Jan. 30, 2009
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Sophomore guard Jamal Barney scored 17 of his game-high 28 points after halftime and junior guard Brett Harvey added 13 as the pair combined to match the 30 points scored by the Broncs in the second half and lead Loyola to a 75-61 MAAC road win at Rider Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium. The win was the sixth straight for the Greyhounds, matching a six-game winning streak posted last season.
Loyola (11-12, 6-5 MAAC) never trailed in the second half as it shot 52.4 percent (11-21) and made 10 more free throws (19-9) while holding the Broncs (11-9, 6-4 MAAC) to 30.3 percent (10-33) shooting, including 1-11 from three-point range.
The Greyhounds started fast as Barney scored their first five points and senior forward Brad Farrell made a baseline jumper to give Loyola a 7-1 lead less than two minutes in. Rider would score 12 of the next 14 points to grab a 13-9 advantage with 12:32 remaining. The score would be tied twice and there would be six lead changes in the half, the last one coming when Farrell made an eight-footer with 33 ticks remaining to give the Greyhounds a 32-31 halftime lead.
After the intermission, the Greyhounds turned to their guards once again. When Barney completed a conventional three-point play at the 12:44 mark, Loyola held its largest lead of the contest at 50-37 on the strength of a 18-6 Greyhounds run to start the second half. Harvey had eight of the points and senior guard Marquis Sullivan added five for Loyola.
Rider roared back with a 17-7 run to get as close as it would come in the second half, closing within 57-54 with just over five minutes remaining. Harvey was fouled while attempting a three-pointer on Loyola's next possession and made all three free throws to push the lead back to six and the Broncs would not get the score under one possession for the remainder of the game as the Greyhounds finished the game on an 18-7 run.
The MAAC's leading scorer, Barney finished with 28 points, including 11 of 14 from the free-throw stripe. Harvey made eight of his nine free throws and ended up with 18 points. Sophomore guard Brian Rudolph did not miss a shot from the field while scoring 12 points and adding seven rebounds from his point guard spot. Junior forward Jawaan Wright led all rebounders with a career-high 11 boards.
For Rider, starters Mike Ringgold and Ryan Thompson evenly split 26 points and were joined by Harris Mansell with 11 points. Novar Gadson added 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
The Greyhounds conclude a three-game road stretch Sunday when they visit Fairfield at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised locally on MASN. Loyola is home next on February 7 when it hosts Manhattan in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock.