Canisius rolls to win over Loyola, 79-65

'Hounds hurt by turnovers, Golden Griffins' backcourt

January 27, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

It was hardly a super Sunday for the Loyola College men's basketball team.

The defense allowed opposing guards Brian Dux and Hodari Mallory to roam freely for a combined 43 points. Coach Scott Hicks tried in vain to stabilize the Greyhounds' offense by interchanging ballhandlers, all of whom had some trying moments.

And when it was over, visiting Canisius had cruised to a 79-65 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory that induced Hicks to gather his team for some post-game film review of the damage.

Canisius (8-10, 3-6) had been a victim of the Greyhounds on its previous three visits to Loyola, one of which was played at a neutral site. Last season, Loyola ended a 12-game losing streak by beating the Golden Griffins at Reitz Arena.

Additionally, Canisius entered the game without senior forward Toby Foster, the school's all-time three-point shooter, and junior guard Dewitt Doss, both redshirted because of foot injuries. Then they lost third guard Chris Ravello (Archbishop Spalding) to a broken finger in warm-ups.

None of the detriments mattered as Mallory (24 points), Dux (19) and Kevin Downey (11) dominated the game from the backcourt and the Greyhounds chipped in with 20 turnovers.

"We were flat," Hicks said. "We shot well at the start of the game and maybe we got a false sense of security. Our execution on defense was not good enough and, overall, we were careless with the ball. We'd steal it and then give it back. I was trying to find somebody to take care of it."

The issue was decided in the final six minutes of the first half when the Golden Griffins reeled off the last 14 points to enlarge a one-point lead to 15 at the break. Loyola (4-13, 1-8) committed six turnovers and shot 0-for-5 during the run and didn't come closer than nine the rest of the way.

"Dux beat us a lot to the basket," said DeLonnie Southall, who topped Loyola with 14 points. "Nobody was there ... to help our guards. And a lot of our turnovers led to their points. Some people didn't come out ready to play."

The Greyhounds' leading scorer, guard Lucious Jordan, had only seven points, none in the first 31 minutes, and committed five turnovers while playing some at the point. Forward Bernard Allen, the MAAC's leading rebounder, shot 2-for-8 from the floor.

"I'm disappointed," Hicks said. "Jordan looked like just another guy out there today and a step slow. We just didn't have good games out of several people."

CANISIUS-Mallory 8-13 8-8 24, Dux 8-12 3-3 19, Downey 5-9 0-0 11, Ferris 4-8 0-0 9, Moton-Spruill 2-6 2-2 6, Jones 2-9 0-0 4, Hanley 1-1 2-4 4, Wyatt 0-3 2-2 2, Perkovich 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 30-61 17-21 79.

LOYOLA-Southall 5-7 3-4 14, Bell 5-5 1-2 11, Thomas 2-4 6-10 10, Jordan 3-6 1-1 7, Bossman 3-7 0-0 7, Allen 2-8 1-2 5, Alujevic 1-5 2-3 5, Chivers 1-1 2-2 4, Hinds 1-1 0-0 2, Chatman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 16-24 65.

Halftime-Canisius, 38-23. 3-point goals-Canisius 2-10 (Ferris 1-1, Downey 1-2, Dux 0-1, Mallory 0-2, Jones 0-4); Loyola 3-11 (Southall 1-1, Alujevic 1-3, Bossman 1-4, Chatman 0-1, Allen 0-2). Fouled out-Moton-Spruill. Rebounds-Canisius 28 (Downey 7); Loyola 31 (Allen, Southall 5). Assists-Canisius 10 (Dux 5); Loyola 10 (Bell 4). Total fouls-Canisius 21; Loyola 20. Technicals-Moton-Spruill 1. A-250.

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