Jan. 22, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola used a 12-2 run to take a 52-45 lead with 5:47 remaining and held on for a 57-56 home MAAC victory over Saint Peter's Thursday night at Reitz Arena. Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the final seven minutes of the game as the Greyhounds won their fourth straight.
Trailing 43-40 with nine minutes to play, junior guard Brett Harvey found senior guard Marquis Sullivan from the right elbow for a three-pointer to knot the score and Harvey capped the 12-2 run with a pull-up three-pointer of his own. Harvey had five of the 12 points while Barney contributed four on consecutive drives to the basket, the first a thunderous dunk from the left baseline with seven minutes to play.
But Saint Peter's (5-14, 2-7 MAAC) would not go away quietly as the Peacocks finished the game on an 11-5 run and could have collected the victory had a 35-foot shot from Ryan Bacon connected as time expired following a fifth straight Loyola missed free throw.
"For the first time in four games - and those are four wins - I didn't think we sustained our effort for 40 minutes," Greyhounds fifth-year coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. We have to understand that it takes 40 minutes to win basketball games. Because of what we have done in this program for the last three years, we have no free nights."
Up one at 13-12 with under eight minutes to play in the first half, the Greyhounds (9-12, 4-5 MAAC) scored eight of nine points to take a 21-13 lead with 4:59 left before intermission. Sophomore guard Brian Rudolph scored five straight to close out the stretch, the final point to wrap up a conventional three-point play.
But, as they did all night, the Peacocks fought back, scoring 12 of 14 to take a 25-23 lead with 39.6 second remaining in the half. Loyola led when Sullivan connected on a three-pointer with three seconds left as both teams shot under 40 percent for the half.
Saint Peter's maintained the momentum after the intermission, building a five-point lead with 16:47 remaining. Loyola scored seven of nine to knot the score at 35 with 13:33 left and the lead would exchange hands four times over the next three minutes before the Greyhounds began their decisive run.
Barney's game-high 17 points was followed by Harvey's 11 as the only Greyhounds in double figures. Loyola's defense did hold the Peacocks to just eight second-half field goals and 1-10 from three-point range. For Saint Peter's, Nick Leon came off the bench to score 16 points, Akeem Gooding collected 14 and Wesley Jenkins added 12. Ryan Bacon offset a 2-10 shooting night with 10 rebounds as the Peacocks held a decisive 45-30 advantage off the glass.
A two-game home stand concluded, Loyola will play its next three on the road beginning with Sunday's game at Marist. Game time is 4 o'clock.