Loyola (MD) comes from 13 down to beat BU in overtime

Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com

BALTIMORE – Isaiah Hart hit a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter with less than 50 seconds to play in overtime, and he then knocked down a pair of free throws with 29 ticks on the clock to help seal Loyola University Maryland’s 81-73 Patriot League victory over visiting Boston University on Wednesday night.

The Greyhounds (6-12 overall, 2-3 Patriot League) trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and were down 55-43 with 12:02 left in regulation before pulling out their second-straight victory.


A layup and free throw by the Terriers’ Max Mahoney with 12:02 on the clock gave Boston University a 12-point lead, but the Greyhounds used a 17-4 run to go up a point on two Andrew Kostecka free throws for their first lead of the night.


The Terriers quickly scored the next five points with Alex Vilarino’s traditional 3-point play making it a 64-60 Boston University lead, but Chuck Champion would get Loyola within a point, 67-66, scoring off an offensive rebound with just over two minutes left.


Less than 10 seconds later, Kostecka had a steal and went the distance for a two-handed dunk which put the Greyhounds up 68-67 at 1:49.


Mahoney drew a foul in the post for Boston University, and he hit two free throws at 1:28 to swing the lead back to the Terriers’ side, but KaVaughn Scott was fouled and made the second of two at the line with 41 ticks left to tie the game.


Loyola forced a Mahoney turnover on Boston University’s next possession, but a Kostecka jumper just before the second half’s final buzzer went offline, and the teams headed to overtime tied at 69-69.


Mahoney and Kostecka traded layups for the team, but Kostecka’s came while being fouled, and his free throw gave Loyola a 72-71 lead 1:17 into the extra period.


Mahoney connected again in the paint at 3:26, but that would be Boston University’s final points of the game as Loyola ended on a 9-0 run.


James Fives grabbed an offensive board off a missed Loyola free throw, and he was fouled going up for a putback. Fives knocked down both free throws to give Loyola a lead it would not relinquish.


Hart then stuck a three from the top of the perimeter with the shot clock winding down; Hart and Fives each made two free throws for Loyola with less than 30 seconds left to ice the game.


Kostecka led five Loyola scorers in double-figures with 29 points. Hart and Champion each scored 11, while Scott and Fives tallied 10 apiece. Loyola had a 38-29 advantage on the boards with Soctt and Fives each grabbing six.


Mahoney led all players with 31 points and seven rebounds, but only two other players – Javante McCoy (13) and Jonas Harper (12) – scored more than seven for the Terriers.


Boston University was hampered by turnovers in the game, committing 23 with 14 coming in the second half and overtime. Loyola, meanwhile, had a season-high 14 steals. Hart, Kosteceka and Champion each tallied three.


Mahoney and McCoy combined to score the game’s first 10 points for the Terriers, and Tyler Scanlon’s three at 15:43 made it a 13-2 Boston University lead before the first media timeout.


Later in the half, Jordan Guest scored in the paint to put the Terriers in front 28-15, their largest advantage of the game. The Greyhounds brought their deficit back to eight, 36-28, at halftime, and they cut it to two on a Jaylin Andrews free throw less than three minutes into the second half.


Loyola hits the road for its next two Patriot League games, first playing at College of the Holy Cross on Saturday, January 19, in a 12 noon tip-off.

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