Loyola hits bottom in hurry, 88-62

Canisius runs Greyhounds out in MAAC play-in game

March 02, 2002|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALBANY, N.Y. - The stay was short, but hardly sweet.

The Loyola men's basketball team made an early exit from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament yesterday by falling hard to Canisius, 88-62, in the play-in round at the Pepsi Arena.

It was a reversal of recent fortunes for both teams.

Canisius (9-19, 5-13 MAAC) limped into the tournament having lost eight of 10 while the Greyhounds (5-23, 4-14) were fresh off a 77-65 upset over league co-champion Rider in the regular-season finale.

But the No. 9 seed Greyhounds played poorly from the start and steadily grew worse.

With less than three minutes gone, they trailed 10-2 to the No. 8 seed. Three minutes later, the Hounds fell into an 18-5 hole, and could have started making plans for next season.

"I thought toward the end of the season, we started playing some pretty good basketball," said Loyola coach Scott Hicks. "Unfortunately, this was one of our worst performances of the year."

Canisius frontcourt players Andy Bush (14 points) and Hodari Mallory (17) each netted two early shots from short range, while all the Greyhounds could counter with was two free throws by Lucious Jordan.

"We had some looks," Jordan said. "But they weren't falling down."

Once Loyola managed to knuckle down underneath, Canisius started hitting from the outside. Small forward Toby Foster, who hit two first-half three-pointers, finished 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

"We had to make some decisions, defensively," Hicks said. "We tried to double down with our guards. As soon as they established that inside game, we tried to double with some other people, and that's when they reversed the ball around."

Loyola's best stretch was an 8-2 run that cut the deficit to 20-13 with 10:52 remaining in the half. Jordan set it off with a jumper, and Donovan Thomas capped it with a running layup.

But the Griffins replied with a 13-3 run, making it 33-16. With 6:46 remaining in the first half, Loyola's fate was all but sealed.

"There wasn't anything we could have done differently," Thomas said. "We just got outplayed."

LOYOLA-Davis 4-9 4-4 13, Thomas 4-9 11-14 19, Nijaradze 1-1 2-2 4, Jordan 5-10 2-2 14, Jenifer 0-7 2-4 2, Chatman 0-2 0-0 0, Allen 1-3 2-2 4, Koch 0-1 0-0 0, Dickey 0-2 0-0 0, Corrigan 0-0 2-2 2, Southall 1-4 0-0 2, Chivers 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 16-48 27-32 62.

CANISIUS-Mallory 6-10 3-4 17, Foster 5-7 0-0 15, Bush 7-13 0-2 14, Doss 3-6 2-3 8, Dux 4-4 0-1 8, Hampton 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 3-6 0-0 7, Hedges 1-2 1-2 3, Ravello 1-3 2-2 5, Khouzam 0-0 0-0 0, Perkovich 0-3 2-2 2, Fusco 0-0 0-0 0, Ferris 4-8 0-0 9. Totals 34-64 9-14 88. Halftime-Canisius 46-26. 3-point goals-Loyola, 3-12 (Davis 1-4, Thomas 0-1, Jordan 2-5, Chatman 0-1, Koch 0-1), Canisius 11-21 (Mallory 3-4, Foster 5-7, Doss 0-1, Jones 1-2, Ravello 1-2, Perkovich 0-1, Ferris 1-4). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-Loyola 26 (Thomas 6), Canisius 42 (Hampton 8). Assists-Loyola 9 (Davis, Jenifer 3), Canisius 22 (Dux 6). Total fouls-Loyola 16, Canisius 19.

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