Jan. 26, 2008
Riverdale, N.Y. - Junior guard Marquis Sullivan scored 23 points off the bench to lead Loyola to its fourth straight win and fifth straight in conference play as the Greyhounds recorded a 79-60 MAAC road win over Manhattan Saturday afternoon at Draddy Gymnasium. Loyola improved to 11-10 overall and 7-3 in the conference while the Jaspers dropped their fifth in a row and eight of nine in falling to 8-12 and 2-8 in the league.
"They [Manhattan] are a well-coached team and we really had to grind this win out today," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "We answered the bell in the second half and our experience really showed today. We were able to go inside and get to the free-throw line in the second half and that was the difference."
With the game tied at eight, Loyola scored the next nine points to grab a 17-8 lead with 12 minutes remaining as Sullivan capped the run with consecutive baskets for five of the points. The Jaspers answered with a 12-0 run of their own as Nick Walsh scored half of the points on a conventional three-point play and a three-pointer to close the run with 9:38 left. The remainder of the half would see four ties and three lead changes before Devon Austin connected on a three-pointer to close the scoring and give Manhattan a 38-36 lead at the intermission. Sullivan and Austin each scored 11 points off the bench for their respective teams to lead all scorers.
Loyola scored 11 of the game's next 13 points over a three-minute stretch to seize the lead for good when sophomore guard Brett Harvey hit a layup to make the score 50-43 with 12:45 remaining. After the Jaspers closed within four at 52-48, the Greyhounds used a 13-2 run over the next 4:51 to take a 65-50 advantage with 6:08 left. Six different Loyola players scored during the stretch that was capped by a layup by senior forward Omari Isreal from senior guard Gerald Brown. The Greyhounds enjoyed their largest lead at 79-57 when Harvey connected on four straight free throws, the last two with 24 ticks remaining.
The Greyhounds went to the free-throw line 23 times in the second half (making 20) and 34 times for the game (making 30) and shot 50 percent in the second half as they outscored Manhattan 43-22 after the intermission. Loyola also held a 38-24 rebounding advantage.
Sullivan made eight of his 12 attempts from the field, including five of his eight shots from three-point range, as he led all scorers. Isreal was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free-throw line en route to 14 points and added two blocks. Senior forward Michael Tuck scored 13 points with nine rebounds and Harvey finished with 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds.
"I'm really proud of our kids. This was a great win for us," Patsos added. "We survived a very tough team tonight and we continue to get good play out of our starting guards. Brian Rudolph has done an excellent job running the point and Brett Harvey is doing some really good things as the "two" guard. Plus, Marquis has really accepted his role off the bench and came in and really played some good defense."
Loyola puts its four-game winning streak on the line Tuesday when it visits New Jersey Institute in a non-conference contest at 7:00 p.m. The Greyhounds return to MAAC play on Friday when they travel to Western New York for games against Niagara (Friday) and Canisius (February 3).