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Ouch! Saints get thumped by threes

Ouch! Saints get thumped by threes

Loyola knocks off first-place Siena by nailing 18 three-point shots

Loyola didn’t make all of its three-point shots, it just seemed that way.

The Greyhounds hit 15 of their first 25 attempts and finished with a single-game school-record 18 to blow away Siena, 85-56, at the Reitz Center on Thursday night.

The Saints (12-7 overall) fell to 7-2 and into a tie for first place with Rider and Marist, which both won Thursday, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Loyola, which has won four of its last five games, is in second at 6-3.

Six players made at least one three-pointer for Loyola, but 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward Michael Tuck was particularly troublesome for the Saints, making four of six to score 23 points, the second time in a row that the senior from Toronto has hit a career high for points in a game.

In Loyola’s first 19 games, Tuck was

12-for-48 (25 percent) on threes.

“Tuck is a really good shooter,” Siena coach Fran McCaffery said. “He hasn’t shot a lot from three-point range, but from 17, 18 feet, he’s automatic. Today, he extended that out a little bit.”

The Saints had been playing better defense lately, but allowed the Greyhounds to make 30 of 55 from the field (54.5 percent), including 18 of 32 threes (56.3 percent).

Somehow, Siena stayed in the game in the first half, despite missing 19 of their first 21 shots.

The Saints trailed at halftime, 36-23, but Loyola put the game away by making six three-pointers, including three by Tuck, in the first 5:25 of the second half for a

56-28 lead.

“Our transition defense wasn’t good, and our rotation [to the shooters] wasn’t good,” McCaffery said. “We were getting great looks at the basket, but not making them, then they were scoring. It’s one thing if you miss and you’re making stops, but they were scoring, and we got behind big.”

Kenny Hasbrouck (19 points) started slowly, but singlehandedly kept the Saints in the game in the first half, with 13 points.

He scored nine straight late in the half, but Loyola had an answer each time.

Hasbrouck’s three-pointer cut it to 27-18, then Tuck came right back with an easy layup in transition, and completed a three-point play to give the Greyhounds a 32-18 lead.

“Kenny always plays well on the road, and really fought in the first half when it could’ve gotten out of hand,” McCaffery said. “It was all him, really.”

In the closing minutes, Loyola’s Brian Rudolph beat fellow freshman point guard Chris De La Rosa for a layup, but De La Rosa came right back with a layup and drew a foul.

After he missed the free throw, Hasbrouck picked off a pass and took it in for an easy dunk, but Gerald Brown made an improbable play at the buzzer to give the Greyhounds a 36-23 halftime lead.

Loyola missed a three-point shot, Brown grabbed the long rebound left of the free throw line, spun to his right off-balance and hoisted a fadeaway that bounced on the rim four times before falling through.

Siena finished the half 8-for-31 (25.8 percent).

Loyola used a 14-0 run to go ahead, 56-28, in the opening minutes of the second half.

The lead got as big as 32 points, 70-38, then the Saints’ leading scorer, Edwin Ubiles, who was 0-for-6 in the first half, scored 10 points in a 13-0 run that pulled Siena within 70-51 with seven minutes left.

That was the only glimmer of a comeback, as the Greyhounds’ Brett Harvey (16 points) made his fifth three-pointer and Loyola quickly got the lead back over 20 points.

“I thought Edwin had good looks and drove the ball,” McCaffery said.

Ubiles finished with 11 points.

Gerald Brown scored 20 points for Loyola, and Omari Isreal had 14 rebounds before fouling out.

SIENA (56)

Rossiter 0-2 0-0 0, Franklin 0-2 1-2 1, Ubiles 4-13 3-4 11, Moore 2-6 0-0 6, Hasbrouck 8-17 2-3 19, De La Rosa 2-6 2-5 7, Fisher 2-7 1-1 7, Duell 1-3 0-0 2, Jackson 0-8 3-4 3, Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Magee 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Priestley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-65 12-19 56.

LOYOLA (85)

Isreal 0-1 0-0 0, Tuck 9-13 1-2 23, Brown 7-14 3-3 20, Harvey 5-9 1-2 16, Rudolph 4-8 0-0 10, Reid 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 4-8 2-2 13, Manning 1-1 0-0 3, Ficke 0-0 0-0 0, Fofana 0-0 0-0 0, Kelly 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 30-55 7-9 85.

Halftime: Loyola 36, Siena 23. Three-point goals: Siena 6-27 (Ubiles 0-4, Moore 2-3, Hasbrouck 1-4, De La Rosa 1-3, Fisher 2-6, Duell 0-1, Jackson 0-6); Loyola 18-32 (Tuck 4-6, Brown 3-8, Harvey 5-7, Rudolph 2-4, Sullivan 3-6, Manning 1-1). Rebounds: Siena 32 (Franklin 5); Loyola 46 (Isreal 14). Assists: Siena 7 (De La Rosa 4); Loyola 20 (Harvey 6). Total fouls: Siena 13; Loyola 20. Fouled out: Isreal. Technical foul: Siena coach McCaffery. Attendance: 1,943.

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