Loyola comes to halt vs. the Mount, 69-55

Greyhounds fail in bid for 1st win streak since '99

December 12, 2004|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

The Loyola Greyhounds had a chance to produce their first men's basketball winning streak in five years. Instead, before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,474, the largest this season at Reitz Arena, they fell flat yesterday against visiting Mount St. Mary's and made their new coach mad in the process.

After watching the Greyhounds shoot and defend badly, and after watching Mount St. Mary's junior guard Landy Thompson score a game-high 24 points to lead the Mountaineers to a 69-55 victory, Jimmy Patsos got another glimpse of the rebuilding effort that lies ahead.

Coming off the season's first victory against Niagara, the Greyhounds (1-6) looked like a team that is not used to winning. Loyola, which nearly set an NCAA record for consecutive losses a year ago, has not won two straight since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

"We played really well as a team against Niagara. Today, I saw some guys who wouldn't give it up for the team," Patsos said. "I guess they've had so few wins around here that they couldn't handle it. Maybe I should have [practiced] at 6 a.m. Maybe I should have gone crazy."

Patsos certainly was into the contest. He rode his players as hard as he worked the referees, and got into a spicy verbal confrontation with an official during a timeout early in the second half. And, with 1:29 left in the game, Patsos grabbed a courtside microphone and scolded the student section after someone reacted to a foul call against the Greyhounds by tossing a piece of trash onto the court.

But nothing would revive the Greyhounds against the Mountaineers (3-3), who now hold a 93-66 lead in the state's longest college basketball rivalry.

The Greyhounds, who started three freshmen, shot just 37 percent, missed 13 of 25 free-throw attempts and countless layups. They lacked an inside game, loosely defended the perimeter - where the Mountaineers made seven of 10 first-half three-point attempts to take a 38-26 lead - and slipped badly down the stretch in each half.

Only Loyola's occasionally scrappy defense and transition offense kept it hanging around at times. But Thompson (Archbishop Spalding), who scored 12 of the Mount's first 16 points, buried a three-pointer to spark an 8-2 run over the final minute of the first half.

Then, after the Greyhounds pulled to within 54-51 with 4:52 left in the game, the Mountaineers held Loyola to one field goal and closed with a 15-4 run by making nine of 11 foul shots. Loyola missed six of eight free throws down the stretch.

Junior center Sean Corrigan led Loyola with 11 points.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S-Durr 1-5 1-2 3, Butler 6-10 1-2 13, Kearse 1-4 4-5 6, Thompson 5-11 10-14 24, Sumner 1-6 1-2 3, Johnson 3-5 0-0 7, Whitney 0-0 0-0 0, Vann 0-0 0-0 0, Carbone 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 4-5 0-0 11, Gaeng 0-0 0-0 0, Loughry 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 21-46 19-27 69. LOYOLA-Stanback 4-9 1-1 10, Nixon 4-8 1-5 9, Corrigan 4-7 1-2 11, James 4-10 0-0 8, Farrell 0-10 1-5 1, Bouindas 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 2-5 3-6 7, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 2-5 5-6 9, Nijaradze 0-0 0-0 0, Chivers 0-0 0-0 0, Alujevic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 12-25 55. Halftime-Mt. St. Mary's 38, Loyola 26 . 3-point goals-Mt. St. Mary's 8-16 (Kearse 0-1, Thompson 4-7, Sumner 0-3, Johnson 1-2, Cook 3-3), Loyola 3-9 (Stanback 1-2, Corrigan 2-3, James 0-1, Farrell 0-3). Fouled out-Thompson, Corrigan. Rebounds-Mt. St. Mary's 38 (Durr, Kearse 7), Loyola 31 (Nixon 6). Assists-Mt. St. Mary's 14 (Sumner 5), Loyola 11(Farrell 4). Total fouls-Mt. St. Mary's 23, Loyola 22. A-2,474.

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