Green leads Loyola by Canisius, 71-53


The countdown continues for Loyola's Kevin Green.

After becoming the second player in school history to score 1,900 points Saturday at Fairfield, Green scored 25 in Loyola's 71-53 victory over Canisius last night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game before 1,122 at Reitz Arena.

That raised the former Dunbar High star's career total to 1,944. The only man ahead of him is Jim Lacy, who scored 2,199 points from 1945-49.

Green figures to reach 2,000 early next month. Less certain is his pursuit of Lacy. Green would have to increase his scoring average from 20-plus to 23-plus in the remaining games.

"I don't think about it, or I didn't until someone brought up the 1,900 business over the weekend," Green said. "But, yeah, I think I've got a shot at the record."

Upset with his team's play at Fairfield, coach Tom Schneider tinkered with his lineup last night. He gave David Credle his first start, and the freshman responded with four rebounds as Loyola out-rebounded Canisius, 42-28.

"I don't think we've out-rebounded anybody like that since I've been here," said Schneider, who's in his third year. "We were really focused after getting embarrassed at Fairfield.

"It was time to shake the tree. Credle is talented, and he gave us beef under the basket."

George Sereikas, who yielded to the 235-pound Credle in the starting lineup, had his moments, too. He blocked two shots to increase his total to 40, two over the school single-season record he established last season.

Junior Mike Malone came off the bench, after point guard Tracy Bergan got in early foul trouble and eventually fouled out, and collected eight points and six assists in 30 minutes -- all career highs. Bergan played only nine minutes.

"Mike had been down," Schneider said. "I hope this builds his confidence."

Said Malone, whose father, Brendan, is an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons: "My father has been telling me for years to be ready when the time comes. He says it's mental toughness. I was sitting and just waiting to contribute."

The game matched two of the MAAC's lower-place teams, No. 6 Canisius and No. 7 Loyola. It was Loyola's second win over Canisius in 10 days and left the Greyhounds only a half-game out of third place in the MAAC and two games out of third.

Midway through the first half, Canisius was still with the Greyhounds at 18-18. Loyola then went on a spree that raised its lead to 35-22 with less than two minutes remaining.

The Golden Griffins staged a modest comeback, closing the gap to eight points at intermission. Loyola's 51.7 percent first-half shooting from the floor contrasted sharply with its 29 percent second-half shooting Saturday at Fairfield.

Canisius was within three points of Loyola early in the second half, but dropped back. During the last 10 minutes, it was no contest.

Next for Loyola is defending MAAC champion St. Peter's Saturday at Reitz Arena, followed by Towson State Monday.

CANISIUS (6-13, 3-6) -- Seymour 2-5 2-3 6, Dyall 2-8 0-1 8, Book 8-15 2-5 18, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, McCarthy 5-8 2-4 15, Parker 1-3 0-1 2, James 0-4, 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Wise 2-6 2-2 6, Gregory 0-0 0-0 0, McCaffrey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 8-16 53.

LOYOLA (6-11, 3-5) -- Pendleton 3-5 0-2 6, Reese 4-13 4-4 13, Credle 1-2 1-2 3, Green 8-13 7-7 25, Bergan 2-4 0-0 4, Binder 0-0 0-0 0, Sparzak 2-4 1-2 5, C. Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, K. Anderson 1-5 0-0 2, Wohl 0-0 0-0 0, Malone 4-7, 0-0 8, Held 0-1 0-0 0, Condon 0- 0 0-0 0, Sereikas 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 27-58 14-19 71.

Halftime--Loyola, 38-30. 3-point goals--CC 3-9 (McCarthy 3-4, Seymour 0-2, Brown 0-1, Wise 0-1, McCaffrey 0-1). LC 3-7 (Green 2-3, Reese 1-2, Bergan 0-1, K. Anderson 0-1). Rebounds--CC 28 (Book 8); LC 42 (Reese 11). Assists--CC 13 (McCarthy 4); LC 13 ( Malone 6). Total fouls--CC 17, LC 15. Fouled out--Seymour; Bergan. A--1,122.

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