left in regulation, Loyola lost the Saints' leading scorer, Dwayne Archbold, off a series of screens. Archbold then hit a three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Archbold scored a game-high 24 points to go along with 15 rebounds in playing 54 of the game's 55 minutes for the Saints (7-10, 4-1).

"He made a 23-footer with a guy in his face," said Loyola coach Scott Hicks. "We didn't want to foul. We just wanted to contest the shot."

The Greyhounds, who had four players score in double figures, again had their chances to close out the game in the first overtime but couldn't, and needed a last-second shot of their own to send the game into a second overtime.

On two successive possessions, Bernard Allen and Davis missed the front end of one-on-ones that would have given Loyola leads. Archbold made them pay. He made a baseline floater with 43 seconds left to put the Saints in front 59-56.

It was Loyola senior Damien Jenifer's turn to play hero. Jenifer, who scored 16 points and, like the rest of the Greyhounds, played fabulous defense in frustrating Archbold and the Saints throughout, hit an off-balance three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to tie the game at 59 and force a second extra session.

In that overtime period, Davis went to the foul line with nine seconds left and a chance to win the game. He made the first, but he missed the second, and the game moved to a third overtime.

"We had our chances, but we just didn't capitalize," said Hicks. "But I don't think we ever quit, and that is a compliment to a team that is 2-11."

Jenifer fouled out at the 3:20 mark of the third overtime, and the Greyhounds never recovered.

"They are extremely frustrated," said Hicks. "This was a critical game for us. We played well enough to win."

SIENA-Archbold 8-21 5-6 24, Sniezyk 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 2-8 2-4 6, Karangwa 1-9 0-1 2, Mitchell 5-17 6-9 17, Cavo 3-4 0-0 7, Buhrman 0-1 0-0 0, Andrews 2-4 1-2 6, Clinton 9-12 2-4 20. Totals 30-78 16-26 82.

LOYOLA-Thomas 5-8 2-3 12, Southall 1-2 0-0 2, Jordan 7-21 2-4 19, Jenifer 7-15 0-1 16, Davis 6-15 3-5 19, Chatman 1-9 1-2 3, Allen 1-6 0-3 2, Desmond 0-0 0-0 0, Dickey 0-0 0-0 0, Nijaradze 0-1 0-0 0, Chivers 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 29-81 8-18 76.

Halftime-Loyola, 27-23. End of regulation- 53-53. End 1st OT- 59-59. End 2nd OT-67-67. 3-point goals-Siena 6-34 (Archbold 3-12, Cavo 1-2, Andrews 1-2, Mitchell 1-6, Buhrman 0-1, Miller 0-3, Karangwa 0-8), Loyola 10-36 (Davis 4-9, Jordan 3-9, Jenfer 2-7, Chivers 1-3, Southall 0-1, Allen 0-2, Chatman 0-5). Fouled out- Karangwa, Jenifer. Rebounds-Siena 66 (Archbold 15), Loyola 46 (Davis 6). Assists-Siena 13 (Karangwa 3), Loyola 11 (Jenifer, Chatman 3). Total Fouls-Siena 20, Loyola 23. A-311.

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