Feb. 5, 2010
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Senior guard Brett Harvey led five Greyhounds in double figures with 15 points and sophomore forward Shane Walker posted his second career double-double to lead Loyola to an 80-73 MAAC road win at Rider Friday night. The win gave the Greyhounds a sweep of the Broncs for the season and ended Rider's three-game win streak.
"This was a tough place to play and we were very fortunate to get a win tonight," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "Everyone asked what happened to us in January and I tell them that we didn't have Brett Harvey. Well, we have him back now and that was the difference."
But before Harvey's steady play, the win would not have been possible without the sharp-shooting of sophomore guard J'hared Hall. Trailing 15-4 just 2:43 into the contest, Hall was inserted into the lineup and led Loyola on a 16-0 run by knocking down four three-pointers, the last to give the Greyhounds a 20-15 lead at the 12:25 mark. The teams exchanged runs and leads for the rest of the half and Rider held a 45-43 lead at the intermission.
Loyola continued a 14-4 run that spanned both halves three minutes into the second half, taking a 54-49 lead on Harvey's three-pointer with 16:58 remaining. The Broncs fought back to take a 60-58 lead with 10:30 left before the Greyhounds began their run to take a lead they never relinquished.
While Rider was missing four shots and committing three turnovers, Loyola scored 10 straight, a run capped by a steal and a layup by junior guard Brian Rudolph for a 68-60 lead with 8:47 remaining, the Greyhounds' largest lead of the contest.
The Broncs pulled within 70-68 with 5:26 left, but a baseline jumper and a conventional three-point play by senior forward Jawaan Wright pushed the Loyola advantage to 75-69 with 4:23 remaining. Rider answered again, climbing back within two points at 75-73 with 2:37 left on a Justin Robinson layup. But those points would the last ones scored by the Broncs as they missed five straight shots and a pair of free throws to end the game.
Meanwhile, the Greyhounds got a put-back by freshman guard Robert Olson with 100 seconds left and iced the game on a pair of Walker free throws with 28.1 ticks remaining as Loyola ended the game scoring the final five points.
After Harvey's 15 points, Hall's 14 - all in the first half - were next. Walker and Rudolph each scored 12 points with Walker adding a career-high 12 rebounds. Olson's final basket gave him 10 points as Loyola placed five players in double figures for the first time since January 2009.
Robinson led five Rider double-digit scorers with a game-high 19. Brandon Penn added 11 off the bench and Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson evenly split 20. Ryan Thompson, the MAAC's Preseason Player of the Year, scored 14 points, shooting just three-for-15 from the field. In the two games this season, Thompson went a combined four-for-25 (16.0 percent).
Loyola is back in action again on Sunday, closing its two-game road trip with a visit to Manhattan for the first game of the season against the Jaspers. Game time on Super Bowl Sunday is 2 o'clock. The Greyhounds are home again one week from tonight when they host Saint Peter's in Reitz Arena at 7 o'clock.