Brown, 'Hounds have final word

Loyola 96 Niagara 95

College Basketball

January 13, 2007|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun reporter

Niagara came to Reitz Arena festooned in purple road uniforms, obviously the proper color for this monumental weekend in Baltimore.

But after a pulsating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game with Loyola, the Purple Eagles left the city feeling mighty blue.

Loyola's leading scorer, Gerald Brown (Douglass) made a three-pointer with 18.8 seconds left in overtime to decide a topsy-turvy, 96-95 game that didn't officially end until the final seconds when Niagara's Clif Brown missed a near-layup.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Greyhounds, who spilled Siena from the ranks of the league unbeatens in their previous start and then joined the Saints atop the standings with 5-1 records by topping Niagara (8-9, 3-3).

"We're not going to sleep tonight," said Purple Eagles coach Joe Mihalich, who called timeout with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to set up Brown "down low. But that last play wasn't the game. What I'd like to get back are the first five minutes of the second half."

Loyola (9-6, 5-1) couldn't get Brown going in the first half and fell behind by nine points at the break. Only 10 consecutive points by freshman point guard Brett Harvey kept it that close as Niagara flourished with 14 points off 11 Greyhounds turnovers and posted a 10-2 advantage at the free-throw line.

"I take responsibility for that," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said. "I thought I asked Gerald to pass it a little too much and we were a little out of sync."

But a halftime revision corrected that and Brown, the MAAC's leading scorer, became himself after the break and Loyola charged quickly back into a tie and then took a four-point lead midway through the half after a steal by Brown and basket and a technical against Mihalich that resulted in two more points from Marquis Sullivan.

From there, the lead went back and forth. A put-back by Charron Fisher tied the score in regulation for the Purple Eagles, and Brown missed a long jumper as the clock expired.

"We do that in practice all the time," said Brown, who paced five Greyhounds in double figures with 28 points and also had four steals.. "I just put that last one up and closed my eyes after I shot it."

Loyola shot 61.7 percent from the field to overcome sloppy ball-handling and a deficit at the foul line.

Note -- Jill Glessner scored 19 points and the visiting Loyola women (8-7, 3-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) held off a late rally to win, 66-56, over Manhattan (4-11, 1-4). The Greyhounds led by as many as 22 in the second half.kent.baker@baltsun.com

NIAGARA-Duffey 7-12 2-2 20, Fisher 9-16 9-10 28, Brown 7-17 2-2 16, Miles 5-11 3-7 14, Brooks 0-2 2-2 2, Hodge 1-3 2-2 5, Egemonye 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 3-9 2-2 10. Totals 32-70 22-27 95. LOYOLA-Isreal 5-10 0-1 10, Alujevic 1-3 0-2 2, Brown 10-22 7-8 28, Harvey 6-7 1-1 14, Sullivan 6-7 2-2 18, Manning 0-0 0-0 0, James 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 1-2 2-2 4, Tuck 8-9 1-1 20. Totals 37-60 13-17 96. Half-Niagara 45-36. End of regulation-85-85. 3-point goals-Niagara 9-27 (Duffey 4-7, Lewis 2-4, Hodge 1-2, Fisher 1-3, Miles 1-6, Brown 0-5), Loyola 9-16 (Sullivan 4-5, Tuck 3-3, Harvey 1-2, Brown 1-6). Fouled out-Wright. Rebounds-Niagara 34 (Duffey 7), Loyola 32 (Brown 6). Assists-Niagara 15 (Miles 4), Loyola 19 (Harvey 7). Total fouls-Niagara 17, Loyola 23. A-2,428.

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