Feb. 23, 2007
Niagara University, N.Y. - Stanley Hodge scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead four Purple Eagles in double figures and lead Niagara to a 73-71 MAAC victory Friday night over Loyola at the Gallagher Center. The win pushes Niagara into a tie for second place in the MAAC standings at 12-5 (18-11 overall) while the Greyhounds fell to 11-6 and into fourth place (16-12 overall).
The Purple Eagles never trailed in the game and Loyola closed the game on a 14-7 run to pull within one and had possession of the ball down two, but turned the ball over on a pass at mid-court while trying to set up a final shot.
"It was a good game," Greyhounds third-year coach Jimmy Patsos said after the game. "Anytime you have a chance to win at the end on the road, that's all you can ask for. Gerald Brown in the spirit of this team. We missed Gerald's spirit as much as we missed his play."
After missing the previous two games, Brown scored a game-high 29 points with 23 of those coming in the second half as Loyola mounted a comeback from a 38-24 halftime deficit. The Greyhounds shot just 29.4 percent (10-34) prior to the intermission and 69.6 percent (16-23) in the second half.
"With it being my first game back, I was kind of nervous in the beginning," Brown commented. "In the first half, I had a lot of open shots and they didn't fall. Then I noticed that they started giving me the lane and I just tried to take what they gave me."
Niagara roared out to an 18-6 advantage as junior forward Charron Fisher tallied eight points. The Purple Eagles scored the last seven points of the half as Hodge scored four and Rydell Brooks converted a three-point play to push the lead to 14.
Lorenzo Miles finished the game with 17 points on five of seven shooting while playing just 19 minutes with foul trouble. Fisher added 16 and J.R. Duffey 13.
For Loyola, junior forward Omari Isreal was the only other player in double figures with 12. Starting guards Marquis Sullivan and Brett Harvey combined to score just three points in the game, the lone basket being a three-pointer by Sullivan with five seconds left in the game.
The regular-season finale for the Greyhounds is Sunday at Canisius. A win will put Loyola as either the second or third seed in the conference tournament while a loss drops them to fourth.