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Poor shooting dooms Loyola against Mountaineers

By: Kevin Collins

For 39 minutes, the Loyola Greyhounds played a close game with the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineers. But after finishing the game with five consecutive misses in the final minute of the game, the Mountaineers pulled away to a 74-65 victory in Reitz Arena, on Saturday night.

Both teams started hot, each making three of their first four shots. But then Loyola went cold, hitting only two of their next 10, and the Mountaineers jumped out to a lead.

Loyola head coach G.G. Smith said his team was in a funk, “Consistency was a big issue for us, every time we went on a run, we went cold for the next ten minutes. It happened in the first half, it happened to end the game, we got cold, and we couldn’t do anything about it.”

One thing Loyola did do well was shoot from deep. Loyola went 11-for-19 from beyond the 3-point line.

“It’s something we worked on in practice, they [Mount Saint Mary’s] are a big team and we knew it was gonna be tough to drive inside,” Smith said.

“I thought we needed Andre to step up a bit more. He’s been really impressive so far, and I know he’s a freshmen, but 2-for-10 is not good enough, and for our team as a whole, missing 30 shots, not a good look,” Smith said. The Greyhounds went 22-for-52 shooting on the night, and had 14 total turnovers.

Although they did not shoot well, Loyola had a chance down the stretch, and this was do to their ability to hold the ball.

“We had 12 turnovers in the first half and we had to make adjustments,” Smith said. And the Hounds did make adjustments; they had only two turnovers in the second half.

No other statistic was more of a game changer than bench points. The Mountaineers had 31 to Loyola’s 13. The Mountaineers were a deeper team than Loyola and while the Greyhounds got tired, Mount Saint Mary’s used their bench and pulled away with the game.

Smith said,“We just didn’t have it tonight. We made mistakes, I made mistakes, and it’s just something we gotta work on. We’ll get there, we just have to work.”

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