Loyola comes up short to Siena

'Hounds show intensity, but drop 75-58 decision

February 12, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

For the third straight game last night, the Loyola men's basketball team competed with an intensity and a hunger that has been missing from the Greyhounds for much of this frustrating season.

But poor execution, bad transition defense and mediocre shooting outweighed any potential positives Loyola coach Scott Hicks could take from the game, as the Greyhounds lost their sixth straight contest, falling to Siena, 75-58, at Reitz Arena.

"I felt like the effort, for the third straight game, was excellent," Hicks said. "But I think everyone is frustrated. We're just not consistent enough to win right now."

Loyola (4-17, 1-11 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), which lost to Siena, 81-65, earlier this season, fell behind by 10 points early and spent the rest of the night playing catch-up.

The Saints (14-9, 8-6) had four players score in double figures and were led by the solid inside play from freshman forward Michael Haddix (16 points, six rebounds). But Siena did more than pound the ball inside, burning Loyola's zone defense several times by hitting seven three-pointers when the Greyhounds tried to collapse down inside.

"I felt like we really hadn't shared the ball enough recently, and we did an excellent job of doing that tonight," said Siena coach Rob Lanier, whose team had lost three straight games coming in. "We knew what our problem was, and I think we finally [fixed it]."

Loyola trailed 48-41 with just under 14 minutes remaining, but a 12-2 run by Siena (which included a dunk by Brent Sniezyk and a deep three-pointer by Prosper Karangwa) gave the Saints a 60-43 lead, and Loyola never got within 10 points after that.

"Even when we were down 10 with about 2 1/2 minutes left, I still felt like we had a chance, but they hit a couple three-pointers and that was it," Hicks said.

On the night, the Greyhounds shot only 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times. Siena shot 49 percent for the game and turned the ball over just eight times. Lucious Jordan led Loyola with 16 points and Donovan Thomas added 14, but no other Greyhounds player had more than seven points.

"We're a work in progress," Hicks said. "We made some hustle plays and got back in the game, but we never really made the run we needed to."

SIENA - Haddix 7-13 2-8 16, Miller 1-4 6-10 8, Karangwa 6-8 3-6 16, Mitchell 2-5 2-2 6, Jordan 4-8 2-2 13, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Andrews 3-7 2-2 11, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Sniezyk 2-4 1-3 5. Totals 25-51 18-33 75.

LOYOLA - Thomas 3-5 8-10 14, Allen 2-5 0-1 4, Southall 2-12 0-0 4, Jordan 6-12 4-4 16, Dickey 2-3 1-2 6, Chatman 0-1 0-0 0, Bell 1-3 2-2 5, Bossman 2-4 2-2 7, Hinds 0-2 0-0 0, Chivers 0-2 2-2 2, Alujevic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 19-23 58.

Half -Siena, 37-32. 3-point goals-Siena 7-17 (Karangwa 1-3, Mitchell 0-2, Jordan 3-5, Andrews 3-7), Loyola 3-14 (Thomas 0-1, Allen 0-1, Southall 0-1, Jordan, 0-5, Dickey 1-2, Bell 1-1, bossman 1-2, Chivers 0-1). Fouled out-Haddix, Thomas. Rebounds-Siena 33 (Jordan 7), Loyola (Allen 8). Assists-Siena 10 (Jackson), Loyola 9 (Jordan, Bell). Total fouls-Siena 21, Loyola 23. Technicals-Andrews, Hinds, Loyola bench. A-423.

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