Jan. 8, 2008
Lawrence, Kan. - No. 3 Kansas used a 38-9 run over a stretch of 13:23 that spanned both halves after Loyola had pulled within four at 26-22 to take a 64-31 lead with 11:45 remaining and cruised its way to a 90-60 non-conference victory Tuesday night in front of a sold out crowd at Allen Fieldhouse. The win was the Jayhawks' 15th straight to open the season as the Greyhounds fell to 6-9.
"It was a real honor to be here tonight and play in this environment," fourth-year Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "The last time I saw this team was at the 2002 Final Four when I was an assistant at Maryland and this team is every bit as good as that team. They have talent, depth and they shoot the ball very well. I'll be rooting for them."
Both teams were sluggish in the beginning and the contest was knotted 3-3 three minutes into the game. Kansas used a 10-3 run to grab a 13-6 lead when Darrell Arthur hit a jumper from the lane with 12:12 left before the intermission. The Greyhounds fought back to pull with four on three separate occasions, the last time on the fourth three-pointer of the half by senior guard Gerald Brown with 5:08 left. The Jayhawks would score the game's next 13 points to take a 39-22 lead on a Jeremy Case three-pointer with46 ticks remaining.
After a 41-24 score at the intermission, Kansas scored 14 of the first 17 points of the second half for a 55-27 lead after Sherron Collins' three-pointer with 15:15 remaining. The Jayhawks held their largest lead at 85-45 with 3:21 left before Loyola finished on a 15-5 run for the final margin.
"This was a great test for us," Patsos said. "You have to make shots against Kansas because they are an excellent defensive team. They started to go inside and go inside and they just wore us down. Twenty years from now our kids can say they played here."
Twelve of the 15 Jayhawks who saw game action scored, led by Collins' 18. Arthur had 14 and Sasha Kaun equaled that and added eight rebounds off the bench. Kansas forced 20 Loyola turnovers and recorded 10 blocked shots.
Brown led the Greyhounds with 13 points, just one after he connected on those four three-pointers in the first half. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan scored seven late to finish with 12 and senior guard Greg Manning equaled his career high with 10 points off the bench. Loyola held its own on the boards, losing the rebounding battle by jusy 47-41 as senior forward Michael Tuck grabbed nine and Brown corralled eight.
Loyola returns to action Friday night in the first game of a MAAC road weekend when it visits Fairfield at 7:30 p.m.