Loyola led favored St. Joseph's of Philadelphia for much of the game last night at Reitz Arena, but the visiting Hawks asserted their superiority in the last seven minutes and won going away, 90-70.
The Greyhounds, paced by Tracy Bergan's 13 points, led at halftime 36-35. Loyola's swarming, pressing defense was giving St. Joseph's a fit.
But St. Joseph's tied the game at 52 on a field goal by Mark Bass with 14:10 left in the game.
Then the Hawks took the lead for good at 54-52 on a layup by Demetrius Poles.
From that point, St. Joseph's experience was too much for the young Greyhounds.
zTC "Our kids gave a good effort," said Loyola coach Skip Prosser. "They just played better than we did.
"Pendleton and Johnson played hard," he added. "The others just have to step it up.
"We're trying to take this season game by game. We're disappointed we didn't win this one."
Scoring honors for the victors were shared by seniors Rap Curry and Carlin Warley, each with 22 points. Warley is is the son of one-time Baltimore Bullet Ben Warley.
B. J. Pendleton, a 6-foot-6 junior, led Loyola's scorers with 21 points. Darius Johnson, a 6-2 freshman from Cincinnati, was next with 15.
Loyola, with wins over William and Mary and Towson State, is 2-1. St. Joseph's record stands at 3-1.
The Hawks, of the strong Atlantic-10 Conference, have beaten Loyola 11 straight times and lead the series, 15-6.
"Loyola is a much improved team," said St. Joseph's coach John Griffin. "They played really hard."
St. Joseph's defeated Loyola last year, 73-61, in Philadelphia.
Three minutes into the game, Loyola's Dave Credle was ejected when he came off the bench in response to some shoving by Pendleton and Warley under the St. Joseph's basket.