Feb. 16, 2008
Albany, N.Y. - Senior guard Greg Manning came off the bench cold to knock down a three-pointer with eight seconds remaining to tie the score and send the contest to overtime and freshman guard Brian Rudolph scored seven straight points in the overtime to lead Loyola to an 83-76 MAAC road win at Siena. The win gave the Greyhounds a season sweep over the Saints and moved Loyola within one game of first place in the standings.
"It was an honor for our program to be in the game," Loyola fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the game. "Greg Manning was one of the first players we recruited when we got the job and for him to come off the bench cold like that and knock down that shot says a lot about him as a player and what he has meant to our program."
With Siena ahead 66-63, Rudolph corralled a missed jump shot by Saints guard Tay Fisher. During a Loyola time out, Patsos inserted Manning into the lineup for his first appearance of the game. Rudolph found Manning on the baseline in front of the Loyola bench and the senior drained the three-pointer with eight seconds remaining. Siena had one last chance in regulation, but Edwin Ubiles missed a three-pointer with four seconds left and Kenny Hasbrouck misfired on an offensive putback before the horn sounded.
In the overtime, the Greyhounds won the opening tap and senior forward Michael Tuck scored 14 seconds in and then he rebounded an Ubiles miss on the defensive end. From there, Rudolph scored seven straight with two layups sandwiched around a three-pointer to give Loyola a 75-67 lead with 1:42 left. The Greyhounds made eight straight free throws in the overtime to build a 12-point lead before Ubiles scored the final five points of the game to close out the scoring.
"I just wanted to get in and get a good look," Manning said of the final play. "With Brett [Harvey] and Marquis [Sullivan] out there, there were some three-point shooters out there and I just went to the corner and got a look and it went down for me."
Siena held a 57-49 lead with 7:25 remaining before the Greyhounds mounted their comeback. Rudolph's conventional three-point play knotted the game at 63 with 2:25 left, but Siena's Josh Duell made three of four free throws to give the Saints the 66-63 advantage.
Harvey led Loyola with 19 points to lead four Greyhounds in double figures. Senior forward Michael Tuck posted his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Rudolph finished with a career-high 15 points and Sullivan added 10 points off the bench. Loyola outrebounded the Saints 44-28 and shot 80.0 percent in the overtime and 92.6 from the free-throw line (25-27).
Ubiles led all scorers with 37 points. Duell scored 11 and Kenny Hasbrouck was limited to 10.
The Greyhounds return home to host first-place Rider, which dropped an 88-76 decision at Fairfield.