Jan. 6, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - A 15-0 second-half run turned a three-point deficit into a 12-point lead and helped carry the Loyola Greyhounds to a 75-66 home MAAC victory over the Iona Gaels Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena. The win was the third straight conference victory for Loyola and increased its record to 7-6 and 3-1 in MAAC play. Iona remained the only winless men's team in Division I in falling to 0-13 and 0-3 in the conference.
"I thought our effort should have been better and I'm a little disappointed with how we came out today," Greyhounds third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the contest. "We are coming off a big victory [Tuesday night against preseason favorite Marist] and we need to play with that same intensity in every game. We're still learning and we'll learn from this and get better."
With Iona leading 37-34 with 13:38 remaining in the game, the Greyhounds pulled within one, 37-36, on a jumper from junior forward Michael Tuck. The Gaels turned the ball over on its ensuing possession, and following the call, Iona head coach Jeff Ruland was assessed a technical foul. With play still stopped, a second technical foul was called on Ruland. Loyola sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan drained all four free throws and followed that with his only three-pointer of the contest to give the Greyhounds seven points during the possession and a 43-37 lead with 12:54 remaining.
That advantage would balloon to 12 at 49-37 over the next 48 seconds as freshman guard Brett Harvey made a pair of free throws and Brown added a pair of break-away lay-ups on assists from junior forward Omari Isreal and Sullivan.
The Gaels scored four quick points on lay-ups from Anthony Bruin and Alejo Rodriguez to cut it to eight, but a three-pointer from Harvey pushed the lead back to 11 at 54-43 with 6:27 remaining. That began an 11-1 Loyola stretch with Brown scoring five of those for the Greyhounds to build the lead to 62-44 with 3:38 left.
Coming off a career-high 33-point effort Tuesday, Brown followed that with 20 points before fouling out. Tuck equaled his career-best with 13 rebounds and added 13 points for his fourth career double-double. Sullivan was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 13. The Greyhounds eclipsed a team mark with 10 blocked shots, bettering the school record of nine established on January 13, 1992, against Navy and equaled February 11, 1997, against Rutgers.
Iona was led in scoring by Bruin's 20 points to which he added 11 rebounds. Rodriguez also collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Justin Marshall added 18 points.
Following a pair of conference home win, the Greyhounds visit conference-leader Siena on Tuesday at Times Union Arena. Game time is slated for 7 o'clock.