Jan. 15, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola Greyhounds four-game win streak ended Monday night with a home loss to the cross-town rival Towson Tigers, 70-62. One of the nation's leading scorers, Towson guard Gary Neal, was too much for the `Hounds to handle as he led the way with 33 points. Loyola struggled with its shooting, making only 39.6 percent of their shots from the field. The Greyhounds never owned a lead over the Tigers.
Neal showed why he is one of the top players in the Colonial Athletic Association on one trip down the floor. With Loyola having closed the gap to three points at 52-49 following seven consecutive Greyhounds points, Neal missed a three-pointer with 5:08 remaining and grabbed his own offensive rebound and was fouled. His one free throw pushed the lead back to four at 53-49, but Loyola turned the ball over on its next two possessions and Neal made a jumper and assisted on a basket from C.C. Williams to put the Tigers back up eight at 57-49 with 4:10 left. The Greyhounds could get no closer than four the rest of the way and Towson made 13 of 14 from the charity stripe to keep Loyola at bay.
Towson jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a couple of turnovers by Loyola that led to an easy lay-up for Williams and a trip to the foul line for Neal. Loyola came back to make it 6-4, but three baskets by Neal gave the Tigers a 12-6 advantage with 13 minutes to play in the first half. Less than a minute later, a pair of three's by junior guard Gerald Brown tied the game at 12. In the next six minutes, Towson opened up a 12-point lead via an 18-6 run to take a 30-18 lead with six minutes remaining. Loyola answered with a run of their own led by a couple of three-point baskets by Marquis Sullivan. The Greyhounds ended the first half on a 13-4 run to trail at the intermission, 34-31.
The second half opened with fast-paced action as both teams traded baskets for the first couple of minutes. With 15:30 remaining in the game, Brown tied the score with an offensive rebound and a lay-up. Towson quickly responded with a 12-1 run as Neal caught fire once again, scoring eight of the points for Towson. With 11:15 to go, Brown ended a four-minute field-goal drought for the Greyhounds with a driving lay-up. After a Towson turnover and a finger-roll from junior forward Omari Isreal, Towson's Jonathon Pease hit a three-pointer to put the Tigers up by 10, 52-42.
Brown led the way for the Greyhounds with 26 points and five rebounds. Brown went 4-10 from downtown but struggled from the charity stripe also shooting 4-10. Sullivan added 14 points for Loyola off 4-6 shooting from three and Isreal chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.
Along with Neal's 33 points, Williams scored 13 points and dishing out five assists. Dennard Abraham also scored 10 points and pulled down six boards.
Loyola will resume MAAC play, putting its five-game conference win streak on the line, when they travel to Saint Peters to take on the Peacocks on January 19.