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Fans Pack the RAC, But Men's Basketball Falls to Loyola, 69-56
The crowd of 3,052 was seventh-largest in school history.
Sparked by a pair of three-point goals by sophomore guard Jay Greene, UMBC surged to a 10-4 lead, but the Greyhounds went on a 16-0 run to lead 20-10 midway through the half. Loyola sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan had 10 points, including a pair of three-point goals in that run.
But UMBC battled back to whittle the deficit to 28-25 at intermission on a tough inside bank shot by senior forward Mike Housman.
The Retrievers were still within three points at 45-42 on a Housman layup with 10:33 to play. But Greene picked up his third and fourth fouls in a 19-second span and Loyola went on an 8-1 run to lead 53-43 with 5:54 to play. UMBC could only get as close as six points and the Greyhounds hit 13 straight free throws in the final 3:27 to seal the win.
Housman led UMBC with 16 points and eight rebounds, hitting seven of 11 shots from the floor. Sophomore guard Tom Young gave UMBC a spark, tying a career-high with 11 points, but the trio of Greene, Chris Pugh and Brian Hodges hit just five of 27 shots from the field.
Junior guard Gerald Brown hit 14 of 19 free throws and led all scorers with 23 points, while Sullivan scored a career-best 21 points.
It was Loyola’s first win at UMBC since the 1996-97 season after three straight setbacks. UMBC travels to