Canisius' late outburst sends Loyola packing


ALBANY, N.Y. -- There was no fairy tale twist for Loyola this year.

The Greyhounds shocked the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with three upset wins to get their first NCAA bid last year, but they returned to their accustomed also-ran tournament status last night with a 77-64 loss to second-seeded Canisius in the quarterfinals at the Knickerbocker Arena.

Loyola was within 57-50 with 8:58 to go, but Canisius (18-11) outscored the Greyhounds 13-0 over the next six minutes. Nine of those points came at the free-throw line, where the Griffs outscored the Greyhounds 28-13.

"They wore us out," Loyola coach Brian Ellerbe said. "Canisius is a very good team, and they don't beat themselves. Neither team played well, but they made more plays."

It was the fifth time in six seasons in the MAAC that Loyola was eliminated in its tournament opener. The seventh-seeded Greyhounds completed their first season under Ellerbe with a 9-18 record.

Loyola will return only five scholarship players, and one of them, sophomore guard Milt Williams, suffered a knee injury early in the second half.

It was the final game for five seniors, and forward B.J. Pendleton and center David Credle, battled to the end.

Pendleton, who was writhing on the floor in pain after taking an elbow to the head 38 seconds into the second half, returned and scored seven straight points that got Loyola within 43-39 with 16:10 to go. He had 20 points and eight rebounds, and completed his career with 1,457 points and 708 rebounds.

Credle, one of the unsung heroes when Loyola surprised Canisius in the semifinals last year, came up with some sensational blocks to go with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Teron Owens, the junior guard from Catonsville who became a scoring threat after Darius Johnson left the team in January, had 17 points, and freshman point guard John McDonald, a member of the MAAC all-rookie team, scored 10.

Canisius was led by its superb forward tandem. Senior Craig Wise, the MAAC Player of the Year, had 21 points and eight rebounds, and junior Darrell Barley, another first-team all-MAAC selection, had 17 and eight, respectively, and had a big three-point play with 11:56 to go that stretched the difference to 52-43.

"Loyola beat us last year and they played us tough twice this year," Wise said. "We were ready for them."

LOYOLA -- Owens 5-7 4-4 17, Pendleton 8-14 4-7 20, Credle 4-13 1-1 9, Walker 0-1 2-2 2, McDonald 4-8 0-0 10, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Wallace 0-0 2-4 2, Tate 1-7 0-0 2, Gabriel 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 23-55 13-18 64.

CANISIUS -- Barley 5-13 6-8 17, Wise 5-13 9-12 21, Meeks 5-15 6-9 16, Thompson 0-3 0-0 0, Moore 2-5 7-10 11, Young 1-4 0-0 3, Collins 3-4 0-2 7, James 0-0 0-0 0, Dupree 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-58 28-41 77.

Halftime--Canisius, 41-32. 3-point goals--L 5-12 (Owens 3-5, McDonald 2-3, Walker 0-1, Gabriel 0-3); C 5-15 (Wise 2-4, Barley 1-1, Collins 1-2, Young 1-4, Meeks 0-1, Moore 0-1, Thompson 0-2). Fouled out--Barley, McDonald, Meeks, Owens. Rebounds--L 37 (Credle 10); C 40 (Meeks 10). Assists--L 14 (Gabriel 4); C 16 (Moore 9). Total fouls--L 26, C 16. Technicals--None. A--n/a.

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