Manhattan 94, Loyola, Md. 79

Rico Pickett scored a career-high 33 points to lead ninth-seeded

Manhattan past eighth-seeded Loyola (Md.) 94-79 in the opening

round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament on

Friday night.

Darryl Crawford added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Jaspers,

who avenged a 71-59 loss to Loyola to close the regular season.

Shane Walker had 26 points for the Greyhounds (13-17), who also

got 13 from Jamal Barney.

Brandon Adams had 14 for Manhattan (11-19), which advanced to

face top-seeded Siena in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

Loyola managed to whittle a 19-point deficit to 69-64 with 8

minutes left. But Pickett hit a layup and two free throws on a

flagrant foul call with 4:40 remaining to increase Manhattan’s

advantage.

Manhattan sprinted to a 17-4 lead and took a 51-36 edge into the

break behind 23 first-half points from Pickett.