BALTIMORE (AP) - Loyola took over first place in the Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference, beating Canisius, 88-77, Thursday
night behind a 28-point performance by Marquis Sullivan.
Gerald Brown scored 27 for the Greyhounds (18-12, 12-5), who
moved a half-game ahead of idle Niagara, Siena and Rider. The
Golden Griffins (5-23, 2-15) have lost six straight conference
games and all 15 of their road games this season.
Michael Tuck scored 16, and Brian Rudolph had 13 for the
Greyhounds. Greg Logins and Frank Turner each scored 17, and Bob
Bevilacqua added 16 for Canisius.
The Greyhounds, who have won 11 of their past 13 games, shot
27-of-55 from the floor and 9-of-18 from 3-point range.
Loyola never trailed and Sullivan's third 3-pointer of the game
gave the Greyhounds a 21-6 lead with 9:34 left in the first half.
The Greyhounds scored 14 points off 10 Canisius turnovers and led
40-25 at the half.
A 3-pointer by Willie Hassell capped a 13-3 run by the Golden
Griffins and cut the lead to 57-43 with 13:38 remaining. Canisius
played even with Loyola throughout the second half, and a 3-pointer
by Bevilacqua with 1:31 remaining cut the deficit to 11, but the
Golden Griffins did not have enough time to make another run.
Canisius shot 18-for-35 (51.4 percent) from the floor in the
second half after going 10-for-29 before halftime.
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