BALTIMORE – (Canisius) Loyola guard Justin Drummond came off the bench and scored a game-high 22 points and Erik Etherly added 18 points and nine rebounds as the host Greyhounds ended Canisius College’s three-game winning streak with a 72-57 victory in the Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon. The win improves Loyola to 13-12 overall and 9-6 in MAAC play, while he Golden Griffins slipped to 13-12 overall and 7-8 in league action.
For Canisius, senior forward Elton Frazier scored a team-high 20 points after he went 10-for-15 from the field to go with six rebounds. Sophomore Alshwan Hymes added 12 points and a season-high six rebounds, while senior Greg Logins chipped in eight points, an assist and a steal to the losing effort. Canisius shot 46.2 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from 3-point land, but turned the ball over 20 times and lost the rebounding battle by a 37-32 count.
The Griffs jumped out of the gate on fire, taking an early 15-3 lead, which the team pushed to 24-12 with 11:38 left before the halftime intermission. In that early scoring surge, Frazier had 12 of the team’s points, highlighted by a two-handed dunk off the baseline seven minutes into the contest. From there, Loyola pushed its way back into the game and took the lead for good with a 21-4 run over the last 11-plus minutes of the first stanza to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“We came out with great energy and we executed at both ends of the floor very well to start the game,” Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. “We simply looked tired as the game went on and Loyola seized the momentum and beat us up on the glass to score second-chance points. It was a frustrating day for us, but we’ll get back to work right away and prepare for the week ahead.”
In the second half, Loyola pushed its lead to a dozen at 46-34 with a 12-6 run in the first 3:48, capped by a 3-pointer from the wing by Drummond. The Greyhounds, which led by as many as 20 points in the second half, scored 49 points in the paint and ended the contest with 22 second-chance points, while turning Canisius’ 20 turnovers into 18 points on the scoreboard. Loyola shot 42.6 percent from the field and pulled down 20 offensive rebounds.
“It’s very difficult to win on the road in the MAAC and we felt we could have swept this weekend road trip,” Parrotta said. “We are not at all satisfied with this split, and we’ll study film and continue to get better through this four-game road stretch.”
The Griffs will return to action Wednesday, Feb. 16, when the team travels north to meet long-time rival Niagara in the Gallagher Center. The game will be televised live on Tim Warner SportsNet, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: The Griffs saw their four-game winning streak over Loyola come to an end with the loss… Canisius now leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 33-20 count… Frazier scored in double figures for the 17th time this season and for the 47th time in his career… Senior Julius Coles matched a season-high with five assists… Parrota became the sixth coach in school history to coach 150 career games on the Canisius bench.