Feb. 19, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - Junior guard J'hared Hall led five Greyhounds in double figures with 19 points and Loyola roared out to an 18-point halftime lead and never trailed in posting a 75-57 non-conference road win at Towson Saturday night at the Towson Center.
The Greyhounds (14-13) raced out to a 14-2 lead five minutes into the as they made six of their first 10 shots with junior forward Shane Walker scoring five. With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Walker's three-point play increased the lead to 16 at 31-15 and sophomore guard Robert Olson drained a three-pointer with 2:28 remaining as Loyola doubled the Tigers, 38-19.
At the intermission, the Greyhounds led 40-22 after shooting 53.6 percent (15-28) while holding a significant 25-6 rebounding advantage. Walker had 12 points to lead all scorers and sophomore forward Erik Etherly added eight and a game-high five rebounds.
Etherly scored on consecutive possessions for Loyola's largest lead in the game at 44-24 with 18:43 to play, but the Tigers (4-23) would not go away. Working the ball inside each trip down the floor, Towson scored nine straight points and trailed just 52-42 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
But that's when Loyola's three-point shooting took over. Having made just three three-pointers to that point, first Olson connected on three three-pointers in less than three minutes and the Greyhounds had pushed their lead to 68-46 with 6:51 left. Then, while trying to use clock and shorten the game, Hall made four consecutive three-pointers in 127 seconds, the final one giving Loyola a 75-56 advantage with 2:26 remaining. Towson would add a free throw with 10.3 to play to end the scoring.
"I thought J'hared Hall picked us up and just wouldn't let us lose today," Greyhounds seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "These guys all know each other because of how close the campuses are and playing together in our summer league. Rivalry games are emotional games. I let our only senior Brian Rudolph give the pre-game speech. Whatever he said worked."
For the game, Loyola shot 50.9 percent (29-57) and 45.5 percent (10-22) from three-point range. The Greyhounds also held a 39-22 advantage off the glass. The game was the fourth this season that Loyola has placed five or more players in double figures - all Greyhounds wins. After Hall's team-high 19, Olson finished with 16, Walker added 14, Etherly chipped in with 12 and freshman guard Dylon Cormier closed with 10. Etherly and Rudolph tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds and Rudolph added a season-high seven assists.
Towson was led by Isaiah Philmore's game-high 20 points. Braxton Dupree added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The loss was the 16th straight for the Tigers.
Loyola returns to conference play this weekend when it makes its annual sojourn to Western New York, playing MAAC foes Niagara Friday and Canisius on February 27.