Jan. 3, 2009
Buffalo, N.Y. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored 41 points and junior guard Brett Harvey added 22 to lead Loyola to an 86-62 MAAC win at Canisius Saturday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center. The 41 points were the most for a Greyhounds player since Joel Hittleman scored 44 points against Catholic on December 17, 1954, to match the school record. Hittleman, a native of Buffalo, was in attendance at Saturday's game.
Barney scored 20 points in the first half and 21 in the second, tallying the last basket with 52.8 ticks remaining in the game on the last of sophomore guard Brian Rudolph's seven assists. The layup made Barney just the third Greyhounds player in recorded history to top the 40-point barrier. The Baltimore native finished the game 15-of-19 from the field and eight-of-nine from the line, making three-of-four from three-point range.
"My teammates found me and I had good matchups the whole game," Barney said after the contest. "Playing a Top Five team in the country [Duke] prepared us for MAAC play. We can start '09 with a win and set us up for the rest of the season."
Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos lauded his sophomore guard. "Jamal Barney is the next great player in our program," Patsos said of the performance. "First it was Andre Collins and then Gerald Brown and now Barney. Canisius is a good team. We were fortunate to be on fire today and Barney carried us to the win."
Tied at 18 with 7:36 remaining in the first half, the Greyhounds scored 12 of the game's next 15 points as Barney scored seven and Harvey added five to give Loyola a 30-21 lead with four minutes left. The score at the intermission was 36-29 in favor of the Greyhounds before opening it up at the start of the second half.
Loyola (5-9, 1-2 MAAC) went on a 13-3 run over the first four minutes after halftime as again Barney (eight) and Harvey (five) accounted for all of the Greyhounds points, Barney ending the stretch with a conventional three-point play for a 49-32 lead. Canisius (5-8, 0-3 MAAC) could not get closer than 10 for the remainder of the contest and Loyola led by 27 on Barney's final points of the game.
Hittleman's 44-point effort equaled the school record originally set by Loyola's all-time leading scorer Jim Lacy when he posted that number against Western Maryland on February 14, 1948. Twice during the 2005-2006 season, Collins reached 39 points, but no Greyhounds player had come close to 40 since.
Barney added six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals to his scoring exploits. Harvey added five rebounds, two assists and two steals to his 22 points. Sophomore forward Isaac Reid led all rebounders with 10, reaching double figures for the third time this season. Rudolph made seven free throws and grabbed five boards to go along with his seven assists and freshman forward Anthony Winbush scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out two assists and collected two steals. Loyola shot 50 percent in the second half (15-30) and held a 26-10 rebounding advantage after the intermission.
Canisius was led by Julius Coles' 15 points and 10 points from Frank Turner.
The Greyhounds are back in action Monday night when they visit the Gallagher Center for a game with Niagara. Start time is 7 o'clock.