BALTIMORE (AP) -- Gerald Brown scored 29 points, including nine straight in the closing minutes, and Loyola gained a share of first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference by defeating Canisius 77-74 Friday night.
Marquis Sullivan scored 16 points, and Omari Isreal had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Greyhounds (14-10, 10-4), who snapped a two-game skid and moved into a tie with Marist atop the MAAC.Darnell Wilson had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Chuck Harris scored 16 for Canisius (11-13, 6-8). The Golden Griffins got 20 more rebounds and took 23 more shots than Loyola, but shot 36 percent in suffering their third straight loss.After a 3-pointer by Corey Herring gave Canisius a 67-63 lead with 5:43 remaining, Brown single-handedly put the Greyhounds back in front. He made a layup, then got the rebound on the other end before converting a three-point play -- the 18th and final lead change of the game.Brown sandwiched two jumpers around a free throw by Canisius to make it 72-68. After Wilson scored, Josko Alujevic made a hook in the lane as the shot clock was about to expire to give Loyola a four-point cushion with 36 seconds to go.Loyola led 52-51 lead before Greyhounds coach Jimmy Patsos was tagged with a technical foul. Harris made both shots to put Canisius in front, and Wilson followed with a basket in the paint and a dunk to make it 57-52 with 10:33 left.Brown answered with a layup and a three-point play to bring Loyola back.Wilson scored 14 points, and Canisius overcame a 13-point deficit to pull into a 36-36 tie at halftime.Alujevic made his first three shots and Loyola went 7-for-8 in taking a 17-4 lead. Brown contributed a pair of 3-pointers in the early surge, which coincided with the Golden Griffins opening 1-for-10 from the floor.It was 24-15 before Canisius scored nine straight points to pull even. Minutes later, a basket by Wilson and a driving layup by Jovan Robinson gave the Griffins their first lead, 28-27.At that point, Wilson was 6-for-10 from the field and the rest of the team was 5-for-23.