Loyola’s season ends at hands of ECU in CIT

March 26, 2013 | WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Season Ends In 70-58 Loss At East Carolina

 

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Loyola University Maryland did not score for a stretch of nearly six minutes in the second half, enabling host East Carolina University to turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point lead, and the Pirates dealt the Greyhounds a 70-58, loss in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The loss ends the Greyhounds season with a 23-12 record, the second-most wins in school Division I history. Five Loyola players – graduate students Erik Etherly and Anthony Winbush and seniors Julius Brooks, Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch – played their final games for the Greyhounds, but they finish their careers as the senior class with the most wins in the program’s Division I history (75).

Loyola, which won 24 games a year ago, also competed in the postseason for the second year in a row, another Division I first.

East Carolina (21-12) scored the first eight points of the game, but Loyola responded with nine in a row to take the lead on a Dylon Cormier layup less than five minutes in.

The Pirates retook the lead on a Ty Armstrong jumper the next time down the court, but after two tie scores, Cormier put Loyola up 19-17 with 7:16 on the clock.

R.J. Williams scored Loyola’s next five points on a pair of free throws and a three from the top of the perimeter, and Loyola was up five, 24-19, with 4:37 on the first-half clock. An Olson jumper pushed the lad to seven, but East Carolina would pare it back to four with 3:21 left.

Kemp, who went 6-of-10 from the free-throw line in the first half and 9-of-13 in the game, made 1-of-2 in consecutive trips for the Pirates before an Etherly jumper pushed Loyola back up seven with 2:21 on the clock.

Loyola had held without a field goal since the 9:17 mark until Paris Campbell hit a three at 1:29 to get the Pirates back within four. Campbell wasn’t done, hitting another three on East Carolina’s next possession to make it a 30-29 Loyola lead with under a minute on the clock.

Brooks made a short hook-shot with less than 30 seconds left, but Kemp scored on a dunk and was fouled with just over a second left before the break, and he hit the free throw to send the teams to the locker room tied at 32-32.

Cormier scored twice, and Winbush added a jumper in the first 90 seconds of the second half, giving Loyola a six-point lead and forcing an East Carolina timeout.

The Pirates went on a 7-0 run that gave them the lead, 39-38, on the backend of two free throws by Armstrong.

Loyola went back up on a Brooks putback at 16:16, but three Miguel Paul free throws 14 seconds back on top. An Olson jumper at 12:26 gave the Greyhounds a 45-44 advantage, but it would be their last of the game.

East Carolina scored the next nine points and held Loyola without a point until Olson scored again, this time on a layup, at 6:39.

Kemp led all players with 20 points, and Robert Sampson had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Cromier paced the Greyhounds with 12 points and eight rebounds; Olson added 11, and Winbush scored 10.

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