Feb. 3, 2008
Buffalo, N.Y. - Junior guard Marquis Sullivan scored four straight first-half three-pointers to set the school's record for career three-pointers and senior forward Michael Tuck reached 20 points for the fourth time in five games as Loyola won its sixth straight with a 74-62 MAAC road win Sunday over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center.
The win placed the Greyhounds in a tie for second place in the MAAC standings, improving to 8-3 in the league and 13-10 overall. Loyola is tied with Marist and Siena - teams the Greyhounds defeated at home last month. The six-game winning streak is the longest under fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos and was last achieved by Loyola when the 1991-92 team closed out the regular season winning that many in a row. Canisius fell to 4-18 overall and 2-10 in the MAAC and had its modest two-game home winning streak snapped.
Trailing 10-9 less than five minutes into the contest, Sullivan drained three-pointers on four consecutive possessions to give the Greyhounds a lead it would not relinquish and his basket with 12:15 remaining made the score 21-13 to break the school record of 186 by Jason Rowe, a Buffalo Traditional HS product, he had equaled the possession before, forcing Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta to call a time out.
The closest the Golden Griffins would get would be four points at 66-62 when Tomas Vazquez-Simmons tipped in an offensive rebound with 1:45 remaining. Greyhounds senior guard Gerald Brown would make four straight free throws to pus the lead to eight and Loyola scored the final eight points of the contest. The 12-point advantage was the largest of the game.
"This was a gutsy road win for us to get after the travel situation we had to deal with to get here," Patsos said following the victory. "Marquis Sullivan was tremendous in the first half. Canisius is a tough, feisty team. Tom Parrotta is doing an excellent job with this young team."
Tuck led all scorers with 20 points as he collected a career-best 10 field goals. Brown scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. Sullivan finished with 15 and freshman guard Brian Rudolph scored 11 with five assists. Sophomore guard Brett Harvey scored eight points and handed out nine assists without a turnover and combined with Rudolph to keep Canisius' Frank Turner to just seven points on 2-17 shooting two days after the sophomore guard scored a career-high 26 in a win over Fairfield. Senior forward Omari Isreal led Loyola in rebounding with seven and recorded three second-half blocked shots.
Canisius was led by Vazquez-Simmons' double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Elton Frazier scored 14 and Greg Logins added 13 as the Golden Griffins held a 40-30 rebounding advantage over the Greyhounds, who entered the game first in the conference in rebounding margin in MAAC play.
Loyola remains in Buffalo to play Niagara, a 76-72 loser to Fairfield, on Tuesday in the game rescheduled from Friday.