Feb. 17, 2007
Nashville, Tenn. - Senior guard Shane James connected on a baseline jumper with 22 seconds remaining to give Loyola the lead and junior forward Michael Tuck converted one of two free throws with six seconds left to lead the Greyhounds to a 62-60 non-conference victory at Tennessee State. The win was the 16th on the season for Loyola and clinched its second straight winning season for the first time since the Greyhounds posted four consecutive winning seasons between 1983-87.
Loyola improves to 16-11 on the season with a pair of MAAC contests left next weekend. Tennessee State fell to 11-18.
The Greyhounds raced out to a 36-22 halftime lead, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from three-point range. Seven different players scored, led by senior forward Josko Alujevic with 11.
Tennessee State clamped down defensively in the second half and limited Loyola to just five second-half field goals. The Tigers took their only lead of the game with 31 seconds left when Andrae Belton converted a three-point play to put Tennessee State ahead 60-59, setting up James' heroics.
"[Coach] Stokes told me to run a ball screen at the top of the key," James said about the winning shot. "He told me to attack the basket and take the shot if I got a good look or I would have Mo [Marquis Sullivan] in the corner and Josko at the top of the key. They switched a big guy on me and I tried to beat him down the middle. I knew he would try to block my shot, so I went with the fadeaway and it went in."
Assistant coach Terrell Stokes was designated as the head coach.
Sullivan and Alujevic tied for team-high honors, each scoring 14. Freshman guard Brett Harvey added 11 and five assists. James finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
Tennessee State was led by Clarence Matthews with 17 points and Belton finished with 10.
Loyola finishes the regular season next weekend with the annual trip to Western New York, visiting Niagara Friday and Canisius Sunday.