Feb. 10, 2005
Sean Corrigan bettered his career-high by 11 points, scoring 27 as Loyola sprinted to a 13-point halftime lead and held off hard-charging Siena for a 68-65 win in Albany's Pepsi Arena Thursday night. Tay Fisher's desperation three-pointer went in just after the buzzer, and after a suspenseful review of the monitor the officials confirmed their initial decision--no good.
Poor shooting again proved to be the Saints Achilles' Heal. Siena (4-20/2-11) took 73 shots and made just 19 (26%). Loyola made 20 of their 43 attempts (47%).
The Greyhounds closed the first half on a 13-4 run to take a 38-25 lead to the locker room. Corrigan had 14 points in the initial stanza.
After falling behind 43-27 shortly after the second half started, Siena used a spirited rally to come all the way back and tie the game at 50-50 on an Al Fisher free throw. The Saints took the lead on Fisher's second conversion and built their first of three four point leads on Antoine Jordan's three-pointer moments later.
The Saints led 59-55 with 7:58 left and did not score again until just 2:11 remained in the game. Loyola (5-17/4-9) used an 8-0 run over that span to grab back the lead back, 64-60. Al Fisher's driving layup cut the advantage to 64-63 with 1:51 left. Al Fisher finished with a career-high 12 points to go along with six rebounds five assists and four steals.
Siena got a key defensive stop as Freddie Stanback's jumper rattled out. The Saints took a timeout and Jack McClinton worked the game clock down to 18 seconds before attempting an uncontested 3-pointer that went in and out. Shane James was fouled on the battle for the rebounds and converted both free throws on the other end.
Down three, McClinton was forced into a hurried three, but Gary Holle
got the rebound and passed the ball alertly to Tay Fisher
at the top of the key. Fisher fired the shot just as the buzzer sounded, hitting nothing but net. The officials took just over one minute to verify that the shot was indeed attempted after time expired.
Tommy Mitchell led the Saints with 16 points in one of his top efforts of the season. Jordan had 12.
Charlie Bell and James joined Corrigan in double figures with 12 points a piece.
Siena continues its season-long four-game homestand Tuesday against Saint Peter's.