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Three’s don’t fall as Loyola loses to Bucknell

By: Theresa R. Barnes

Cam Gregory posted a double-double against Bucknell but Loyola's inability to made shots from outside led to a loss to Bucknell.

Cam Gregory posted a double-double against Bucknell but Loyola’s inability to made shots from outside led to a loss to Bucknell.

Bucknell’s strategy of forcing Loyola to play outside the box did not results in Loyola’s outside the box talent showcasing themselves to earn a win. Instead the Greyhounds made only one three in the game and it resulted in a 67-58 defeat.

“When teams play match up zone like that, you got to be able to make outside shots,” Loyola head coach G.G. Smith said. “We just couldn’t make any threes and outside shots at all.”

With the outside shots not falling Franz Rassman, Cam Gregory and Jared Jones had to force their way inside against the tighter interior defense. They combined to score 40 of Loyola’s 58 points. Gregory posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jones and Rassman each scored 14 points.

“I had a good double-double, but it doesn’t mean anything because we lost,” Gregory said. “I much rather not play and win than play and loose.”

The two teams were neck-and-neck heading into halftime. Loyola actually had a 28-27 lead and they extended it to a seven-point advantage after Laster opened the second half with a jumper and Rassman scored four-straight points all within the first 66 seconds.

But having to battle their way inside against a physical Bison defense eventually wore on the Greyhounds. Bucknell then went on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 36-34 lead. Bucknell was then in control of the game as Loyola was forced to play catch up with their shots pretty much the entire remainder of the game.

“At the start of the second half, I thought we were in good shape, but we gave away a 9-0 run to Bucknell. That’s when things kind of changed a little bit,” Smith said.

Bucknell responded to every Loyola shot to re-take the lead the rest of the way. Loyola’s inability to get that extra point off a shot from beyond the arc was sorely missed. After Jones got a jumper in the paint with 8:29 remaining to cut Bucknell’s lead to just one points, the Bison created a bit of a cushion with an 8-0 run.

Bucknell led by nine points with 5:26 remaining and continued to respond to everything Loyola was hitting. And Loyola was still holding onto hope that they would start nailing three’s. They went 0-for-7 in the second half and shot just 35.7-percent from the floor.

“Andre hit a three early in the game, but he really didn’t get many open looks in the second half,” Smith said. “We really struggled to shoot the ball. We can’t go 1-for-15 and expect to win the game.”

And they could not make up for the lack of free throw shooting by getting to the foul line either. Loyola was 13-for-22 from the charity stripe in the game but Bucknell made 23 free throws

“We usually try to make more free throws than the opponent attempts, but tonight they did that to us,” Rassman said.

Bucknell center Nana Foulland scored 15 points while Stephen Brown, Ryan Frazier and Zach Thomas each scored 11 in the game.

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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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