Buzzer Beater in OT Lifts Loyola Past Men's Basketball, 67-66
Feb. 16, 2011
CHICAGO - Loyola junior guard Courtney Stanley hit a deep three as time expired in overtime, leading the Ramblers to a 67-66 win over the UIC men's basketball team in a Horizon League game at the UIC Pavilion Wednesday night.
After UIC's Dipanjot Singh hit a shot from the corner to give the Flames a 66-64 lead with just 5.4 seconds remaining, Loyola head coach Jim Whitesell called a timeout - the Ramblers in-bounded the ball from underneath the basket, and Terrance Hill found Stanley streaking along the right side. He pulled up from well outside the three-point line, drilling the shot to give the Ramblers the season sweep over the Flames.
Junior forward Paris Carter recorded his first-career double-double with a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds - he was joined in double figures by senior forward Paul Carter, who added 19 points and eight rebounds. Loyola's Geoff McCammon scored a game-high 23 points to lead Loyola, while Hill scored 16 points, and Stanley had 13.
The Flames (7-21, 2-14 Horizon) recorded a commanding 42-30 advantage on the boards, and overcame an 11-point second half deficit. Loyola scored 24 points off UIC's 15 turnovers, and had 13 fast break points.
"It was a gutsy effort by both teams," said head coach Howard Moore. "I'm disappointed by the loss, but more disappointed in our performance in the first half. We had a lack of concentration - there was a flurry of turnovers on our behalf, and a lack of focus and concentration on the things that allowed us to build a 10-point lead early on. We went into halftime with a two-point deficit, and they (Loyola) had momentum going into the second half.
"They played tremendously offensively early in the second half, and then we turned the tide and got ourselves together. We got the lead back, and heading into overtime, our guys did a great job of battling and playing hard. We ended up coming short."
UIC led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Loyola erased the deficit, and took a 27-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. After falling behind 15-5, the Ramblers went on a 16-4 run, and took a 21-19 lead with 5:56 remaining, and finished the half on a 6-2 run.
Loyola opened the second half on a 15-5 run, and took a 42-32 lead with 14:43 remaining - that lead was stretched to a game-high 49-38 margin with 9:19 left. UIC out-scored the Ramblers 10-2 over the ensuing 4:23, pulling within 51-49 with just less than five minutes (4:56) remaining.
Birton hit back-to-back free throws with 2:58 left, giving UIC its first lead (54-53) of the second half. Singh hit a three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining to push the Flames' lead to two points, 59-57. Stanley and Kreps both turned the ball over on the ensuing two possessions, as Loyola took over possession with 12 seconds left in regulation. Kreps was whistled for a personal foul on a driving Hill, and he followed by hitting both free throws to tie the game at 59-59. Kreps' potential game-winning shot was defended well, as his 25-foot shot fell short, leading to the extra session.
UIC began the overtime period by forcing a defensive stop, followed by a jumper by Paul Carter that gave UIC a 61-59 lead. McCammon added a three on the other end, giving the lead back to Loyola, 62-61. Paris Carter followed Kreps' ensuing missed jumper with a thundering dunk, as UIC re-claimed the lead, 63-62.
Hill was fouled again by Kreps on the other end, and hit both free throws, as the see-saw affair continued, and the Ramblers went back ahead 64-63. Birton drove the lane on the next possession, and was fouled by Ben Averkamp - he split two free throws, tying the game at 64-64. Hill then missed a layup on the ensuing possession, giving the ball back to UIC.
Singh's go-ahead field goal was reviewed by the officiating crew. The shot was called a two-point shot, and was confirmed after looking at the TV monitor. Stanley's game-winner was also reviewed, as the officials confirmed that he released the shot before time expired.
UIC will wrap up the home portion of its regular season schedule on Saturday (Feb. 19), when the Flames host Butler at the UIC Pavilion beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.