The Loyola offense struggled at times in the second half of Wednesday night's game at UMBC, but Jamal Barney and Brett Harvey came up with big plays to help the Greyhounds escape with a win.
Barney scored 10 of his team-high 21 points in the final six minutes, including a key basket in the final seconds, and Harvey made four crucial free throws late to help Loyola beat UMBC, 69-66, before 2,511 at the RAC Arena.
Barney is a 6-foot-3 guard who played at Southwestern. He scored a total of 18 points in Loyola's first two games, but the junior came off the bench and went 8-for-14 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
His best work came in the second half. That's when Barney went 6-for-8 from the field and scored 14 of Loyola's 33 points to help the Greyhounds outlast the stubborn Retrievers.
"We just don't win the game without JB," said Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos. "We were happy to get out of here with a win. Thank God we had JB at the end."
Barney's run started with a layup that gave Loyola (2-1) a 53-49 lead with 5:20 left. He then scored the team's next six points, but the junior guard's biggest basket came on a slick spinning lay-up with 11 seconds left that gave the Greyhounds a 67-64 lead.
"I've got a scorer's mentality," Barney said. "I know Brett can take over a game. I know I can take over a game. We've got like four players on our team that can take over a game at any time."
The Greyhounds also needed Harvey's help. He made two free throws with 1:40 left to give Loyola the lead for good at 63-62.
His biggest free throws came later, though. After Barney's spinning layup for the three-point lead, UMBC's Chris De La Rosa made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left. That cut the lead to one before Harvey (nine points) made two foul shots with 1.4 seconds remaining.
UMBC coach Randy Monroe started the game with 7-foot center Robbie Jackson and four guards and then rolled the dice in the second half by going with five guards to take advantage of their speed. The move worked on the offensive end as the Retrievers constantly drove to the basket to get free throws and scoring chances.
"We had the five little sports cars," Monroe said. "Those guys can play. I'm certainly not afraid to put them in the game at one time."
But it left the Greyhounds with a big size advantage when they had the ball. The Retrievers couldn't make some defensive stops in the final minutes. Chauncey Gilliam scored a career-high 22 points and gave UMBC two late leads, but Loyola made some crucial plays in the final minutes.
LOYOLA-Winbush 5-7 3-3 14, Walker 2-10 3-5 7, Brooks 0-2 0-2 0, Harvey 2-6 4-4 9, Olson 3-5 0-0 8, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 0-3 0-0 0, Wright 1-3 1-4 3, Barney 8-14 4-4 21, Rudolph 2-4 3-4 7. Totals 23-54 18-26 69.
UMBC-Jackson 2-6 3-6 7, De La Rosa 2-6 2-2 6, Satchell 1-2 0-2 2, Spadafora 4-8 2-2 10, Gilliam 6-11 7-10 22, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Groce 2-3 1-1 5, Grant 4-7 0-0 11, Neller 1-2 0-0 3, Wasco 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 15-23 66.