Grey­hounds look flat in rout, worst loss at home since 2004

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Ed­ward Lee

Even the re­turn of An­drew Kostecka could not help the Loy­ola Mary­land men’s bas­ket­ball team.

Kostecka, the shoot­ing guard who leads the Grey­hounds in scor­ing, ended a onegame ab­sence, but Loy­ola looked list­less and played poorly in a 85-53 de­mo­li­tion by vis­it­ing Bos­ton Univer­sity be­fore an an­nounced 1,109 at Reitz Arena on Mon­day night.

The Grey­hounds absorbed their worst loss at home since Feb. 4, 2004, when Man­hat­tan pum­meled that squad, 91-54. It also marked the pro­gram’s worst home set­back to a Pa­triot League op­po­nent.

Kostecka, who had scored 21.4 points per

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Video: game, sat out Satur­day’s 65-62 loss to Lafayette af­ter suf­fer­ing a mi­nor sprained an­kle in the first half of a 92-70 set­back at Col­gate on Wed­nes­day. The 6-foot-3, 189pound se­nior paced Loy­ola (9-9, 1-4 Pa­triot League) once again with 13 points and chipped in five re­bounds and three as­sists, but even he could not halt the on­slaught by the Ter­ri­ers (10-8, 4-1).

“I just felt like in the be­gin­ning when things didn’t go our way, we sep­a­rated rather than come to­gether,” coach Tavaras

Hardy said. “We needed some­one to say, ‘OK, we missed a cou­ple of gimmes. So let’s get a stop and get some more op­por­tu­ni­ties.’ But I felt like every­body wanted to put it on their shoul­ders and try to get us back in the game, and that just be­came a spi­ral-down ef­fect.”

The Grey­hounds could take some so­lace in know­ing that it was short­handed once again. Fresh­man shoot­ing guard Cam Spencer, a David­sonville res­i­dent and Boys’ Latin grad­u­ate, missed his fourth con­sec­u­tive start be­cause of a hip in­jury, while se­nior guard Chuck Cham­pion is out for the re­main­der of the sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery to re­pair a bro­ken right foot suf­fered in a 78-71 loss at Le­high on Jan. 5.

And fresh­man for­ward Santi Al­dama con­tin­ues to re­hab his way back to the team af­ter a knee op­er­a­tion in Novem­ber.

The Ter­ri­ers, who picked up their third straight vic­tory, demon­strated why they are one of the top con­tenders for the Pa­triot League cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter Loy­ola fresh­man cen­ter Golden Dike con­verted a layup with 15:43 left in the first half, Bos­ton Univer­sity erupted for 13 con­sec­u­tive points and a 17-2 ad­van­tage with 12:04 re­main­ing.

A layup by Kostecka at the 11:57 mark ended a 3:46 scor­ing drought, and sopho­more guard Jaylin An­drews (Boys’ Latin) added a layup 56 sec­onds later. But the Ter­ri­ers scored 16 of the next 18 points.

At the break, Loy­ola had more turnovers (eight) than field goals made (seven).

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