Loyola suffers 4th loss in a row

Rally from 20 down falls short at end

Siena 89 Loyola 83

February 03, 2006|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After his team's fourth straight loss last night, Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said he saw the Greyhounds' first real adversity of the season as more than a mere bump in the road.

"It's like a pothole -- the biggest pothole I've ever seen," Patsos said. "I'm really concerned."

Loyola made just four of its final 25 shots of the first half and fell behind by as many as 20 before staging a furious rally in the final minutes that came up short in an 89-83 loss to Siena before 2,588 at Reitz Arena. The loss extended Loyola's longest losing streak of the season, and dropped the Greyhounds to a tie for fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, where the top four teams earn first-round tournament byes.

After starting 10-3, the Greyhounds (11-9, 5-7 MAAC) now have lost six of seven.

"We're coming out too slow and falling behind," said guard Andre Collins. "We have to fight our way back, and it takes a lot of energy to do that. We're just coming up short."

Despite 26 points from Collins, a career night by Siena's Antoine Jordan, a 6-foot-4 senior from Randallstown, helped stake the Saints to an insurmountable lead. Jordan scored a career-high 32 points -- on 13-for-22 shooting --- to go along with nine rebounds and three assists.

"He was the guy all night long," said Siena coach Fran McCaffery. "Whenever it seemed like Loyola made a run, he would make a shot."

Still, Loyola nearly staged a miraculous comeback. Down by 14 with just under three minutes to play, the Greyhounds struck for 10 straight points over the next 40 seconds by forcing a series of turnovers deep in their own end. Collins' layup off an inbounds steal cut the lead to 79-75, but Loyola could get no closer.

Patsos said that his team may have been spoiled by its early success and lost a bit of its hunger.

"We used to grab rebounds and not let anyone take them from us," Patsos said. "Now I see us getting the ball taken from us. I want to know why. The little things we used to do have gone away.

"We grinded our way here. Now we've gotten to the big show, but I don't see a lot of guys who want to just grind it and do the little things anymore."

Siena (10-10, 5-7) took command in the early going simply by outhustling the Greyhounds.

The Saints gave themselves multiple chances at the offensive end, grabbing 10 of the game's first 14 rebounds, then time and again converted thanks to the hot shooting of Jordan.

With Loyola leading by a point, Siena used a 16-5 run, punctuated by Jordan's steal of a telegraphed pass by Hassan Fofana and slam on the other end, to build a 30-20 lead.

Loyola shot just 29 percent in the half and went to the locker room with its lowest first-half total (27) of the season.

SIENA--Jordan 13-22 3-3 32, Ryan 5-11 0-0 13, T.Fisher 2-9 6-6 12, Hasbrouck 6-9 0-0 12, Mensah 5-9 8-11 18, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Osby 0-3 0-0 0, Beers 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 32-65 17-20 89. LOYOLA--Collins 11-26 2-2 26, Stanback 6-9 0-0 16, James 4-10 0-0 9, Fofana 4-7 0-0 8, Tuck 2-3 2-2 6, Sullivan 1-5 0-0 3, Manning 0-2 0-0 0, Khaleel 0-1 1-2 1, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Farrell 5-9 3-3 13, Alujevic 0-4 1-2 1. Totals 33-76 9-11 83. Halftime--Siena 41-27. 3-point goals--Siena 8-20 (Ryan 3-5, Jordan 3-5, T.Fisher 2-8, Hasbrouck 0-2), Loyola 8-23 (Stanback 4-6, Collins 2-12, James 1-2, Sullivan 1-2, Manning 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Siena 37 (Mensah 10), Loyola 42 (James 9). Assists--Siena 16 (Mensah 5), Loyola 15 (James 7). Total fouls--Siena 13, Loyola 19. A--2,588.

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