Jan. 19, 2007
Jersey City, N.J. - Freshman guard Brett Harvey dropped in a driving baseline shot to snap a 55-55 tie and junior forward Michael Tuck converted all four of his free throws as Loyola scored the final seven points of the game to collect a 62-55 conference road victory at Saint Peter's Friday night at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. The win was the sixth straight conference victory for Loyola and kept it in a first-place tie at 6-1 with Marist and Manhattan, both of which were idle tonight. The Greyhounds are 10-7 while Saint Peter's fell to 3-15 and 1-7 in the MAAC in dropping its 10th straight.
After Brandon Brock tied the game at 55-55 with 56 seconds remaining with a driving layup, Harvey drove to the baseline and lofted a soft shot that bounced around the rim and went in to give the Greyhounds the lead with 37 ticks left. On the ensuing possession, the Peacocks were unable to get the ball over mid-court in the allotted 10 seconds for a turnover.
Junior guard Greg Manning was fouled with 20 seconds left and made one two free throws to put Loyola ahead, 58-55. Saint Peter's Akeem Gooding missed a three-pointer with 12 seconds left and Tuck was fouled on the rebound. He made both free throws and following a pair of missed Peacocks free throws, Tuck again was fouled on the rebound and made both to close out the scoring.
"I thought we survived, especially having to play the bulk of the game without Gerald [Brown]," third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of the team effort. "And although Brett didn't play great statistically, he made some big plays for us. For a freshman, he is growing up fast."
"The play broke down and I knew we had to get to the basket and make a jumper or get fouled," Harvey said of his only basket of the game. "Thankfully, it went in. Their zone really slowed us up. We're so much quicker in man and we can get easy baskets."
The Greyhounds appeared to have gained control mid-way through the second half, building a 44-33 lead with 10:51 remaining. But Saint Peter's answered with a 16-4 run to take a 49-48 lead on a Kevin Spann three-pointer with 5:35 remaining. Following a free throw to tie the game at 49-49, Loyola forced a five-second violation and on the next possession, sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan hit a three-pointer and was fouled. He made the free throw to put the Greyhounds ahead, 53-49, with 4:24 remaining. All told, Loyola forced a 10-second call and two five-second violations inside the game's final 4:41.
In addition to his only basket, Harvey handed out a career-best eight assists and led the team with four rebounds. Despite foul trouble that limited him to 27 minutes, Brown finished with 14 points, a total equaled by both Sullivan and Tuck. Junior forward Omari Isreal added nine points and a career-best three blocks. Junior guard Greg Manning equaled his season-high with 31 minutes played, scoring four points with three assists.
"Manning picked up some key minutes and gave us a good effort," Patsos lauded. "It's important as we get into the meat of the league schedule that we get that kind of from guys when they are called on."
The Peacocks placed four players in double figures, led by Akeem Gooding's 16. Spann added 12, Todd Sowell 11 and Raul Orta 10.
Loyola takes its six-game winning into Sunday's game at Rider. The game is a 4 o'clock start and will be carried live on MASN. The Greyhounds return home to host Manhattan on January 24.