Walker's double double carries Loyola past Mount St. Mary's, 65-42

December 11, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Memories of overtime thrillers, conference championship games and marquee performances are conjured when the Loyola and Mount St. Mary's men's basketball teams play their annual game.

The 166th edition saw host Loyola earn one of its most dominant performances in the series, running away with a 65-42 victory before an announced 1,422 on Saturday.

Greyhounds junior Shane Walker scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and had 10 rebounds for his fifth career double double.

"It's one of those games you worry about because it's Mount St. Mary's and the records don't matter," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said. "They lost a bunch of tough games by a couple of points. They're a good team. It was Shane Walker's best performance since he's been here."

Erik Etherly added 17 points and Jamal Barney (Southwestern) had 10 for the Greyhounds. No player for Mount St. Mary's scored in double figures. Loyola (4-5) ended a three-game losing streak in the series, but Mount St. Mary's still leads, 96-70, all-time.

One of the most memorable games in the rivalry occurred in the 1955 Mason Dixon Conference Championship game when the Mountaineers won 99-93 in overtime. It was Hall of Fame coach Jim Phelan's first of 49 seasons at Mount St. Mary's. Saturday's game didn't have nearly the same suspense.

The Mountaineers (3-7) got off to a dismal start in which they made four of their first 21 field-goal attempts (19 percent) and eventually trailed 34-23 at the half.

The Greyhounds continued to control the game in the second half and kept the Mountaineers off-balance with their man-to-man defense. A layup by Barney with 12:54 remaining in the game increased the lead to 20 and was his 1,000th career point.

"It meant a lot to get to score a thousand points in my career, especially against a team that I never beat since I been here," said Barney, a senior. "To get this win and get a career achievement is good. We came together and played together as a team. Nobody had an attitude today."

The Greyhounds made 23 of their 47 field goals (48.9 percent) and out-rebounded the Mountaineers, 40-28. It was the lowest amount of points Loyola has allowed this season.

Walker also finished with three blocks.

"The coach really challenged me the last couple of weeks to be more aggressive," Walker said. "I especially wanted to win for the seniors. It's been three years they haven't won."

The Greyhounds raced to a 10-point lead on a layup by Etherly with 13:50 left in the first half, forcing the Mountaineers to call a 30-second timeout. Loyola continued to dominate and a jumper by Lamar Trice ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought for the Mountaineers, who trailed 18-6 with 12:17 before the half.

The Mountaineers gave Penn State a scare in their previous game before losing, 57-53. Mount St. Mary's coach Robert Burke said his team lacked that same energy on Saturday.

"Loyola played well. Our recent performances got their attention," Burke said. "Our young guys didn't understand how that works."

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