A career-high 19 rebounds by junior Darren Fenn wasn't enough for Canisius as the Griffs dropped a 79-65 decision to hot-shooting Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday night.
Fenn also had 18 points for the Griffs (2-7), who lost their ninth straight away from Buffalo. Matt Tribul came off the Canisius bench for a career-high five steals to go with seven points and six rebounds.
"Darren was a presence we've been looking for all season, and inside he certainly was a force," said Canisius coach Mike MacDonald. "Matt gave us a great effort, and played a tremendous all-around game."
"Fenn wanted the ball more than we did," said Loyola coach Larry Farmer. "I played all my big men. I searched and searched. But if Fenn wants to play in the NBA and there was a scout here tonight (there was), my kids got him drafted."
Loyola burned Canisius' zone for four three-point baskets in five shots, two by Chris Williams and one apiece by Earl Brown and David Bailey, as it zipped to a 27-11 lead in the first 10 minutes. The Ramblers proceeded to make 15 of their first 21 shots from the floor and finished with nine three-pointers on 14 tries.
The win before a crowd of 2,525 was the ninth straight at home for Loyola, and its 8-2 record represents the best start in 34 years.
Canisius trailed by a many as 19 (30-11) with 9:46 left in the first half. "Once you get behind by that many points, you have to be perfect on every single play, and sometimes that leads to more mistakes," said MacDonald. "We have to be smart enough in the beginning of the game to take care of the basketball, and our transition defense was horrendous."