Loyola falls in fourth OT, 98-96 Niagara holds on despite Green's 39


NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Niagara broke a 91-91 tie with five straight points in the fourth overtime and went on to defeat Loyola, 98-96, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game last night at the Gallagher Center.

Kevin Green scored 39 for Loyola (12-12, 5-8), a Division I school record, in playing the entire 60 minutes. Mike Morrison held the previous Division I record of 38 points. Brian Clifford scored 26 for Niagara (7-17, 5-10).

Green's effort, five shy of Joel Hittleman's school-record 44, set in 1954, brought the Greyhounds senior within six points of 1,500 for his career.

Niagara sent the game into the first overtime when Tony Newsom made a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to tie the score, 65-65. Newsom got the ball out of a scramble just before taking the shot. Loyola had led by as many as 11 points in the second half.

Kevin Anderson's two free throws with three seconds left tied the game at 74-74 at the end of the first overtime.

Niagara scored the last three points of the second overtime to tie the game at 80. Loyola failed to score in the final 2 minutes, 12 seconds.

Tracy Bergan sent the game into the fourth overtime with a layup that tied the game at 87 with 32 seconds left.

In the fourth overtime, Niagara moved to its 96-91 lead with less than a minute left. Bergan's two free throws on an intentional foul with one second left ended the scoring. On Loyola's ensuing possession, Bergan got off a long shot that fell short at the buzzer.

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