It was a dismal night for the Loyola men's basketball team.
The Greyhounds flunked two tests that are critical to their success last night, missing 50 percent of their free-throw attempts and failing to put away an opponent at home despite a late five-point lead.
Also, team leader and point guard Jason Rowe struggled through a long evening and limped off the court with an ankle injury in the final seconds of a 74-66 overtime loss to American University at Reitz Arena.
The Eagles (3-1) tied the game at 60 on Saliou-Binet Telly's seven-foot baseline jumper with six-tenths of a second left in regulation, then took a 71-64 lead with a little more than a minute left in overtime.
For Rowe, ice most likely will cure the ankle problem, but not much will heal the hurt he felt after the setback.
"Jason didn't do as good a job as Jason wanted to do down the stretch," said Loyola coach Dino Gaudio.
Rowe, the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, never really got his game going and was cast in a rare role as a bit of a goat for the Greyhounds (3-2).
He missed a free throw that would have given Loyola a 61-58 lead with 13.3 seconds left in regulation, failed to score in overtime and had a key turnover when the Greyhounds were down just 62-60 with 3: 22 left in the extra period.
The 5-foot-10, lightning-quick Rowe seemed to run away from the ball at times and committed a game-high seven turnovers. He had only two assists, far from a typical Rowe game.
The senior from Buffalo, N.Y., did have five steals and 16 points, but he shot just 6-for-13.
Loyola was led by Damien Jenifer's 17 points. Blanchard Hurd scored 14, and Brian Carroll contributed six blocks to help boost the Greyhounds late in the second half, when they built a 59-54 lead with 1: 06 left.
"There's no way we should lose at home when we have a five-point lead with one minute left," Carroll said. "This is our place, and people should fear playing us here."
American senior guard Jarion Childs deserved some of the credit for stopping Rowe, using quick hands and good anticipation to track the Loyola standout.
"Jarion Childs is one of the best defensive players in the country," said American coach Art Perry. "He's played against some top players and stopped all of them."
AMERICAN -- Washington 6-16- 0-2 12, Doctor 5-13 0-0 10, Telly 7-11 1-1 15, Alexander 4-11 3-6 11, Childs 4-12 3-3 11, Gray 2-3 2-4 6, Hearns 4-11 0-0 9. Totals 32-78 9-16 74.
LOYOLA -- Nasiou 1-4 0-0 2, Carroll 3-11 1-1 7, Hurd 5-12 4-6 14, Jenifer 8-13 1-3 17, Rowe 6-13 3-4 16, Thomas 3-8 2-8 8, Adams 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-64 11-22 66.
Halftime--American 34-31. End of regulation--60-60. 3-point goals--American 1-19 (Washington 0-3, Alexander 0-4, Childs 0-6, Hearns 1-6). Loyola 1-8 (Nasiou 0-1, Jenifer 0-1, Rowe 1-5, Adams 0-1). Fouled out--Doctor, Thomas. Rebounds--American 47 (Telly 11), Loyola 46 (Hurd 13). Assists--American 15 (Washington 7), Loyola 8 (Hurd 3). Total fouls--American 20, Loyola 18. A--826.