Niagara nips Loyola men, 59-57

Greyhounds miss layup after Purple Eagles take lead with 15 seconds left

February 12, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

A wild finish saw Loyola nearly pull out a win against Niagara on Friday at Reitz Arena, but the Greyhounds missed a layup in the final seconds and Niagara won, 59-57.

Loyola falls to 12-12 overall and 8-6 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, while Niagara improves to 6-20 and 3-11 in the MAAC.

The Greyhounds led  by one point with 43 seconds remaining, but a layup by Anthony Nelson (20 points) gave Niagara the lead with 15 seconds to go. The back-and-forth game featured 13 lead changes and five ties.

Shane Walker led the Greyhounds with 17 points. Erik Etherly added 13, Justin Drummond chipped in with nine and Brian Rudolph scored eight.

Loyola began the second half in control, sinking two baskets to continue a scoring run from the first half that ended at 16-0 after Niagara's Eric Williams finished a layup at 18:42. The field goal marked the first for Niagara since the 6:22 mark of the opening half.

The Purple Eagles responded with a run of their own, scoring 11 unanswered points to nearly erase a 40-28 deficit early in the period. Anthony Nelson propelled the offense by tallying eight points during the run.

A Loyola foul sent Nelson to the line with 52.7 seconds left, and he converted both to put the Purple Eagles in front, 56-54.

Olson sank a 3-pointer 13 seconds later to give Loyola a 57-56 advantage.

Niagara answered with Nelson's basket with 15 seconds left. Niagara led, 58-57.

With five seconds on the clock following a Loyola miss and foul, Marvin Jordan sank a free throw after missing his first to extend the Purple Eagles' lead to two, 59-57.

Rudolph raced down the floor and nearly tied the game with a layup, but his attempt rolled off the rim and Niagara prevailed.

Loyola led at the half, 32-23, after a spirited finish that kept the Purple Eagles off the scoreboard for the final 61/2 minutes.

Merchant Marine 85, Goucher 57: Buck Reed led all scorers with 20 points for the visiting Mariners (14-9, 8-4 Landmark Conference). The Gophers (5-15, 3-9) jumped out to a 7-2 lead before scoring one point over the next seven minutes. Merchant Marine opened up a 21-8 lead midway through the first half.

There were two double-digit scorers for the Gophers (5-15, 3-9 Landmark): Shane Yambor (Paint Branch) with 12 points and Colby Giacubeno (Perry Hall) with 10.


Goucher 69, Merchant Marine 59: The host Gophers (3-18, 3-9 Landmark Conference) snapped a seven-game losing streak by downing the Mariners (6-16, 0-12) at the Decker Sports & Recreation Center.

The win marks a first since Goucher defeated the Merchant Marine, 69-59, on Jan. 15.

The Gophers never trailed, leading by as many as 16 in the first half and 20 in the second.

Sharnell Huff led Goucher with 17 points. Elizabeth von Ende and Precious Kollock (Patapsco) added 10 points apiece.

Merchant Marine's Rebecca Grimes tallied a team-high 14 points, leaving the senior guard two points shy of 1,000 for her career. Janay Weathers finished with a double double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.

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