Jan. 11, 2008
Bridgeport, Conn. - Sophomore guard Brett Harvey connected on two of three free throws with 32 seconds remaining for a career-high 20 points and junior guard Marquis Sullivan drained a pair of foul shots with 6.2 ticks left to ice a 67-63 Loyola MAAC road victory Friday night over Fairfield at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Harvey made seven of 11 from the field, including four three-pointers, and grabbed four rebounds with three assists and a steal as the Greyhounds improved their record to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in the MAAC. The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for Loyola and dropped Fairfield to 5-10 overall and 3-2 in league play.
"Brett Harvey continues to be the comeback kid for us and he showed it again tonight," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of his sophomore guard. "It was a great game, an exciting game for both teams and Brett came up really big. He gets excited to play Jonathan Han. He [Han] is a great player, an all-league player."
The teams exchanged the lead six times in the first six minutes and Fairfield built a tenuous 19-15 advantage with 6:35 remaining on a pair of free throws from Anthony Johnson. The Greyhounds finished the half scoring 13 of the final 15 points, connecting on three three-pointers including one from senior guard Gerald Brown with 5:13 left to give Loyola a 20-19 lead that it would not relinquish. Brown and Harvey led all scorers with eight points at the intermission as the Greyhounds defense held the Stags to just six first-half field goals.
Loyola used a 12-4 run to take a 51-40 advantage for its largest lead of the game when senior forward Omari Isreal drained a pair of free throws with 7:38 left. The Stags got within two at 58-56 on a Herbie Allen conventional three-point play with 3:12 remaining. Freshman guard Brian Rudolph made a three-pointer on the next possession to increase the lead back to five and Loyola made six of seven foul shots the rest of the way.
Fairfield would get back to within two on two other occasions following Han baskets but free throws from Harvey and Sullivan kept the game at two possessions.
"I had some open shots and they were going in tonight" Harvey said of his effort. "I missed my first two shots, but then I got in a rhythm. The coaches called me in and told me I would be playing the "two" [shooting guard] and that I needed to take some shots. Brian Rudolph and in fact all the guys found me for open looks and I was able to capitalize."
In addition to Harvey's career night, Brown matched his average with 19 points and six rebounds and Rudolph handed out a career-best eight assists. Loyola held a 34-29 rebounding advantage, had assists on 16 of its 22 field goals and shot 57.1 percent in the second half. The Greyhounds' last road win came at the expense of the Stags as Loyola posted a 76-72 victory over Fairfield in the MAAC Quarterfinals, knocking the Stags out of the tournament on their own floor. Allen led all scorers with 23 points and was Fairfield's only double-digit scorer.
Loyola is back in MAAC action on Sunday when it visits Rider University in a 3 o'clock start.