Jan. 3, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland men's basketball team dominated the Marist Red Foxes from the opening tip on Tuesday night, securing the Greyhounds' first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory after a 25-6 opening run with a 83-67 win.
Loyola improves to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in the MAAC with the win, while Marist falls to 3-11 and 2-1 in conference play.
Jamal Barney's night featured a milestone moment as the senior's 14-foot jumper with 5:14 left in the first half gave Barney his 1,000th point at Loyola, becoming the 31st player at the school to accomplish the feat. Barney finished the night with 11 points, improving his overall collegiate scoring mark to 1,038 and 1,007 as a Greyhound.
Shane Walker led the Greyhounds with 19 points and eight rebounds. Robert Olson also poured in 17 points, including 12 from three-point range. Erik Etherly added 14 points and six rebounds and Brian Rudolph spread the ball around with a team-leading six assists.
The Greyhounds shot 49.1 percent from the floor, going 28-for-57. Marist went 20-for-41 from the floor for a 48.8 shooting percentage. Loyola also outrebounded the Red Foxes, 31-19.
Loyola immediately built on a 44-31 lead coming out of the halftime break, powering to a 56-36 advantage with an opening 12-5 run through the first four minutes of the second half.
Erik Ethlerly provided a strong second half for the Greyhounds, scoring all of his 14 points in the frame to keep Loyola ahead by a comfortable margin.
Marist worked to chip away at Loyola's lead midway through the half, getting to within 12 with 6:25 remaining in the game. The Greyhounds continued to pile on the points, however, and a Robert Olson three-pointer with 4:19 left gave Loyola an intimidating 75-60 lead.
Etherly nailed a 12-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to extend the lead to 79-60 and followed it up with a thunderous putback in the final minute. Drummond added another before a Marist basket to hand Marist its first conference loss, 83-67.
The Greyhounds won the opening tip and went to work putting Marist in a hole early, jumping to a 16-2 lead in the first four minutes led by Shane Walker's seven points and one block during the run.
Marist attempted to cut into the lead from the free throw line but Robert Olson's two consecutive three pointers helped keep the Red Foxes at bay, putting Loyola ahead 25-8 after the first eight minutes.
Marist narrowed the gap through the remainder of the opening half by eventually improving its shooting percentage to 42.9 in the half to Loyola's mark of 48.3 percent. The Greyhounds' defense held strong, however, never letting the Red Foxes get within double digits as Loyola entered halftime with a 44-31 lead. Walker finished the half with 16 points and six rebounds while Olson contributed 12 points.
Loyola hits the road this weekend for a pair of MAAC games, beginning with a Friday night tilt against Manhattan at 7 p.m., and followed by a game against Iona on Sunday at 2 p.m.