Loyola's season concludes with 88-67 loss to Manhattan

Greyhounds can't escape 13-0 hole in MAAC tourney

March 05, 2005|By Bob Matuszak | Bob Matuszak,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Loyola's madness in March didn't last very long. In fact, it never really had a chance to start.

Loyola was ousted from the postseason last night in a lopsided loss to Manhattan, 88-67, in the first round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

The Greyhounds got behind the eight-ball early against the wrong team.

Despite being the sixth seed, the Jaspers came into the contest with a tremendous amount of confidence, having won the previous two MAAC tournament championships.

No. 9-seeded Loyola (6-22), meanwhile, hadn't won a tournament game since upsetting Fairfield in 2001. Manhattan's poise helped carry it to a quick 13-0 lead before Sean Corrigan's layup with 13:27 remaining in the first half finally put the Greyhounds on the board.

From there, things only got worse for Loyola, as Manhattan started draining three-pointers and converting easy opportunities from the field.

"Manhattan is the defending champ, and they are definitely playing with a chip on their shoulder," coach Jimmy Patsos said. "I'm chasing that team, and that's the team I'm modeling after."

With just more than five minutes left in the first half, the Jaspers had already captured a 35-10 advantage, with all of the Greyhounds' points coming from Corrigan.

The rout was on, as Loyola trailed 45-17 at the break.

Early in the second half, the Greyhounds were able to go on a 12-4 run that cut the deficit to 57-36, but the damage had already been done.

The Greyhounds showed improvement on a monthly basis this season, but that production ended against the Jaspers. After no wins in November, Loyola won three games in February. Unfortunately, it will finish the year 0-1 in March, falling victim to a team they had beaten earlier in the year, 77-70.

But the day wasn't a total loss for Loyola as Charlie Bell finished in a tie with two other players for the MAAC Sixth Man of the Year award.

"An outstanding achievement," Patsos said. "He was our leading scorer last year and I asked him to come off the bench this year. He earned it."

LOYOLA - Allen 2-5 0-0 4, Farrell 2-7 0-0 5, Corrigan 6-11 0-0 15, Bell 0-7 6-8 6, James 1-6 1-3 3, Stanback 3-5 4-4 11, Hinds 6-6 4-8 16, Manning 0-1 0-0 0, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Nijaradze 0-0 0, Chivers 2-3 2-2 6, Alujevic 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 22-56 18-27 67. MANHATTAN - Anderson 1-4 5-7 7, Mulligan 6-12 3-4 16, Dubois 6-9 1-1 13, Xavier 6-11 4-5 20, Wingate 8-13 0-0 19, Gatling 0-2 0-0 0, inor 1-2 2-2 5, Enescu 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Ngarndi 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Konovelchick 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 31-58 17-21 88. Halftime - Manhattan, 45-17. 3-point goals - Loyola 5-11 (Farrell 1-4, Corrigan 3-5, Stanback 1-2), Manhattan 9-21 (Nulligan 1-4, Xavier 4-8, Wingate 3-5, Gatling 0-1, Minor 1-1, Lee 0-1, Konovelchick 0-1). Fouled out - Corrigan. Rebounds - Loyola 29 (Bell, Stanback 5), Manhattan 39 (Anderson 8). Assists - Loyola 14 (James 5), Manhattan 15 (Mulligan 6). Total fouls - Loyola 19, Manhattan 22. A - 3,707.

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