Feb. 6, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Bernard Allen registered his first double-double of the season and junior Linton Hinds matched a career-high with 18 points as the Greyhounds raced past Manhattan 77-70 at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
"If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best," said Loyola Head Coach Jimmy Patsos in reference to the defending MAAC champion Jaspers. "Manhattan is a very good team I don't want to see them in the conference tournament. They beat Florida in the NCAA Tournament last season."
In a game that saw four players foul out and 86 free throw attempts, the Greyhounds controlled throughout and maintained leads of 12 and 14 points for much of the second half. Loyola out-rebounded the Jaspers 49-25, pulling down 19 offensive boards to Manhattan's six.
Freshman Freddie Stanback got the Greyhounds rolling early with a pair of first-half three-pointers, the second giving Loyola a 33-25 lead with 3:40 on the clock. Stanback extended the lead to 37-28 with a lay-up at 0:37 and junior Charlie Bell closed out the half with a buzzer-beating three-point shot to put the `Hounds up 40-28, their largest halftime lead of the season.
The second stanza began with a technical foul on Manhattan Coach Bobby Gonzalez and the Jaspers never fully recovered, missing all five second-half three-pointers while registering only two offensive rebounds. Allen, who finished the game with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, gave the Greyhounds a 16-point cushion four minutes in the period, scoring a leaner to make the score 48-32.
Shane James, who didn't start for the first time this season, played big down the stretch, making 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including a three-point shot that killed a Jasper rally, putting Loyola up 60-48 with 9:30 remaining in regulation.
Manhattan, behind Peter Mulligan's 23 points, would cut the lead to four points with 1:50 left on the clock. The Greyhounds remained calm and finished out the game at the free throw line, where Hinds connected on three of Loyola's final five points to help snap its 10-game losing streak to Manhattan.
James finished with 15 points and Stanback posted 13 to give the Greyhounds four double-digit scorers on the day. Allen's double-double and career-high rebounding performance came despite fouling out at the 2:49 mark.
The Greyhounds are now 3-9 in the MAAC and 4-17 on the year while Manhattan falls to 10-11 overall and 5-8 in the MAAC. Loyola takes on Siena this Thursday, February 10 at the Pepsi Arena.
"We'll see how mature of a team we are when we go up to Siena," says Patsos. "I made a mistake after we beat Niagara earlier this season and we came out flat against Mount Saint Mary's. It will be business as usual this week."