Feb. 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola Greyhounds tied a school record with thirteen three-pointers Wednesday night as the `Hounds routed the Rider Broncs 95-73 at Reitz Arena. Loyola shot 56.5 percent (13-for-22) from downtown and 62.1 percent overall in the win while also dominating the Broncs in the paint, outscoring them 34-18. Three Loyola players, senior forward Josko Alujevic, sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan, and freshman guard Brett Harvey all set new career highs in the performance.
The win brings the Greyhounds to 15-11 overall and improves Loyola's conference record to 11-5 in the MAAC, creating a three-way tie for first place with Marist and Niagara. The win guaranteed that the Greyhounds will play their first game at the MAAC Championships in the quarterfinals anmd also establishes a school record for the 11th MAAC win. Rider drops to 8-8 in the conference and 14-12 on the season. Loyola played without leading scorer Gerald Brown, who did not dress after being hospitalized overnight Sunday with dehydration and exhaustion. The team dedicated the win to teammate Dan Ficke, whose mother is gravely ill and has missed the last couple of weeks to be by her side.
"I'm happy that we played better without Gerald Brown," third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the win. "Obviously, we want Gerald back, but it was important to show we can play without him. But we hope he plays Saturday [at Tennessee State]."
With Loyola leading 17-16 at the 8:50 mark in the first half, the Greyhounds ripped off a 19-2 run to open an 18-point advantage. During that span Loyola connected on five threes, led by Sullivan and Harvey who each hit a pair. Rider ended the half on a 12-4 spurt to bring the score to 45-35 at intermission. Jason Thompson and Terrance Mouton did the majority of the damage for Rider totaling 22 of their 35 points.
Loyola opened the second half on a 10-2 run to quickly build their lead back to eighteen. The `Hounds would not look back as later in the period Loyola would go on another 10-2 streak to make the score 74-54. All ten points were scored by Sullivan as the `Hounds cruised the rest of the way.
Sullivan scored a game-high 24 points by shooting 8-for-12 from the field including 6-for-6 from downtown. Harvey finished with 19 points and dished out six assists. In his final home game, Alujevic tallied 23 points and brought down six boards.
"We have a couple of guys hurt and we had to step up," Alujevic said. "I've been feeling great ever since Jimmy took me to China [as part of the MAAC All-Stars in July 2005]. I have self-confidence and I am getting more time to play to show the coaches what I can do."
Thompson and Mouton led the way for the Broncs each finishing with 18 points. Kamron Warner chipped in scoring 13 points off 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
The `Hounds travel south over the weekend to take on Tennessee State in a non-conference Bracket Buster game on Saturday.
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