Loyola held Canisius scoreless for the final 8:02 of the game and pulled away for a 70-52 victory Sunday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball.
The victory, coupled with a win Friday night at Niagara, gave the Greyhounds (16-5, 9-2 MAAC) their first-ever road sweep of the Buffalo-area schools since joining the league in 1989-90.
"Last night, I went to the Buffalo symphony, where they have a great conductor, Joann Falletta, and that is what we talked about before the game," coach Jimmy Patsos said after the win. "I told them that it is the whole orchestra that matters, not just one instrument. Our depth is why we won both games up here.
"Justin Drummond and Anthony Winbush both stepped up, and Jordan Latham played great defense that doesn't necessarily show up in stats. It was a total team effort without us having Dylon Cormier. Dylon was tremendous in the huddle in both games, even though he was only able to play a little bit [because of an injury] against Niagara. He has a future in coaching when he's done playing."
Loyola went on a 12-0 run to close the first half and then added another 12-0 run early in the second half to take control against the Golden Griffins (4-17, 1-10).
Shane Walker led all players with his first double double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also had a season-high five blocked shots, one shy of his career best.
Justin Drummond added 14 points off the bench after his 21-point performance Friday night against Niagara. Erik Etherly scored 15 points and had a game-high five assists after an 18-point game Friday.
Loyola had a 14-rebound advantage in the game, grabbing 43 to Canisius' 27. The Greyhounds had 22 offensive boards.
Loyola 68, Niagara 48: Kara Marshall scored a career- and game-high 22 points, Alyssa Sutherland had a career-best 18 points and the visiting Greyhounds outscored the Purple Eagles 21-3 over the final 7:38 of the game to take home the win.
The win moved Loyola to 8-13 overall and 4-6 in the MAAC, while Niagara fell to 7-15 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
For Loyola, Katie Sheahin had 11 points and Miriam McKenzie had 10. Marshall posted her second straight 20-point performance after having a career-high 21 against Canisius on Friday night. She also added four rebounds while shooting 8-for-12 from the floor and hitting five 3-pointers for the second time this season.
Sheahin finished with six steals for the second straight game, giving her 246 for her career and moving her into second on Loyola's all-time career steals list, just four behind Lorrie Schenning for the record.
UNC Wilmington 76, Towson 61: The Seahawks (13-7, 6-3 CAA) shot 55.6 percent in the second half en route to a win over the host Tigers (12-8, 3-6).
Towson got 14 points apiece from seniors Deree Fooks and Krystin Fields in the loss.
"I thought we started the game out pretty strong," said coach Joe Mathews. "We have some kids playing different positions right now and we struggled to maintain momentum in the second half."
Towson shot 37 percent in the second half and finished the game at 40.7 percent.
Fooks had five rebounds and two steals in addition to her 14 points. Fields contributed three assists in the game, while sophomore guard Tanisha McTiller had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Senior guard Krystal Parnell finished with eight points, six rebounds and six assists.
UNC Wilmington had four players score in double figures, led by Abria Trice's 20 points. Karneshia Garrett had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Alisha Andrews finished with 11 points, four rebounds and six assists.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun