Jan. 7, 2011
Hall scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half to keep the Greyhounds (6-8, 2-2 MAAC) within striking distance after Manhattan used a 28-11 run to take a 30-18 lead with 5:14 remaining in the first half. Hall scored nine points during an 11-2 stretch over a span of 1:49 to pull Loyola within three points at 32-29. The Jaspers (2-12, 0-4 MAAC) held a 38-32 halftime advantage.
What Hall did in the first 20 minutes was matched by Olson in the final 20 minutes and he got some help from classmate Erik Etherly along the way. Olson spaced out his five three-pointers in the half, but it was Etherly who contributed key baskets as the Greyhounds seized control of the game.
Four straight Etherly points tied the game at 47 five minutes into the second half and his putback with 10:44 left erased the Jaspers' last lead and started a stretch with Loyola scoring 25 of the game's final 35 points. Up one, Etherly's layup from an Olson assist began the Greyhounds on a 16-2 run over the game's final 4:14 as Loyola converted nine straight free throws to establish the final margin.
The six three-pointers scored by Hall and Olson are the most by a Greyhounds player since Brett Harvey tallied that many in a 73-70 home win over Tennessee State in November 2008. Loyola's 50 second-half points marks the first time since December 2009 that a Greyhounds team scored half-a-hundred in a half. Combined with the 83 points scored in Monday's win over Marist, Loyola bettered 80-plus points in consecutive games for the first time since stringing together three 80-point outings in February 2008.
In addition to Hall's career best, Olson matched his career high with 20 points. The 20-point tandem is Loyola's first since Jamal Barney (41) and Harvey (22) each topped 20 points in a January 2009 win at Canisius. Etherly recorded his second career double-double with 14 points - 12 in the second half - and career-high matching 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Dylon Cormier chipped in with 11 points, three assists and three steals.
For Manhattan, Rhamel Brown scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the first half to help the Jaspers build their lead. George Beamon was a perfect seven-for-seven from the foul line among his 15 points and he added seven boards and four steals. Andrew Gabriel came off the bench to score 11 points.
Loyola continues its two-game MAAC road weekend Sunday afternoon at Iona in a 2 o'clock start. The Greyhounds are back in Reitz Arena one week from tonight when they host Fairfield at 7:00 p.m.