NCAA Men's Basketball

Wieck leads balanced Navy attack in win over Loyola (MD)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Evan Wieck scored 13 points and Hasan Abdullah added 12 points and Navy held on to beat Loyola (Maryland) 71-68 on Saturday.

George Kiernan made a pair of free throws with 5:20 remaining and Navy (7-14, 4-6 Patriot League) led 61-52. The Greyhounds followed with a dunk by Andrew Kostecka, Isaiah Hart added a 3-point play and James Fives' 3-pointer narrowed the margin to a point. Wieck made two fouls shots with 93 seconds left, Kostecka countered with a jumper and Cam Davis' 3 with 43 seconds left put the Midshipmen up 66-62. Wieck followed with a layup and Navy maintained a safe distance the rest of the way.

Navy raced to a 17-6 lead before Loyola (8-15, 4-6) went on a 15-3 run and grabbed the lead on KaVaughn Scott's dunk with 6:21 before halftime. Neither team scored for three minutes before Navy went an 11-0 run to close the half.

Wieck made 5 of 6 from the field and had seven rebounds. John Carter Jr. and Kiernan each scored 10.

Kostescka led Loyola with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Updated February 2, 2019