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Wild finish helps lead Loyola to win over BU

Frans Rassman hit two huge free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game but he had incredible stretches during the game that kept Loyola alive.

Frans Rassman hit two huge free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game but he had incredible stretches during the game that kept Loyola alive.

With less than six seconds remaining in regulation the Greyhounds appeared to be headed to their 11th loss of the season as they trailed 74-69, but a desperation three by Denzel Britto and two made free throws by Franz Rassman tied the game up and Loyola took their momentum into overtime and pulled away for the 91-86 victory over Boston U.

With 5.8 remaining in regulation Boston’s John Papale missed his second free throw attempt and Brito made his way up the court, heaved the ball up and swished the shot with just one second left. During the deadball situation the referees went to the courtside monitor to check to see if their was a flagrant foul away from the ball before Brito’s three went in and eventually, they called one on a Terrier player for striking Rassman in the back of the head.

He wasn’t woozy, though, and sunk both his shots to tie the game. Boston did have an opportunity to win the game. After Brito’s three, Boston’s Eric Fanning was fouled but with nobody anywhere around him in the foul area the sophomore was all by alone with the game on the line and missed both of his attempts, forcing overtime.

“It was a wild, wild finish there at the end,” Loyola head coach G.G. Smith said. “We were fortunate that they missed two free throws and we made ours but in that situation guys have to stay in control and not panic. I told them ‘it’s not over until it’s over.'”

In overtime, the Terriers were able to pull ahead thanks to seven free throws, including six-straight from Cedric Hankerson, who only went 1-for-8 from the charity stripe in regulation. Loyola had an answer for all the free throws but when Brito hit another three with 57 seconds remaining to give the Greyhounds a 85-83 lead, the Terriers shut down. Loyola scored the final nine points of the game, including a last second dunk by Chancellor Barnard to put the exclamation point on the victory.

“In overtime we kept competing,” Smith said. “We got stagnant at the start but guys started attacking…and from there we didn’t look back and I was proud of the way we finished the game.”

While Boston U took advantage of 12 three-pointers, the Greyhounds outscored the Terriers 44-26 in the paint. Six different Loyola players reached double digits in the game. Freshmen Cam Gregory and Andre Walker both showed Boston they are going to have a lot to deal with the next few years as they led Loyola with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Gregory also led Loyola with nine rebounds. Eric Laster, Tyler Hubbard and Brito all had success from 3-point range and scored 15, 11 and 10, respectively while Rassman went a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line in his 14-point effort.

“We got to be a total team. We don’t have that alpha dog, those guys that can go out their and get 30 points a game,” Smith said. “We need a little bit from everybody. We played a lot of guys, our freshman stepped up, it’s got to be a total team effort from here on out.”

The Terriers took as much as a seven-point lead in just the first three and a half minutes of the game after a 3-pointer by Cheddi Mosely, who led all scorers with 23 points in the game. Loyola slowly chipped back into the game but another three, this one by Hankerson, who scored 18 points for the Terrier, with eight minutes off the clock kept the distance.

Then, Rassman heated up. After a pair of free throws by Gregory and another free throw by Hankerson to make it a 14-8 game, Rassman got inside for two shots. After a missed three by Hankerson, Rassman came up with the rebound, got the ball up the court to Brito and he got in for the jumper. On the next Terrier possession, Rassman came up big again on defense with a block of Fanning’s layup and finished the Greyhound possession with a go-ahead layup to make it 16-14.

Neither team really could get on a run and instead just traded shots over the last nine and a half minutes and fittingly, the two teams went into the break tied at 30.

In the second half it was more exchanging of shots. The largest lead was a seven point advantage by Boston after back-to-back free throws by Fanning with 4:44 remaining in regulation and again following a layup by Justin Austin with 2:36 remaining. Laster prevented the Terriers from really pulling away with a three about 30 seconds later and Walker got in the paint for a layup with 1:02 before the final minute of excitement occurred.

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