Three Greyhounds scored in double digits, but it wasn't enough as Loyola's season came to an end Tuesday night in a 70-58 loss to East Carolina in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament.
Though the game was tied at halftime and as late as the 10:49 mark in the second half, the Pirates used an 8-0 run to jump ahead. Loyola never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) led the Greyhounds with 12 points and eight rebounds, but he shot just 5-for-20 from the field. Loyola struggled from 3-point range as a team, hitting just two of their 20 attempts on the evening. Maurice Kemp led the Pirates with 20 points, and Robert Sampson had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Miguel Paul finished with 12 points and nine assists.
Loyola (23-12) scored just eight points in the game's final three minutes, while East Carolina (21-12) took a lead as big as 15 at the one-minute mark.
After falling behind 8-0, the Greyhounds stormed back and held a lead for much of the first half, going up by as many as seven before East Carolina closed the half on an 9-2 run. From there, Loyola never could quite find enough momentum to carry itself all the way back. Free throws were a major difference in the contest, as Loyola made just eight to East Carolina's 24.