Feb. 7, 2010
Riverdale, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Shane Walker recorded his second straight double-double and Loyola used a balanced attack to post a 62-56 road win at Manhattan, giving the Greyhounds a sweep of the weekend road trip. It is Loyola's first road weekend sweep since January 2007.
"We grinded this one out," Greyhounds sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "[Senior guard] Tony Lewis came up huge for us today. First, he got us the ball back in the backcourt following their rebound and then we cleared it out for him and he banked in that layup. Both plays really helped us get this win."
The game featured nine ties before Loyola took the lead for good on a layup and free throw by junior guard Jamal Barney for a 48-46 advantage with 5:30 to play. A conventional three-point play by Manhattan's Darryl Crawford pulled the Jaspers within one at 51-50 with 3:57 remaining.
Both teams misfired on possessions and when Loyola missed again, Lewis stole the ball on the offensive end to give the Greyhounds another chance for a basket. Lewis had his number called and he drove the ball down the middle of the lane, banking in a layup following a clear out for a 53-50 lead with 2:09 left.
A pair of Crawford free throws with 92 seconds left made the score 54-52 in Loyola's favor. Following a Greyhounds timeout, freshman guard Robert Olson was the choice and he delivered, swishing a 14-footer from just inside the foul line for a 56-52 lead with one minutes left.
After a missed three-pointer on the Jaspers' end, Olson was fouled and he converted both attempts from the foul line for 58-52 Loyola lead with 45.5 remaining. Following a bucket by Mohamed Koita, junior guard Brian Rudolph pushed the Greyhounds advantage back to six with a pair of foul shots with 23.7 left. Walker and Rudolph each made foul shots for the final margin.
Both teams shot 35 percent for the game and Loyola grabbed the only eye-catching statistical category with 19 points off turnovers compared to just eight for Manhattan. The last time the Greyhounds swept a road weekend was January 19-21, 2007, with victories at Saint Peter's and Rider.
After a 12-and-12 performance in the win Friday night at Rider, Walker scored 12 points with 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double and the third of his career. Senior forward Jawaan Wright was Loyola's second-leading scorer with eight points in just 13 minutes while four players notched seven points apiece. Rudolph tallied six points with six assists and five rebounds with just one turnover.
Manhattan was led by a game-high 19 points by both Crawford and Rico Picket with Crawford adding a team-high 10 boards.
The Greyhounds are back in action again Friday night when they host Saint Peter's at 7 o'clock in a doubleheader at Reitz Arena with the women's team. Loyola's women play Iona at 4:30 p.m. The game will start a stretch of four home games in the final five for the Greyhounds.