Feb. 9, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola Greyhounds returned to winning form Friday night with a dramatic 77-74 win over conference foe Canisius. With 36 seconds left in the game and the score 72-70, senior forward Josko Alujevic hit a one-hander in the paint as the shot clock expired giving the `Hounds a four-point advantage. After two missed three-point attempts by the Golden Griffins and a missed free throw on the front end of a one-and-one, freshman point guard Brett Harvey was sent to the charity stripe. Harvey connected on both free throws putting the Greyhounds up six. The Griffins attempted to come back connecting on two lay-ups but the `Hounds ran out the clock to earn the win.
The victory ends a two-game losing streak for Loyola and keeps the `Hounds tied for first place in the MAAC with Marist. The win makes the Greyhounds 10-4 in the conference and 14-10 overall. The 10 conference wins equals the school record first established by the 1991-92 squad (10-6) and equaled by the 1996-97 team (10-4). With the loss, the Griffins have lost three games in a row and drop to 6-8 in league play and 11-13 on the season.
The `Hounds jumped out to a quick start against the Griffins in the first meeting of the year between the two teams. With the score knotted at two, Loyola opened a 13-point lead thanks to a 15-2 run. Canisius quickly responded and tied the game at 24 using a 9-0 run to climb back in the game. Junior guard Gerald Brown and sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan led the way for the Greyhounds in the first half each scoring 11. Darnell Wilson provided much of the offense for Canisius tallying 14 points. Despite the Griffins shooting 30 percent from the field the score was tied 36-36 at intermission.
The second half was a see-saw battle featuring 13 lead changes and five ties. A 6-0 run by Canisius gave the Griffins a 57-52 advantage with 10:37 to play. Brown answered scoring five straight points off two separate finger-rolls and one free throw. The `Hounds found themselves down late in the game 67-63, but a 9-1 run by Loyola, all points coming via Brown, gave the Greyhounds the lead for good.
Brown was the leading scorer in the game with 29 points. Sullivan added 16 points off 4-for-8 shooting from downtown and junior forward Omari Isreal collected his third career double-double, all coming in his last three homes games, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Juniors Michael Tuck and Hassan Fofana returned to the lineup to play six and four first-half minutes, respectively, after both missing games due to injury.
Wilson led the way for Canisius with 28 points and 11 boards. Chuck Harris recorded a double-double as well scoring 16 and grabbing 10 boards.
The `Hounds return to action Sunday at 4:00 against the Fairfield Stags. The game will be televised and seen locally on MASN.