Kostecka scores career-high 37 in Loyola (MD) Patriot League-opening win over Holy Cross

Courtesy of LoyolaGreyhounds.com

BALTIMORE – Andrew Kostecka scored a career-high 37 points and became the 10th player in Loyola University Maryland history to record 1,500 or more points in a career on Thursday night as the Greyhounds opened their Patriot League schedule with an 80-70 victory over visiting College of the Holy Cross in Reitz Arena.

Kostecka made a career-high 15 shots from the field, going 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc to tie for the 13th-best single-game scoring performance in school history.

His 37 points mark the second-straight game the senior guard has posted 30 or more after he had an even 30 against Virginia Commonwealth University on Sunday evening. It was his seventh-career 30-plus point performance and third this season. His previous career-best of 32 came late last season at the U.S. Military Academy.

Isaiah Hart added 15 points and had a game-high five assists without a turnover, while Cam Spencer added 11 points and Brent Holcombe led all players with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Kostecka scored 20 in the first half Thursday night, but it was not enough to give the Greyhounds (9-5 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) the lead at the break. Holy Cross (1-13, 0-1) went up by as many as 11 in the game’s first eight minutes and held a 39-38 lead at the break after Hart knocked down a pull-up from the left side of the paint before the buzzer.

Spencer made a three from the left side less than three minutes into the second half to put Loyola in front for the first time since the game’s first five minutes, but Holy Cross would retake the lead shortly thereafter.

The advantage changed hands seven times before Kostecka converted in the paint with 12:10 to go, enabling the Greyhounds to lead 55-54. Loyola could not extend its lead past four, however, for the next four minutes, and once it did, it only stretched the advantage to seven over the next several minutes.

Hart drained a three from the top of the perimeter with 3:56 on the clock, and his layup following a Kostecka steal with 1:55 put Loyola up by double-digits for the first time in the game.

Kostecka’s 15 field goals made are tied for fourth-most in school history, and his 21 attempts tied a career-high from last year’s overtime win against the Crusaders.

The Greyhounds return to the court on Sunday afternoon when they head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a 2 o’clock game at Lehigh University.

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