Loyola stuns Manhattan, 77-70

Hinds' 18 points, Allen's 14 lead Greyhounds against defending MAAC champs

College Basketball

February 07, 2005|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

This was the type of game Loyola has made a habit of losing in recent years. The Greyhounds took a 16-point lead early in the second half, and then slowly began watching it dwindle.

Turnovers, missed shots and free throws let Manhattan creep back into the game. The two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion sliced the Loyola lead to three with 1:59 left, and the Greyhounds looked ready to fold.

But new coach Jimmy Patsos had challenged his team at a meeting Friday night to look for reasons why they lose so much. He then told them nothing is permanent and it's time to change things. The Greyhounds listened and didn't crumble, holding on for a surprising 77-70 victory over Manhattan before 1,358 at Reitz Arena.

Loyola's Bernard Allen had his first double double, dominating play inside with 14 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Linton Hinds tied a career high with a team-high 18 points and made several clutch free throws in the final two minutes. Shane James finished with 15 points and made a steal in the final minute to help the Greyhounds hang on.

In the first half, Charlie Bell hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Loyola a 40-28 halftime lead, and the Greyhounds (4-17, 3-9) led by at least 10 for most of the second half. Manhattan (10-11, 5-8) rallied, as Loyola didn't score a basket in the final six minutes. However, the Greyhounds made several key free throws in the final minute to hold off the Jaspers.

"We had an emotional talk on Friday night," Patsos said. "I asked them, `Why does it have to be this way? Why can't we be winners?'"

Patsos then scrawled the "nothing is permanent" phrase on the locker room blackboard on Saturday - a phrase that Gary Williams and Maryland used a few years ago. Hinds said he understood that Patsos meant it's time to change things.

"It's a big, big win for us," Hinds said. "It's a big confidence builder."

Allen agreed this will be the type of win that helps the Greyhounds, especially because they struggled so much in the final minutes. Instead of finding a way to lose, they found a way to win.

"We don't always [have to] play perfectly, but if you play hard, you can win," Allen said. "We don't have to lose every game."

Allen played a big role as Loyola had a 49-25 edge in rebounding. The Greyhounds had 19 offensive rebounds and were able to eat up large chunks of time in the closing minutes.

That proved effective as Manhattan repeatedly got to the free-throw line. However, the Jaspers made only 31-of-48 from the line, which proved costly. Manhattan also missed 12 of its 13 three-pointers - but Loyola made five of its 13.

Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez wasn't happy that his team had to play about 41 hours after losing at Iona on Friday night. He thought the Jaspers were tired, as this was their fifth game in 11 days, but didn't want to take anything away from Loyola.

"They played hard the whole game," Gonzalez said. "Those guys deserve the credit."

MANHATTAN-Mulligan 4-12 15-17 23, Dubois 3-5 4-4 10, Xavier 3-7 2-2 8, Wingate 3-6 0-1 7, Anderson 5-11 8-14 18, Konovelchick 1-3 0-4 2, Gatling 0-0 0-0 0, Minor 0-0 1-2 1, Ngarndi 0-0 1-4 1, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 19-45 31-48 70.

LOYOLA-Stanback 4-8 3-4 13, Allen 4-11 1-7 14, Corrigan 2-6 1-2 5, Hinds 4-13 10-14 18, Farrell 0-4 1-2 1, Bell 1-2 0-0 3, Chivers 3-6 2-2 8, Alujevic 0-1 0-0 0, James 4-5 6-7 15. Totals 24-56 24-38 77. Halftime-Loyola, 40-28. 3-point goals-Manhattan 1-13 (Wingate 1-2, Mulligan 0-4, Xavier 0-4, Konovelchick 0-2, Minor 0-1), Loyola 5-13 (Stanback 2-3, James 1-1, Allen 1-2, Bell 1-2, Corrigan 0-3, Alujevic 0-1, Farrell 0-1). Fouled out-Dubois, Wingate, Minor, Allen.. Rebounds-Manhattan.25 (Anderson 10), Loyola.49 (Allen 16). Assists-Manhattan 8 (Anderson 3), Loyola.12 (Hinds, Farrell, Bell, 3). Total fouls- Manhattan.28, Loyola.29 A-1,358.

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