Jan. 2, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Junior guard Gerald Brown poured in a career-high 33 points to help lead Loyola to a 77-69 home conference win over preseason favorite Marist Tuesday night at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds never trailed in the game in evening their record to 6-6 on the season and 2-1 in the MAAC. The Red Foxes fell to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the league as it was defeated for just the second time in nine games.
"Gerald Brown is one of the top players in the country and I'll let his numbers speak for themselves," third-year coach Jimmy Patsos beamed about his junior guard. "I was very pleased with the way Gerald played tonight. He rebounded and gave us a spark offensively and consistently took the big shot when we needed it."
Loyola opened the game with a three-pointer from freshman guard Brett Harvey and after ties at 5-5 and 8-8, the Greyhounds scored 14 of the next 16 points over the next 8:40 of the contest to grab a 22-10 advantage with 9:06 remaining in the first half, forcing Marist head coach Matt Brady to take a time out. Four different Greyhounds scored points with Brown and junior forward Michael Tuck scoring a three-point and a two-point basket each during the run.
The lead ballooned to 16 points with 2:32 left before intermission, but the Red Foxes cut it in half behind three three-pointers and trailed just 34-26 with 20 minutes remaining. Brown led all scorers at the half with 13 as seven Greyhounds collected assists on the 14 first-half baskets.
With Loyola leading by just nine at 43-34, the Greyhounds outscored Marist 14-5 over the next four minutes to grab its largest lead of the game at 57-39 with 11:29 remaining. The run was punctuated by a three-pointer from Brown, who collected five points during the stretch, the same as sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan.
The Red Foxes would not be denied as they cut the deficit all the way down to three at 64-61 with a 17-3 run over a four-minute stretch as junior forward Ryan Stilphen accounted for 10 of his 18 points with two buckets and six free throws. Following a Patsos-called time out, Brown connected on a three-pointer to push the lead back to six and finished the game connecting on eight consecutive free throws over the final three minutes to give him his career-high of 33.
"It was just one of those shots," Brown commented about the shot following the time out. "We've been working hard in every game and when I hit that shot, I knew it was going to go our way. Those Big 10 road games were a test for us and opened the doors for us to play well in games like tonight."
"Gerald Brown had a helluva game," Marist's Brady said following the contest. "We wanted to take away the drive and the three, but he was making the mid-range jumper all game. He had a lot of `catch-and-shoot'."
"The Big 10 trip was good for us even though we went 0-2 because if prepared us for the conference," Patsos said of his team's trip to the Midwest last week. "Our defense is picking up and that starts with Brett Harvey and Marquis Sullivan. We got good play out of our guards tonight and that was a key."
In addition to the 33 points, Brown played all 40 minutes and added six rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Josko Alujevic had 13 points and three assists and junior forward Omari Isreal added 10 points and four rebounds.
The Red Foxes placed four players in double figures, led by Jordan's triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Senior guard Will Whittington led his team with 19 points and Stilphen added 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward James Smith also scored 10 points.
The stretch of four home games in its next five games continues Saturday when the Greyhounds host Iona at Reitz Arena for a noon start.