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Hounds take off in 2nd half, top JHU in exhibition

By: Autumn Wilson

Andre Walker led Loyola with 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists.

Andre Walker led Loyola with 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists.

As Andre Walker scored 22 points and Jarred Jones finished with 10 in a 73-50 Loyola men’s basketball victory over the scrappy Division III Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in a Thursday night exhibition at Reitz Arena, things pretty much went according to plan.

But more than just seeing the team’s stars shine, Loyola got a 12 point boost from freshman Andrew Koestecka, who also had five steals, while juniors Chancellor Banard and Cam Gregory made their presence known on the boards with eight rebounds each.

The Blue Jays struggled against Loyola inside and committed four fouls in the first two minutes of the game while trying to play catch up defensively in the paint. It was a foul with 7:21 remaining that sent Kostecka to the line to complete an old-fashioned three-point play that helped the Greyhounds to a 13-point lead at 26-13.

Showing their resolve, though, the Blue Jays settled down. Led by Sam Gordon, who finished the game with 14 points, and Ryan Curran, who scored 13, Johns Hopkins went on a 13-point run to tie the game at 26-26. Blue Jays point guard Jesse Flannery did not score in the game but did his job of facilitating the team’s offense exceptionally well; keeping the ball moving as he sought out the open man. He was quick.

After having their 13-point lead evaporate, the Greyhounds continued to work the ball inside and a dunk by Barnard capped off a mini six-point run to create some distance again.

Loyola led 35-30 at the break and took off in the beginning of the second half with a 16-5 run to take a 51-35 lead on a layup by Jones, assisted by freshman Chuck Champion.

The Greyhounds never let the Blue Jays back in the game. A four-point play by James Fives as he nailed a 3-pointer, drew a foul and made the free throw put the Greyhounds ahead by 20 points with 3:18 remaining at 69-46.

Loyola shot 48.3-percent from the floor, making 29 of 60 shots. They finished the game with five 3-pointers as well. They also dominated the boards with a 41-28 rebounding advantage along with 15 steals and four blocks.

The Hounds will open their season on Friday, Nov. 11 at Duquesne at 7 pm. The Blue Jays open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Lynchburg.

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