Corrigan's shot lifts Loyola past Canisius


A 7-footer hit a 22-footer with 13.6 seconds remaining last night to send 1,509 Loyola fans home deliriously happy.

Greyhounds center Sean Corrigan made his only attempt of the game to blunt a Canisius comeback in a 70-68 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at Reitz Arena.

The outcome halted a five-game Canisius winning streak in the series and kept the Golden Griffins winless in six road games.

"He's our best three-point shooter," Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos said of Corrigan, a junior from Hicksville, N.Y., who missed a subsequent free throw after being fouled by Darnell Wilson.

"I know I can shoot," Corrgian said. "Coach put a lot of faith in me at the end, but I couldn't have done it if Linton [Hinds] hadn't gotten the rebound and Shane [James] hadn't given me the pass."

Loyola (3-12, 2-3 MAAC) had squandered a 55-45 second-half lead when the Golden Griffins tightened up with their zone defense. The Greyhounds appeared confused on offense, took ill-advised shots and fell behind by as much as 66-61 down the stretch.

But a key three-point shot by freshman Freddie Stanback kept them in the game, Hinds made a big basket on a baseline jumper, and Corrigan followed with the big shot. Wilson could not convert at the other end, and Stanback hit one of two free throws to complete the scoring with 0.3 of a second left.

"We're not used to playing with the lead," Patsos said of the second-half skid. "We're used to playing when we're down 20. It's easy then, not so easy when you're up by a few points."

Canisius (4-10, 2-3) came into the game on a three-game winning streak and the best long-range shooting team in the MAAC. But it went 4-for-18 from beyond the arc. Jon Popofski was particularly ineffective (0-for-6 on three-pointers).

It was an encouraging victory for the Greyhounds, who had played without emotion in a 63-49 loss to Marist two nights earlier.

"They really played tough tonight," Patsos said. "They had a team meeting, and Hassan Fofana and Andre Collins spoke up about winning. This was the best 40 minutes of emotion we've shown."

Fofana and Collins, both transfers from Maryland, will be eligible to play for Loyola next season.

CANISIUS - Wilson 6-11 2-4 14, Downey 5-8 2-2 13, Doss 5-12 2-3 12, Harris 5-8 0-0 11, Popofski 1-8 0-0 2, Sargeant 2-5 0-0 4, Vanderheide 0-0 2-2 2, Byrd 3-5 2-2 10. Totals 27-57 10-13 68. LOYOLA - Stanback 2-9 2-4 7, Farrell 4-8 2-3 11, Chivers 3-4 0-0 6, Hinds 6-11 3-3 15, James 4-12 2-2 10, Allen 0-4 1-2 1, Manning 3-4 0-0 7, Bell 4-8 0-0 10, Corrigan 1-1 0-1 3. Totals 27-61 10-15 70. Halftime - Loyola, 39-34. 3-point goals - Canisius 4-18 (Byrd 2-4, Harris 1-3, Downey 1-2, Doss 0-3, Popofski 0-6); Loyola 6-15 (Bell 2-3, Corrigan 1-1, Manning 1-2, Stanback 1-2, Farrell 1-4, Hinds 0-1 James 0-2). Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Canisius 31 (Harris 8); Loyola 37 (Stanback 9). Assists - Canisius 14 (Downey 6); Loyola 13 (Manning 3). Total fouls - Canisius 12, Loyola 15. A - 1,509.

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