Loyola feels new kind of defeat: 81-56 rout

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The silver lining to the Loyola men's basketball team's 2-5 start was that the Greyhounds had been in virtually every game.

But at really no time during the 81-56 nonconference loss to Santa Clara yesterday at Reitz Arena did the Greyhounds give coach Scott Hicks any reason to believe his team would end the 2002 portion of its schedule with a win.

Finishing off a two-game Baltimore swing, which included a 55-54 victory over UMBC on Friday, the Broncos (6-3) used 54.5 percent shooting and a 37-23 rebounding advantage to overwhelm the Greyhounds (2-6).

Santa Clara, a member of the West Coast Conference, outscored Loyola 45-27 in the second half, turning a game that was close only in its early stages into a rout.

"This is the first game the other team beat us in every aspect of the game, and that's disappointing to me as a coach," Hicks said. "Santa Clara is a very good program. They shoot the ball well, pursue the ball well after the shot. ... I think we were outclassed inside."

The Broncos broke the game open thanks to freshman Brandon Rohe, who came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points.

Rohe hit a three-pointer from near the top of the key to give Santa Clara a 56-38 lead, and on the next possession, wandered to the baseline and knocked down another long jumper, giving the Broncos a 21-point lead at the 10:19 mark of the second half.

From there, things only got worse for the Greyhounds, who never came close to denting Santa Clara's big lead.

Despite being out-rebounded 20-12 in the first half, Loyola trailed only 36-29 at intermission, largely because of sophomore forward Bernard Allen.

Allen scored all of his 15 points in the first half on 5-for-6 shooting.

The Greyhounds, who also got 15 points from sophomore guard Lucious Jordan, made six of 12 three-point tries in the first half, but one of eight in the second.

"We knew who their three-point shooters were because obviously by halftime, they had identified themselves," said Broncos coach Dick Davey. "They shot it pretty well in the first half, but for some reason, it didn't go in as much in the second."

SANTA CLARA-C. Anderson 3-6 1-3 8, Legge 1-2 2-2 4, Howell 5-7 1-2 11, Kargbo 3-7 0-2 6, Rohde 3-6 0-0 8, Patrick 1-4 0-0 2, Rohe 6-8 0-0 17, B. Anderson 3-5 2-2 8, Borchart 2-5 4-4 8, Niesen 1-2 2-2 4, Tibbets 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 30-55 13-18 81. LOYOLA-Allen 5-7 2-2 15, Nijaradze 0-4 1-2 1, Jordan 5-12 3-3 15, Bossman 1-7 1-2 4, Hinds 0-0 2-2 2, Chatman 0-0 0-0 0, Bell 0-4 1-4 1, Thomas 1-2 1-1 3, Dickey 1-2 0-1 2, Southall 3-4 2-2 8, Chivers 1-5 0-0 3, Alujevic 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 18-49 13-19 56. Halftime-Santa Clara 36-29. 3-point goals-Santa Clara 8-14 (Rohe 5-6, Rohde 2-3, C. Anderson 1-2, Kargbo 0-1, Patrick 0-2); Loyola 7-20 (Chivers 1-1, Allen 3-5, Jordan 2-6, Bossman 1-6, Alujevic 0-1, Bell 0-1). Fouled out-Chivers. Rebounds-Santa Clara 37 (Patrick 6); Loyola 23 (Allen 7). Assists-Santa Clara 14 (Rohe 4); Loyola 10 (Chivers 3). Total fouls-Santa Clara 20; Loyola 23. A-294.

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