Loyola put forth its best effort of the season yesterday but it wasn't enough, as the Greyhounds' season ended with a 74-63 overtime loss to St. Peter's in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament semifinals in Buffalo, N.Y.
The top-seeded Peahens, 14-0 in the MAAC in the regular season, pounded the Greyhounds by 15 and 24 points in previous meetings. This time, Loyola (9-19) played nearly perfect in the second half and went into the last seven minutes with a 45-38 lead.
But St. Peter's rallied and forced overtime on a put-back by Crystal Robinson with 2.7 seconds left in regulation.
"This is the best we played all year," said senior forward Lynn Albert, who led the Greyhounds with 22 points and nine rebounds. "You couldn't ask any more of this team."
The Greyhounds made 52.2 percent of their shots in the second half. They also made all nine of their free throws, but St. Peter's (24-3) attempted 39, and Albert was one of two Loyola starters to foul out.
"I don't know how that can happen," coach Pat Coyle said. "I thought the hand-check was outlawed last year."
Albert, a two-time all-MAAC first-teamer, finished her career with 1,148 points, fifth all-time at Loyola.
* UMES 62, Coppin State 57: UMES (12-14, 11-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) held host Coppin State to one field goal in the final four minutes, and Nicole Council and Aileen Frazer hit key free throws in the final seconds to seal the Lady Hawks' victory.
Coppin (7-19, 7-11) took a 55-53 advantage on Lisa Briggs' layup at 4: 05, but the Eagles did not score again until Kristi Webbs' jumper with 22 seconds left.
UMES didn't make any field goals from that point on, but did convert nine of 14 free-throw attempts, taking the lead for good on the second of Dawnyelle Browns two foul shots at the 1: 32 mark.
The Hawks converted 28 of 49 free throws overall. Coppin, which lost its sixth straight, was 7-for-24.
The fourth-seeded Mountaineers (15-12) will meet top-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Mount jumped to a 16-5 advantage on the way to a 35-30 lead at the half.
Mount St. Mary's failed to score a field goal over a 10-minute span early in the second but managed to lead by eight before the Broncs went on a 7-0 run late in the game to pull within 55-51 with a just over a minute left.
Amy Langville's three-pointer with 22 seconds left sealed the win.
* Howard 68, Morgan State 55: Nitrease Hamilton and Monique Liddell scored 14 apiece for Morgan State (14-12, 11-7) against host Howard (21-5, 18-0) in a MEAC game. Howard had a 51-32 rebounding advantage.
* Bowie State 60, Fayetteville State 37: Brandey Lemons scored a game-high 21 as the 15th-ranked Bulldogs won their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament championship.
Bowie State never trailed, taking control midway through the first half with a 14-0 run to lead 22-7. The Broncos then used a 7-2 spurt to pull within 24-18 at halftime.
Pub Date: 3/02/97