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Patsos leads Siena to win over former team Loyola

It could have been a very emotionally charged say for Jimmy Patsos, Loyola’s all-time winningest coach in Division I as he came back to Reitz Arena, but this time as the man in charge of the Siena Saints. But it was business as usual for the man who led Loyola to the NCAA Tournament. He went in with a goal to win, not a desire to get a standing ovation before the game of a hope that the day would be made all about him and in the end his team scored 51 points in the second half to claim an 81-71 victor over his former team and successor, G.G. Smith.

The game was tied at 66 a piece with 2:46 remaining in the game but a 15-3 run by the Saints before Andre Walker made a meaningless layup wit three seconds remaining in the game handed the Greyhounds their third-straight loss as they dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Tyler Hubbard led all scorers with 23 points, mostly thanks to a 17-for-18 night from the charity stripe, while Eric Laster made six field goals in his 14 points effort. Denzel Brito and Walker scored 11 and 10, respectively. Loyola shot a respectable 43.8-percent in the game and a solid 21.4-percent from distance but their defense just got gashed in the second half. Loyola made 53.6-percent of their attempts, half their 3-pointers and made 17-of-18 free throw attempts. In the second half Siena out-scored Loyola 20-10 in the paint, it was much closer in the first half.

With six minutes remaining in the second half and the game tied at 55 each, the two teams got in a scuffle under the basket when a ball, intended for a referee, was thrown by a Greyhound player and hit a player for Siena. The referees has to break the players up. Loyola’s Franz Rassman and Eric Laster as well as Siena’s Marquis Wright were all charger with technical fouls.

After that moment Siena missed only one of their six final shots as they rallied for the victory.

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