Senior guard Cameron Ayers, who scored a game-high 22 points, hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to give Bucknell a 55-53 win over host Loyola Maryland on Wednesday night in a Patriot League game at Reitz Arena.
Guard Jarred Jones (John Carroll) and forward Jordan Latham each had 13 points for Loyola, which stormed back from a 12-point second-half deficit to take a 42-35 lead.
Bucknell forward Dom Hoffman (10 points, eight rebounds) made a basket with 3:15 left to give the Bison a 52-51 lead. Ayers hit the game-winner after Loyola guard R.J. Williams gave the Greyhounds a 53-52 lead on a basket with 1:13 left.
The Bison (13-13, 8-7) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and took a 28-14 advantage into halftime. Ayers had 11 points at intermission.
Bucknell took a 30-18 lead early in the second half before the Greyhounds jumped on top 34-33 on two free throws by Jones.
Bison guard John Azzinaro, who scored seven of his 12 points in the first half, entered the game averaging just 2.3 points and 11.3 minutes in 23 games off the bench. Ayers entered the game averaging 15.6 points per contest.
The Greyhounds (10-16, 5-10), who have lost four straight, were coming off an 87-72 defeat at home Saturday against Boston University, while Bucknell beat Army, 73-61, at home Saturday.
Ayers finished with 19 points when Bucknell won at home over Loyola on Jan. 22.
Loyola returns to action Sunday at Colgate, while the Bison play Sunday at Boston University.
Stony Brook 72, UMBC 53: Brett Roseboro scored a career-high 20 points for the visiting Retrievers (9-18, 5-9 American East) in a losing effort.
The second-place Seawolves improved to 19-8 overall and 11-2.
Roseboro hit eight of 15 shots from the field, added a team-best nine rebounds and recorded UMBC's two rejections of the game.
The Retrievers got off to an excellent start, frustrating the Seawolves with a 1-3-1 defense. Roseboro scored five points as UMBC got out to an 8-0 lead at the 15:50 mark. But Stony Brook countered with a 14-4 run and took its first lead on a dunk by Eric McAlister near the midpoint of the half. After hitting seven of its first 13 field-goal attempts, the Retrievers struggled down the stretch of the half, misfiring on nine of its last 11. UMBC was whistled for 13 first half fouls and the Seawolves paraded to the free throw line, hitting 15 of 18 and built a 35-23 advantage.
UMBC stayed within striking distance until the midpoint of the second half. Retrievers freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) hit his lone 3 of the contest to pull the visitors to within 52-40 with 11:27 remaining. UMBC had a possession to trim the deficit further but could not convert and Seawolves started a 9-0 run to grab a game-high 21-point advantage at 61-40 with six minutes remaining.
Stony Brook sophomore post Jameel Warney led the hosts with 18 points.
UMBC plays its final home game of the season Saturday, when it hosts Binghamton at 7 p.m.
Seniors Quentin Jones (Mount St. Joseph), Chase Plummer and Roseboro will be honored in pregame ceremonies.
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77, UMES 76: Damon Lynn went 1-for-2 from the line with two seconds left to lift the host Highlanders (12-15) over the Hawks (4-20).
Lynn finished with a game-high 27 points. Troy Snider had 24 points, and Devon Walker added 21 points for UMES.
New Jersey led 40-29 at the half.