No. 24 William Carey falls short to No. 17 Loyola, 69-63

By ANDREW ABADIE,

With five minutes left in the game, No. 24 William Carey looked to pull away from No. 17 after having trailed by six points at halftime.

 

Instead of pulling away, the Crusaders were plagued with a string of turnovers and solid defensive play by the Wolfpack which an 11-0 run. The run helped Loyola come away with a 69-63 win over William Carey on Saturday. 

 

“We got beat off the dribble too many times,” William Carey head coach Steve Knight said. “They have got some good one-on-one players but I do feel like there were times our rotation wasn’t good and we talked about it at halftime. We stepped up and took some charges in the second half. They are a good team It was a game where we probably should have won it if we handled it right. 

 

“We finally made some shots and got the ball moving better against their zone. Their length versus our quickness and small guards that was the story of the game. They kept us at bay pretty much the entire first half. Toward the end, we started to get a little rhythm and then in the second half we really did a pretty good job against them.” 

 

In the first half as well as the entire game, the Crusaders struggled to find an offensive rhythm against Loyola’s size and defensive play. At the same, time William Carey kept the Wolfpack’s high scoring offense at bay. Despite Loyola leading 33-26 at halftime, both teams’ offenses struggled in the first half which Knight credited to each team’s defenses. 

 

“They are like No. 2 in the country in steals, No. 1 in the county in offensive rebounds, No. 4 in scoring and average 95 points per game,” Knight said. “We have got a 69-63 game. They are averaging 16 offensive rebounds a game and they got nine. 

 

“Pretty much we were concentrating on their ability to drive the ball to the basket. We did a pretty good job and made them take some tough shots. We shot only 21 percent or so in the first half and we are down only a little bit you would think you are down 20 shooting like that. They took us out of our rhythm offensively. We didn’t get the ball moving the way we needed to do until probably the last five minutes of the first half. We finally started driving and kicking it and making extra passes and started getting into a rhythm. A lot of the missed shots were the fact that they didn’t let us get into an offensive rhythm”. 

 

In the second half, both teams found offensive sparks. Although both teams had success with perimeter shooting as each team made 10 3-pointers both teams found success through their distinctive playing style. The Wolfpack found success inside the paint scoring 28 points. William Carey scored most of its key points from turnovers totaling 20 points from turnovers and 27 points from the bench. 

 

The Crusader defense clamped down midway through the second half and sparked a 10-2 run and created success with its faster tempo offense which gave William Carey its late seven-point lead. But along with miscues that followed, the Crusaders were forced to play without point guard Jonathan Floyd, who totaled 11 points, in the game’s final minutes due to injury. 

 

“I think we just didn’t handle that moment very well,” Knight said. “Jonathan got hurt and he would have been in the game late right there. We kind of missed having a point guard out there. 

 

It hurt. It was just one of those deals we had some guys hurt and some guys who don’t shoot it real well when we need shooters on the court. They kind of dictated who we played.” 

 

Notably, a distinct difference between the two teams was free throw shooting as Loyola finished 9-fo-21 while William Carey was 19-of-22 from the line. 

 

For Loyola, it was free-throw shooting that sealed its win at the end. Leading 66-63, nailed three of its nine free throws to secure its win. 

 

William Carey was led by Brandon Cranford who scored a team-high of 21 points and made a team-high of five 3-pointers. Along with Floyd, Anthony Jones also scored in double-digits with 12 points. 

 

The loss to Loyola is now William Carey’s fourth conference home loss of the season. 

 

“You have to suck it up and go to the next one,” Knight said. “If you hang your head then good things aren’t going to happen. We have got to flush it, get it out of our minds and go to work. The guys are really down. We have got to have some guys on the team that are good leaders and that can keep us going. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.” 

 

William Carey will travel to play Florida College on Thursday with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m.

 

“That’s four conference games at home we lost and that’s never happened ever,” Knight said. “It’s frustrating but we are still playing. Our goal is to get better and play as well as we can possibly be come conference tournament time.”

 

 

Loyola 69, William Carey 63

At William Carey 

 

Loyola (16-5, 6-3) – Aldridge 4 2-2 11, Burns 5 0-6 10, Leaney 4 3-4 15, Maturah 4 2-2 14, Wrightsil 6 2-7 14, Burgess 1 0-0 2, Philips 0 0-0 0, Stagni 1 0-0 3. Field Goals: 25, Free Throws: 9-21, Total Points 69.

 

William Carey (14-7, 4-5) – Cranford 6 4-5 21, Dobbs 0 0-0 0, Dotson 0 0-0 0, Douglas 2 6-6 11, Floyd 1 2-2 4, Jones 4 1-3 12, Mallett 2 0-0 4, McDavid 1 4-4 7, McGee 1 2-2 4, Thigpen 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 17, Free Throws 19-22, Total Points 63. 

 

Loyola              33        36        –          69

WCU                26        37       –          63

 

3-Pointers – Loyola 10 (Maturah 4, Leaney 4, Aldridge, Stagni), WCU 10 (Cranford 5, Jones 3, McDavid, Douglas. Total Fouls: Loyola 19, WCU 18. Fouled Out: Burns, Cranford. 

 

With five minutes left in the game, No. 24 William Carey looked to pull away from No. 17 Loyola after having trailed by six points at halftime.

Instead of pulling away, the Crusaders were plagued with a string of turnovers and solid defensive play by the Wolf Pack which led to an 11-0 run. The run helped Loyola come away with a 69-63 win over William Carey on Saturday.

“We got beat off the dribble too many times,” William Carey head coach Steve Knight said. “They have got some good one-on-one players but I do feel like there were times our rotation wasn’t good and we talked about it at halftime. We stepped up and took some charges in the second half. They are a good team It was a game where we probably should have won it if we handled it right.

“We finally made some shots and got the ball moving better against their zone. Their length versus our quickness and small guards was the story of the game. They kept us at bay pretty much the entire first half. Toward the end, we started to get a little rhythm and then in the second half we really did a pretty good job against them.”

In the first half as well as the entire game, the Crusaders struggled to find an offensive rhythm against Loyola’s size and defensive play. At the same time, William Carey kept the Wolf Pack’s high scoring offense at bay. Despite Loyola leading 33-26 at halftime, both teams’ offenses struggled in the first half which Knight credited to each team’s defenses.

“They are like No. 2 in the country in steals, No. 1 in the county in offensive rebounds, No. 4 in scoring and average 95 points per game,” Knight said. “We have got a 69-63 game. They are averaging 16 offensive rebounds a game and they got nine.

“Pretty much we were concentrating on their ability to drive the ball to the basket. We did a pretty good job and made them take some tough shots. We shot only 21 percent or so in the first half and we are down only a little bit you would think you are down 20 shooting like that. They took us out of our rhythm offensively. We didn’t get the ball moving the way we needed to do until probably the last five minutes of the first half. We finally started driving and kicking it and making extra passes and started getting into a rhythm. A lot of the missed shots were the fact that they didn’t let us get into an offensive rhythm”.

In the second half, both teams found offensive sparks. Although both teams had success with perimeter shooting as each team made 10 3-pointers, each team found success through their distinctive playing style. The Wolf Pack (16-5, 6-3) found success inside the paint scoring 28 points. William Carey scored most of its key points from turnovers totaling 20 points and 27 points from the bench.

The Crusaders' defense clamped down midway through the second half and sparked a 10-2 run and created success with its faster tempo offense which gave William Carey (14-7, 4-5) its late seven-point lead. But along with miscues that followed, the Crusaders were forced to play without point guard Jonathan Floyd, who totaled 11 points, in the game’s final minutes due to injury.

“I think we just didn’t handle that moment very well,” Knight said. “Jonathan got hurt and he would have been in the game late right there. We kind of missed having a point guard out there.

It hurt. It was just one of those deals we had some guys hurt and some guys who don’t shoot it real well when we need shooters on the court. They kind of dictated who we played.”

Notably, a distinct difference between the two teams was free throw shooting as Loyola finished 9-fo-21 while William Carey was 19-of-22 from the line. For Loyola, it was free-throw shooting that sealed its win at the end. Leading 66-63, nailed three of its nine free throws to secure its win.

William Carey was led by Brandon Cranford who scored a team-high of 21 points and made a team-high of five 3-pointers. Along with Floyd, Anthony Jones also scored in double-digits with 12 points.

The loss to Loyola is now William Carey’s fourth conference home loss of the season.

“You have to suck it up and go to the next one,” Knight said. “If you hang your head then good things aren’t going to happen. We have got to flush it, get it out of our minds and go to work. The guys are really down. We have got to have some guys on the team that are good leaders and that can keep us going. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

William Carey will travel to play Florida College on Thursday with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m.

“That’s four conference games at home we lost and that’s never happened ever,” Knight said. “It’s frustrating but we are still playing. Our goal is to get better and play as well as we can possibly be come conference tournament time.”

 

Loyola 69, William Carey 63

At William Carey

Loyola (16-5, 6-3) – Aldridge 4 2-2 11, Burns 5 0-6 10, Leaney 4 3-4 15, Maturah 4 2-2 14, Wrightsil 6 2-7 14, Burgess 1 0-0 2, Philips 0 0-0 0, Stagni 1 0-0 3. Field Goals: 25, Free Throws: 9-21, Total Points 69.

William Carey (14-7, 4-5) – Cranford 6 4-5 21, Dobbs 0 0-0 0, Dotson 0 0-0 0, Douglas 2 6-6 11, Floyd 1 2-2 4, Jones 4 1-3 12, Mallett 2 0-0 4, McDavid 1 4-4 7, McGee 1 2-2 4, Thigpen 0 0-0 0. Field Goals: 17, Free Throws 19-22, Total Points 63.

Loyola   33 36  – 69

WCU  26 37  – 63

3-Pointers – Loyola 10 (Maturah 4, Leaney 4, Aldridge, Stagni), WCU 10 (Cranford 5, Jones 3, McDavid, Douglas. Total Fouls: Loyola 19, WCU 18. Fouled Out: Burns, Cranford.