Jan. 20, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - Junior forward Shane Walker scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead four Greyhounds in double figures as Loyola won its third straight and fifth in six games with a 62-50 home MAAC victory over Manhattan Thursday night in Reitz Arena.
The game was the 200th coached by Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos to rank him third all-time in the 101-year history of men's basketball at the institution.
After the Jaspers scored the game's first points, the contest would be tied twice before Loyola (9-9, 5-3 MAAC) took the lead for good on a Walker layup and then continued to extend its advantage. The Greyhounds put together a 16-7 stretch to grab a 26-16 lead with 4:21 left in the first half on a driving layup from junior J'hared Hall and led 30-22 at the intermission.
But Manhattan (3-16, 1-7 MAAC) fought its way back into the game at the start of the second half, scoring six straight to make the score 30-28 three minutes in. Ninety seconds later, the differential remained two before freshman guard Justin Drummond and Hall each ran off five straight points with driving layups and three-pointers to close out an 11-2 run and give the Greyhounds a double-digit lead at 45-34 with 11:17 remaining.
The Jaspers would get their deficit below 10 just once the rest of the game, that coming on five straight points on a layup from George Beamon and a Rhamel Brown three-point play for a 50-42 count with 7:44 to play. The Greyhounds continued their grind-it-out game plan, forcing the ball inside as sophomore forward Erik Etherly scored half of his 12 points over the final 5:30 with four foul shots and an offensive put back.
"This is a good win for us," Patsos said following the win. "Manhattan's been to a couple of postseasons since I've been here and you have to look at the program not the record. They really took it to us inside when we played two weeks ago and we decided we wanted to take it to them tonight and it showed."
The Jaspers held a 38-24 advantage in paint points, but Loyola countered with a 23-7 margin in points off the bench with all of them coming from Hall (12 points) and Drummond (11). Manhattan was led by Beamon's game-high 14 points and 13 from Demetrius Jemison with each player grabbing 10 rebounds for double-doubles. Brown was the only other player in double figures with 12.
Loyola returns to action Saturday afternoon at Marist for a MAAC TV game at 2 o'clock. The game will be live locally on MASN. The Greyhounds return home for a pair of games next weekend, hosting Siena on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Iona on January 30 at noon.