Men's Basketball Drops Patriot League Opener to Loyola, 75-67

Men's Basketball Drops Patriot League Opener to Loyola, 75-67

BALTIMORE — Loyola's Eric Laster hit all four of his shots from the outside and the Greyhounds made 21-of-25 from the line to pick up their first Patriot League win of the season over American, 75-67, on Wednesday evening in the conference opener at Reitz Arena.

Senior Jesse Reed led all scorers with 20 points, including 16 in the second half and 10 in the final 1:04. The Eagles shot 47 percent from the field and added 17 points from the line and 38 points in the paint.

Junior Paris Maragkos had 17 points and freshman Delante Jones had 11 points for the Eagles. 
Tyler Hubbard led Loyola with 18 points and hit all 10 attempted free throws. Eric Laster had 17 off the bench and made four three-pointers. Andre Walker added 11 for the Greyhounds.

Loyola shot 50 percent from the field and converted on 27-of-31 from the line.

American went into the locker room trailing by five, 33-28 after a see-saw battle kept the score within two possessions. Delante Jones led the Eagles with nine points on 4-of-6 from the field. Tyler Hubbard had 10 for the Greyhounds, who shot 52.6 percent in the half.  The Eagles shot 48 percent.

Loyola took a 10-point lead on a triple by Laster with 8:41 left and took its largest lead of the contest, 55-44, a minute later on a pair of free throws by Jarred Jones.

The Eagles return to Bender Arena this Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. to host Colgate in their Patriot League home opener. Family ticket packages start at just $7.50 per seat.