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Loyola tops Sam Houston in consolation, 85-72


AUSTIN, Texas -- Loyola College hit 68 percent from the field in the last 20 minutes and came away with an 85-72 victory over Sam Houston State in the consolation game of the Longhorn Classic at the Erwin Special Events Center on the University of Texas campus.

Kevin Green scored a game-high 28 points for Loyola (3-4), including 20 in the second half, when the Baltimore school made 17 of its 25 shots from the field. After a controlled first half (eight turnovers, the lowest in a first half this year) produced a 31-22 lead for the Greyhounds, they stretched it to 63-38.

Sam Houston State (1-6) closed to within 77-67, but it was as close as it was to come. Loyola coach Tom Schneider used 11 players and nine scored, including Kevin Anderson, who followed Green with 19. For Sam Houston, Milton Hamilton was the high scorer with 26 points, including 12 of 12 from the foul line, and two of its eight players fouled out.

Loyola's big second half followed a first half where it made nine of 18 free throws, and missed all six of its three-point shots. The Greyhounds finished shooting 50 percent for the game, and now has hit that figure in each of its three wins.

Senior Derek Campbell had a career-high 13 points and 11 rebounds for Loyola, completing the final game of six straight away from home, the longest such stretch in its nine-year Division I history.

In first-round tournament games Friday night, Loyola lost to Texas, 112-68, and Sam Houston fell to Texas-Pan American 113-97, with Pan American setting a single-team scoring mark for the tournament.

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