Jan. 19, 2008
Jersey City, N.J. - Senior forward Michael Tuck recorded his eighth career double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead Loyola to a 62-57 MAAC road victory at Saint Peter's Saturday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center. The win was the second straight for the Greyhounds and fourth in five conference games, improving to 9-10, 5-3 in the league.
Tuck equaled his career best with those 22 points while the 16 rebounds established a new career high. He shot 50 percent from the floor (7-14) and made all eight of his attempts from the free-throw line, playing 37 minutes with just one turnover.
"We are all kind of realizing that we have passed the halfway point in the season and we haven't lived up to the expectations that we have for ourselves," Tuck said of the effort. "Coach Patsos told me I have to have some goals and to visualize what I want to get out of this season. I told him today I wanted to get a double-double, make all my free throws and get the win. We met all those goals."
Loyola grabbed a 17-8 lead eight minutes into the game after two of Tuck's free throws capped a 10-2 Greyhounds run. Saint Peter's answered by scoring 14 of the game's next 18 points to take a 22-21 lead with 5:53 left in the half when Wesley Jenkins drained the second of his three first-half three-pointers. Loyola retook the lead and held a 33-30 advantage at the intermission as guards Brett Harvey and Marquis Sullivan split 20 points for the Greyhounds.
Saint Peter's held the lead once in the second half following an offensive put-back by Todd Sowell with 6:33 remaining for a 48-47 Peacocks lead. Freshman guard Brian Rudolph put Loyola back in the lead at 50-48 with his only basket of the game, a three-pointer with 5:24 left. When Harvey drained a three-pointer from the baseline late in the shot clock with 2:28 remaining, the Greyhounds held a 57-50 advantage.
Another Jenkins three-pointer and another offensive put-back from Sowell brought the Peacocks within three at 59-56 with 21.2 ticks left. But Rudolph knocked down a pair of free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining to put the game back at two possessions to seal the win.
"It was a great win. There is nothing more important than making free throws on the road and we were able to sustain their comeback in the second half," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "If he [Tuck] plays like that the rest of the year, we have a chance to win the league. He played well the whole game and that's what we expect out of him. I also can't say enough about our guards. The games at Dayton, Illinois and Kansas helped them grow up. Brian Rudolph has really led us since then, Brett Harvey has excelled playing both guard spots and Marquis Sullivan played really well off the bench in the first half."
Harvey finished the game with 13 points while Sullivan had 12 and Rudolph handed out seven assists. Loyola made 19 of 23 free throws (82.6 percent) and held a slight rebounding advantage at 38-34.
Jenkins led Saint Peter's (4-13, 1-6 MAAC) with six three-pointers for 18 points while Sowell scored 13 with nine rebounds.
The Greyhounds return to action Thursday when they host preseason MAAC favorite Siena at 7 o'clock in Reitz Arena. The game will televised live in the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.