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Hubbard’s three’s power Loyola past Lafayette

Tyler Hubbard made five three's as he lead Loyola with 17 points against Lafayette.

Tyler Hubbard made five three’s as he lead Loyola with 17 points against Lafayette.

When Bryce Scott broke off and scored a fast-break layup with 9:06 remaining in the first half it looked as if it just simply wasn’t going to be Loyola’s night. They trailed Lafayette by six points, had already turned the ball over three times and had not made a field goal in seven minutes.

But Jared Jones battled his way inside after Scott’s layup, got a field goal and then Franz Rassman stole the ball from the Leopards on their next possession. He got the ball to Tyler Hubbard and the sharp-shooter pulled up outside the arc on the fastbreak and nailed his 3-point attempt. And then hit another and then hit another. Hubbard his three-straight three’s as Loyola was in the middle of a 16-0 run that put them ahead by 10 points with 5:54 remaining. That early run powered the Greyhounds through the game as they earned a conference victory over Lafayette, 84-77.

After starting the game shooting just 4-for-16, Loyola finished the first half making 45.5-percent of their shots and nailed six 3-pointers to take a 46-30 lead into the break. Hubbard finished the game with a team-high 17 points off 5-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc and a pair of made free throws. He was one of four Greyhounds to reach double-digits. Jones continued to force his way inside and aided by eight free throws, he finished with 16 points. Andre Walker and Rassman scored 14 and 13, respectively.

Loyola started the second half on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 21 points. Paulius Zalys drew a foul on the Leopard’s next possession and Lafayette scored nine-straight points to cut their deficit down to 12 with 14:11 remaining.

With the starting backcourt of Walker and Laster both on the bench Loyola’s offense went through a lull after Jones’ free throws. Rassman was the only Greyhound to score over a seven minute period but with the Greyhounds big lead and the senior’s two scores, Loyola was able to withstand the 16-4 run that cut their lead down from 21 to eight points with 10:56 remaining.

Walker and Laster made their way back onto the court following their rest, head coach G.G. Smith called a timeout and things quickly picked back up for Loyola. The play their drew up next got the ball inside to Chancellor Barnard and he not only hit the layup but drew the foul and made the ensuing free throw to put Loyola back up by double-digits.

Barnard then followed Matt Klinewski’s layup with one of his own. Loyola kept responding to all of Lafayette’s scores, but the Leopards were starting to heat up and out-paced the Greyhounds.

With 2:19 remaining, Loyola saw their 21 point lead cut down to just one point, but Jones came through for the Greyhoudns. After Klinewski hit a pair of free throws, Jones draw a foul and hit two of his own. Tight defense on the perimeter then caused back-to-back missed 3-pointers for the Leopards. Lafayette could not get out ahead and the greyhounds made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to close out the game with the victory.

Loyola improved to 5-4 in Patriot League play, putting them in fourth place with a month left to play. The Greyhounds till stay at home on Monday when they will host Colgate in a game that had to be rescheduled from the 24th because of weather.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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