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Loyola edges UMBC, 45-38

By: Kevin Collins

Freshman Andre Walker was the lone bright spot for either team as he led Loyola to a 45-38 victory over UMBC with 16 points.

Freshman Andre Walker was the lone bright spot for either team as he led Loyola to a 45-38 victory over UMBC with 16 points.

It took 12 shot attempts for the first basket to be made but finally UMBC’s Cody Joyce got things going with a layup three minutes into the game. And it was a clear show as to how things would play out in an ugly 45-38 game that went in the favor of the Greyhounds.

Scoring was few and far between turnovers and missed shots were aplenty and just genuine bad play occurred far too often.

“It was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen,” UMBC Head Coach Aki Thomas said.

One of the few bright spots in the game was Loyola freshman Andre Walker, who came off the bench and scored a game-high 16 points in 27 minutes.

Shortly after coming off the bench, Andre Walker created a lane with his dribbling skills and made an acrobatic layup and the four to boot. After the made free throw, Loyola made five of their next six shots and help UMBC to 2-for-9. In the second half Walker sparked an 8-0 run that gave Loyola a 39-33 lead and in a game like that where scoring was at a premium, it was enough of a cushion to secure the win.

“I like his toughness; I like his swagger,” Loyola Head Coach G.G. Smith said, but quickly followed it up by saying “there are still things he can improve on.”

It’s not just Walker that can improve things. In their first two games Loyola shot 45-percent from the 3-point line but could not keep up with the stat line, going 0-for-5 in the first half and only 1-for-13 in the game.

UMBC did not do much better, shooting only 10-percent from distance, making only 14 of their 53 total shot attempts.

Each team had 19 turnovers and combined for just five second-chance points and only 17 points off turnovers.

Early on UMBC’s full-court press stifled the Greyhounds and Joyce was down in the post, scoring points and carrying UMBC on his back. In the first half Joyce was leading all scorers with 10 points off 4-for-7 shooting but Loyola shut him down in the second half, where he contributed only four points.

“I thought Cody did a good job, but as the game went on their bigs started bodying him and neutralized him down the stretch,” Thomas said.

UMBC was held to five points in the final ten minutes of the game and it was not even fully because of Loyola’s defense. UMBC could drive into the paint they got 13 good shots off down the final stretch, but only made two of them.

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