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Hounds fall to BU in Patriot League quarters

Andre Walker’s 27 points led a great comeback attempt, but the Greyhounds couldn’t complete it as their season came to a close against Boston U in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament.

Loyola Athletic Communications Press Release

Andre Walker scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, leading a Loyola University Maryland comeback from a 16-point deficit, but Boston University held on late for a 64-60 victory Wednesday night in the Patriot League Championships Quarterfinals at Case Gymnasium.

The Terriers (18-15 overall) took 16-point leads on two occasions in the second half, the second coming with 16:18 left on a Will Goff 3-pointer. Walker and Andrew Kostecka hit threes on consecutive possessions, and Cam Gregory caught a Matt Staubi bounce pass in the paint for an emphatic dunk, and Loyola was within eight, 41-33, with 14:38 on the clock.

Boston University, however, scored the next six points and was back up by 14 on a Kyle Foreman layup at 13:41. Kostecka hit a pull-up jumper and Walker buried another three at 12:50, and the Terriers’ advantage was down to nine.

After Max Mahoney made two Boston University free throws at 12:15, the margin was 49-38, but Kostecka knocked down another three, and Walker converted two foul shots at 10:52, bringing the Greyhounds within two possessions, 49-43.

The margin stayed in the six to 10 points range for the next few minutes, but a three by Walker, one of his four in the game and three in the second half, and two free throws by Jones brought it to five at 5:52.

From that point, Loyola got within four points on four occasions, the last coming when Cam Gregory had two offensive rebounds and scored after the last with 1:46 remaining to make the score 60-56.

Loyola forced a 3-point miss by the Terriers, and Chuck Champion came down with the rebound for the Greyhounds. Andre Walker immediate took the ball to the basket and was fouled. He made both free throws, and it was a two-point game, 60-58, with 85 seconds left in regulation.

Boston University threw the ball into Justin Alston on the left block, and he turned for a hook that found net, and the Terriers had a two-point lead at 1:05.

The ball was again in Walker’s hands for the Greyhounds, and he made a right-handed layup off a drive with 51.1 seconds left on the clock, and Loyola called a timeout down 62-60.

Boston University used most of the shot clock, but a 3-pointer rimmed out, and Gregory pulled down the rebound. Walker drove on the baseline from the left side, but his layup was off the mark. Jones got the offensive board and had a chance for a tip-in, but it too missed.

Kyle Foreman grabbed the loose ball for the Terriers, was fouled and hit two game-sealing free throws.

Walker’s 27 led all players while Gregory and Kostecka each scored 11 for the Greyhounds. Gregory logged his third-straight double-double and sixth since the start of 2017 with a game-best 12 rebounds. The Greyhounds had a 34-28 advantage on the glass.

Foreman paced Boston University with 12 points, and Alston had 11.

With the win, Boston University moves on to the Patriot League Semifinals on Sunday where it will host Lehigh University.

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