Mount rally trips Loyola for first win

Winless Greyhounds fall, 75-71, in 158th meeting

College Basketball

December 14, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

EMMITSBURG - Before Division I entry, less intimate gymnasiums and different league affiliations, the Mount St. Mary's-Loyola rivalry was as intense as it got in local college basketball.

Old Memorial Gymnasium here and Evergreen at Loyola rocked to their rafters whenever the two Catholic schools played, but time and change have robbed the series of some of its ardor.

At Knott Arena last night, however, the action on the floor was as heated as ever, though both teams entered the 158th meeting with winless records.

It was the Mount that got off the schnide, rallying from an early 12-point deficit for a 75-71 victory before 1,429 fans.

"It's good to be on the other side," Mount coach Milan Brown said. "We stayed really positive and were able to pull one out. Loyola shot 60 percent from three [point range] in the first half, but we just kept plugging along."

Mount St. Mary's trailed until a three-pointer by Kiel Butler gave the Mount a 66-64 edge with 4:16 left. Then, leading scorer Landy Thompson (17 points) continued to help stretch the lead while the Greyhounds turned cold. Loyola never regained the lead.

Loyola (0-8) is off to its worst start since the 1982-83 team went 0-16, but coach Scott Hicks is encouraged by the improvement his team is showing.

"We're close [to a win]," Hicks said. "We need to get that first taste. One drink often leads to more. And I think we're good enough to put a few together. We're playing good basketball."

Command of the backboards (16-7 edge in offensive rebounds) was a major factor for the Mount (1-6), which has won seven of the past 10 games in the series and leads overall, 92-66.

Center Nick Dodson, who kept the Mount in striking distance with 12 first-half points, finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds and Charles Cook drilled four three-pointers within five minutes early in the second half and added 16 points.

Brown inserted Thompson at the point because "something wasn't working" but it was when Thompson returned to shooting guard that he thrived after halftime.

"I knew I had to be a little more offensive-minded than I was before," Thompson said. "I had to let the game come to me."

Charlie Bell poured in 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half for Loyola and Sean Corrigan chipped in 14.

LOYOLA-Bernard 5-11 1-2 12, Chatman 1-6 3-4 5, Corrigan 5-10 2-2 14, Bell 6-11 2-2 18, James 4-13 2-2 10, Dixon 0-0 0-0 0, Bossman 2-4 0-0 6, Hinds 1-2 0-0 2, Nijaradze 0-0 0-0 0, Chivers 1-1 0-0 2, Tuck 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-61 10-12 71. MOUNT ST. MARY'S-Butler 5-12 0-2 11, Cook 5-15 1-2 16, Dodson 8-11 0-1 16, Kearse 3-9 2-2 8, Thompson 7-14 2-4 17, Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, Atangana 0-1 0-0 0, Sumner 1-3 0-0 3, Epps 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 5-11 75. Half: Loyola, 39-36. 3-point goals: L 9-20 (Bell 4-5, Bossman 2-2, Corrigan 2-3, Allen 1-4, Chatman 0-2, James 0-2, Tuck 0-2); MSM 8-21 (Cook 5-10, Sumner 1-2, Butler 1-3, Thompson 1-6). Rebounds: L 34 (Allen 7); MSM 44 (Dodson 14). Assists: L 12 (James 6); MSM 16 (Thompson 5). Total fouls: L 17, MSM 13. A: 1,429.

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