Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com
BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland made its first six shots from the field – four of them 3-pointers – and the Greyhounds went on to a 91-62 non-conference victory over visiting Delaware State University on Tuesday night, giving first-year Head Coach Tavaras Hardy the first win of his career.
Chuck Champion led all players with 15 points, while James Fives had a season-high 14, and Andrew Kostecka contributed 13 as all but two of the 15 Greyhounds who saw game action scored points.
In the paint, KaVaughn Scott had nine points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots, and Brent Holcombe scored seven to go with three assists and a game-high nine rebounds.
The teams connected on a combined six 3-poitners in the game’s first two minutes, five seconds. Scott knocked down the first one of his career to put Loyola’s first points on the board, Fives hit one at 18:32, and then Champion converted a pair on back-to-back possessions. Loyola then got a pair of buckets in the paint, first by Scott, and then Kostecka in transition off an Isaiah Hart assist, forcing a Delaware State (0-3 overall) timeout at 16:43.
Loyola’s shooting cooled off for a stretch, and the Hornets took three one-point leads with under 10 minutes to go in the first half. Loyola’s lead was one, 27-26, after a Saleik Edwards jumper at 4:57, but the Greyhounds tallied the next eight points to go up 35-26 on a Jaylin Andrews free throw with 61 seconds left in the half.
The gap shrunk to five on an Edward three 4:34 into the second half – he scored a game-high 16 points – but the Greyhounds tallied five of the next six, and the lead was 46-36 on a Holcombe layup at 14:03.
“Pinky” Wiley made one of two at the free-throw line for Delaware State with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, bringing the margin to 10, but Loyola went on an 11-0 run, sparked by a Sam Norton three.
From that point untilt he final buzzer, the Greyhounds’ were ahead by 19 or more points.
Loyola finished with 21 assists and 11 turnovers, while it also had seven steals on the defensive end of the floor. Hart had eight points and four assists without a turnover. Luke Johnson and Jan Dornik each scored five points, and Brandon Bradsher scored the first three points of his collegiate career with an and-one off one of Ethan Norton’s two assists.
The Greyhounds now embark on a four-game road trip, starting with a Friday night matchup at Temple University. Loyola will play the Owls in a 7 o’clock contest in Philadelphia.