Jan. 24, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola set a new team record with 18 three-pointers en route to an 85-56 victory over Siena Thursday night at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds shot 56.3 percent from downtown while holding the Saints to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field. Loyola (10-10, 6-3 MAAC) finished with five players in double figures for the second straight home game.
"We played well and we are playing for what's inside our locker room," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said of his team's performance. "We keep improving as a team and I'm very proud of our program. I give Gerald Brown all the credit in the world because he said we were going to win tonight and then we went out and did it."
The Greyhounds raced out of the gate, opening a 13-2 advantage while keeping the Saints (12-7, 7-2 MAAC) scoreless for the first 6:32 of play. Siena struggled early on, connecting on only one of their first 17 shots from the field. Sophomore guard Brett Harvey accounted for nine quick points as he drilled three three-pointers, his only points of the half. Loyola used the three-point line to build their lead, making seven of 14 from behind the arc for the first 20 minutes. Loyola extended its advantage right before intermission to 36-23, as senior guard Gerald Brown gathered an offensive rebound and drained a turnaround jumper as the buzzer sounded. Brown finished the half with 10 points and senior forward Michael Tuck led the team with 12.
Loyola continued their barrage of three-pointers after the intermission as the first five Greyhounds baskets of the second half all came from beyond the arc. Tuck led the attack, connecting on three of them, and Loyola build its lead to 70-38 with 10 minutes remaining. Siena answered by scoring the game's next 13 points, Harvey's three-pointer with 7:09 left made the score 73-51 and tied the school record for three-pointers with 16. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan broke the record at the 2:54 mark with the team's 17th three-pointer to put Loyola ahead, 82-53.
Tuck led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, shooting 9-13 from the field and 4-6 from downtown. He also collected eight rebounds. Brown added 20 points and eight rebounds while Harvey finished with 16 points off 5-7 shooting from downtown and tallied six assists. Sullivan ended with 13 points and freshman guard Brian Rudolph tacked on 10. Senior forward Omari Isreal set a career-high with 14 rebounds during the contest.
"The ball is feeling good in my hands right now and I am knocking down my shots," Tuck said of his second career effort in two games.
Brown, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1,000th career point and then later scored his 1,000th point at Loyola, added, "This was a big win for us. It sent a message to the rest of the conference that we got off to a slow start and we are not going to go away without a fight."
The Greyhounds put their three-game win streak on the line when they travel to Manhattan to take on the Jaspers this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU.