Feb. 7, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Senior guardMarquis Sullivan knocked down a deep three-pointer from the left side of the floor to put Loyola within 61-60 with 1:28 remaining, but Manhattan made seven free throws over the final minute to claim a 72-65 victory on Saturday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Reitz Arena.
After Sullivan's three pointer -- his fifth of the game -- Manhattan's Chris Smith and Laurence Jolicoeur both converted on a pair of free throws to give the Jaspers a 65-60 lead. Loyola would climb within 67-65 on two free throws from senior forward Brad Farrell with 23 ticks left, but Smith got open on the ensuing inbounds play and his breakaway slam dunk and free throw extended the lead back to five in the final seconds.
Loyola (11-14, 6-7 MAAC) put four players in double figures, highlighted by Sullivan's game-high 15 points, all coming from behind the arc. Farrell and sophomore guard Jamal Barney both chipped in with 12 apiece, while junior guard Brett Harvey added 11 points.
Smith led Manhattan (13-10, 7-6 MAAC) with 19 points, while Jolicoeur converted 15-of-15 free throws en route to 17 points.
Down 57-44 with 5:43 to play, Loyola went on a 9-0 run to put itself back in the game. Two Farrell layups -- both assisted by sophomore guard Brian Rudolph, who had five assists on the night -- initiated the spurt. Then, a pair of Rudolph free throws clawed Loyola within seven, 57-50, before another Sullivan trey cut the lead to four.
Trailing by seven, 31-24, at intermission, Loyola wasted little time in cutting into the Manhattan advantage. Sophomore forward Isaac Reid opened up the period with a putback on the Greyhounds' first possession. Then, Harvey knocked down a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a free throw from junior forward Jawaan Wright to push Loyola within one, 34-33, at the 17-minute mark.
But Manhattan used a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to push its lead to 12, 49-37. Jolicoeur chipped in with nine points, five of them coming from the charity stripe. The Jaspers converted 32-of-37 free throws (86.5-percent) for the game. Loyola would cut the lead to 51-44 on a Rudolph layup with 6:35 to play, but the Jaspers went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 57-44.
The Greyhounds were held to 34.5-percent shooting for the game, while the Jaspers shot at a 45.5-percent accuracy. Manhattan won the rebounding battle, 36-27.
Loyola will be back in action on Monday evening to face Siena for a 7 o'clock tip. The game will be available in the Mid-Atlantic region on MASN.