Struggles at line foul up Loyola against Marist

Missing 7 of 15 in 2nd half helps drop 'Hounds, 74-69

January 18, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The conditions were right for Loyola to end its three-game losing streak. The team rebounded well, took care of the ball and stayed close last night.

Unfortunately, the Greyhounds (3-11, 0-6 Metro Atlantic) suffered from bouts of jitters from the free-throw line down the stretch, losing to Marist, 74-69, at Reitz Arena.

"We have just enough firepower where we have to do the fundamental things well," said coach Scott Hicks, whose team made only eight of 15 free throws in the second half.

Three of the seven misses came in a four-minute period in which Loyola could have been even with Marist (7-8, 3-3). Instead, the Greyhounds trailed 66-63 after Delonnie Southhall missed the second half of a two-shot penalty with 3:43 remaining.

Led by Lucious Jordan's 19 points, Loyola had its chances from that point and trailed 68-67 after a pair of free throws at the two-minute mark. But reserve Carl Hood put Marist up for good with 1:50 left and the Greyhounds only hit one field goal - with two seconds left - the rest of the way.

"It's frustrating because we knew we were so close," Hicks said. "I'm dying for them to have the feeling that comes with a hard-fought victory."

Perhaps the Greyhounds should have run away from Marist, which was led by David Bennett's 20 points. It looked that way with 7:51 left in the first half, when a thunderous dunk by Donovan Thomas (15 points) gave Loyola a 28-16 lead.

The Greyhounds were shooting well, hitting 10 of their first 16 shots. Marist, playing a straight zone early on, allowed Loyola room on the perimeter. Bernard Allen was able to hit two three-pointers and the team hit four overall.

Meanwhile, the Red Foxes missed 10 of their first 15 shots as their top scorer, Nick Eppeheimer, was limited to one three-pointer.

"We came out sluggish," said Bennett, whose total equaled his season high. "We were fortunate, especially with a start like that."

The Greyhounds allowed Marist to hit nine of its next 11 shots to take a 35-34 lead into halftime. At one point, the Red Foxes outscored Loyola 17-1 over a period of 6:24, getting baskets from five different players.

"It was disappointing because the defense has been one of our strong points," said Allen, who had 14 points. "Tonight, we just didn't get a hand up and they got open shots."

MARIST-Young 4-5 1-2 9, Eppehimer 5-11 7-8 19, Ellerbee 5-12 0-0 13, Sosler 1-2 0-0 2, Bennett 7-13 5-6 20, Hood 2-4 0-0 4, Siegrist 0-1 0-0 0, Handy 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 27-55 13-16 74. LOYOLA-Thomas 5-10 5-7 15, Allen 4-14 3-4 14, Southall 5-7 1-4 11, Jordan 7-14 2-2 19, Bell 0-1 0-2 0, Chatman 0-0 0-0 0, Bossman 2-6 0-0 5, Dickey 1-1 0-0 3, Nijaradze 0-0 0-0 0, Chivers 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-56 11-19 69. Half: Marist, 35-34. 3-point goals: M 7-15 (Ellerbee 3-5, Eppehimer 2-4, Handy 1-2, Bennett 1-3, Hood 0-1); L 8-22 (Jordan 3-6, Allen 3-9, Dickey 1-1, Bossman 1-3, Bell 0-1, Chivers 0-1, Thomas 0-1). Rebounds: M 32 (Hood 9); L 35 (Allen 12). Assists: M 8 (Bennett 3); L 9 (Bell 4). Total fouls: M 17, L 18. A: 1,214.

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