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Three’s and free throws lift Hounds to league win

By: Theresa R. Barnes

Eric Laster went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points in Loyola's win.

Eric Laster went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 17 points in Loyola’s win.

Loyola’s consistency in making their free throw shots and 3-pointers lead them to a 75-67 win over the American Eagles in their Patriot League opener. Eric Laster sat wide open and received a pass from Franz Rassman as he made his third 3-pointer of the game with less than a minute left on the clock. After which several free throws were made and helped the Greyhounds hold onto the victory.

“I thought we played well, I think our veteran guys, our seniors really stepped up,” Loyola head coach G.G. Smith said. “Tyler Hubbard, Eric Laster, Rassman; it made a big difference.”

Laster made all four of his three’s and was one of three Greyhounds to score in double-digits as he finished the game with 17 points. Tyler Hubbard scored 18 and Andre Walker followed with 11. Hubbard was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line, allowing the Greyhounds to stay ahead throughout nearly the entire game.

“We played two complete halves, we excited the scout. We followed directions and excited the play, that was the big key,” Walker said.

Loyola shot 87.1-percent from the free throw line made it in along and were incredibly successful from distance, making 61.3-percent of their 3-pointers. Jarred Jones and Rassman both scored nine points. Jones also grabbed nine rebounds and has two blocks.

“Everyone was locked in on the defensive end, the ball was moving, people was making shots. It was a great team effort today,” Hubbard said.

The Eagles attempted to catch up with Loyola later in the second half with a jumper by James Washington narrowing the score from an 11 point Loyola advantage to a five point difference, 56-51, but Laster hit another one of his 3-pointers, pushing their lead back to eight.

“American is a tough tough team, you have to really be focused, mentally tough, for like 40 minutes to play against them,” Smith said.

The Greyhounds shot 50-percent from the field and had a 30-20 advantage on the glass. Jesse Reed led American with 20 points while teammate Paris Maragkos scored 17. Late foul trouble for the Greyhounds helped American come back into the game late, but their own ability to succeed at the foul line was the difference.

It was only Loyola’s second win of the season but their victory over American made them 1-0 in conference play. They will play at Lafayette on Saturday.

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Theresa R. Barnes

Staff Writer
It seemed as if Theresa was meant to report the news ever since she could say a complete sentence. She has always been in the know of what is going on around her since she was just a young child. Many have titled her as nosey, for there was very little that she didn't search high and low to find out about. Although she would often find herself in trouble for being in others business, you could say that she knew that her tenacious effort would soon open a door to her passion for journalism. From elementary to high school, reporting the news in school and around her church became easy and eventually expected from others. Journalism has always been a passion, but she had never narrowed down what type of reporting she likes most. Upon her studying journalism at Morgan State University, she came across a Sports Reporting and Writing class with a professor who knew how to make sports come to life with words. Not knowing much about sports writing at the time, she was a bit hesitant to cover the MCEAA High School Basketball Championship but did anyway. After that class, she realized that sports journalism was best for her. The continuation of that beat blossomed into becoming a writer for So Much Sports. Theresa also writes her own daily blog, TheresaReneeGenesis.

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