State hoops: Loyola squanders early lead at St. Joe's
From Sun staff and news services|
Dec 10, 2014 | 1:58 AM
Saint Joseph's overcame early offensive difficulties to blow past Loyola Maryland, 68-42, on Tuesday night at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia.
The Greyhounds dominated the opening 12 minutes and grabbed an 18-7 lead.
After falling behind by 11 points, the Hawks outscored the Greyhounds 50-13 over the next 20 minutes.
Saint Joseph's (5-4) led by as many as 26 in the second half.
The Hawks limited Loyola to 28.3 percent shooting (15-for-53) from the field and 12.5 percent (2-for-16) on 3-pointers. The Saint Joseph's offense that struggled to score in the initial minutes wound up shooting 46.9 percent (23-for-49).
The transition game played a big role in the comeback, as the Hawks outscored the Greyhounds 15-6 off turnovers and 14-2 on the fast break.
Forward Cam Gregory led Loyola (3-6) with 14 points and eight rebounds.
No. 25 Notre Dame 93, Mount St. Mary's 67: Jerian Grant, Steve Vasturia and Zach Auguste each had 19 points for Notre Dame (9-1), which defeated an opponent from the Northeast Conference for the second straight game.
Chris Martin made five 3-pointers en route to 19 points for the Mountaineers (2-5), who made a season-high 13 3-pointers and finished a five-game road trip with a 2-3 mark.
Will Miller was the only other player in double figures with 12 for the Mount, which fell to 1-23 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes.
East Carolina 82, Loyola Maryland 33: The Greyhounds (1-7) fell behind early and were unable to overcome the deficit against the visiting Pirates (8-2). at Reitz Arena.
Jeneh Perry led Loyola with 12 points.
Bucknell 85, UMBC 41: Junior guard Capree Garner had an eighth straight double-digit performance, scoring a team-best 18 points for the Retrievers (4-4), but the host Bison (5-3) shot 83.3 percent from beyond the arc in the opening half.