Jan. 14, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored 40 points and established school records for free throws made (18) and attempted (22) to lead Loyola to a 70-62 non-conference win over New Jersey Institute Wednesday night in Reitz Arena. It was Barney's second 40-point outing in 12 days.
With the effort, Barney is only the second player in school history to score 40 or more points in a game twice in a career and he did it twice in a month, scoring 41 points on January 3 in a win at Canisius. The Baltimore native scored 16 straight points in the second half after the winless Highlanders (0-17) came all the way back from a 19-point deficit to pull within one at 40-39 six minutes into the second half. Barney made 12 second-half free throws after connecting on all six first-half attempts to break the school record by one. The previous record was the 17 free throws previously made by Rodney Floyd in 1973 and Maurice Hicks in 1983. Marty Maher previously held the school record for free throw attempts with 20 in 1964.
"I'd like to thank the fans that showed up tonight. We don't win that game without our fans," Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said after the game. "Jamal Barney continues to be our leader. I've never coached a guy who had 40 twice in the same season before. The important thing is we won. I'm happy for the program and that we got our sixth win."
After trailing 10-4 five minutes into the contest, the Greyhounds scored 11 straight points to grab a 17-12 lead at the mid-point of the first half following a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Isaac Reid. Loyola (6-12) would finish the half on a 30-7 run to take a 36-19 lead at the intermission, the final points coming on Reid's three-pointer as the horn sounded.
Sophomore guard Brian Rudolph scored a layup for his only basket of the game 30 seconds into the second half to increase the lead to 19 before New Jersey Institute would score 20 of 22 points to pull within one at 40-39 with 14 minutes left. Six different Highlanders would score during the stretch led by seven points from Jheryl Wilson. From there, Barney kept the Highlanders from grabbing the lead, going to the free-throw line on seven straight scoring opportunities with two of those trips completing conventional three-point plays.
Although never able to gain the lead, New Jersey Institute would tie the score at 56 with 4:11 remaining before Loyola made 10 of its 12 free-throw tries to finish the game on a 14-6 run to pull away. The team's leading free-throw shooter at 91.1 percent entering the contest, junior guard Brett Harvey made seven of eight during the run.
Barney was the only Greyhound in double figures although Reid finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with his eight points. For the Highlanders, Gary Garris scored 14 of his team-high 20 points after the intermission, Wilson finished with 14 and Justin Garris chipped in with 11.
The Greyhounds now travel to Manhattan for an appearance on ESPNU Friday night at 7 o'clock before returning home Sunday to host Marist in the first of two straight home games.