Feb. 23, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola received contributions from all four of its classes and assured itself a winning record with a 67-64 non-conference victory over UC Davis Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Reitz Arena. The win was the third straight for the Greyhounds and 10th in 12 outings while UC Davis dropped its 10th straight.
The win did not come without some anxious moments for the home team. Tied at 60, junior guard Marquis Sullivan gave Loyola the lead for good with a three-pointer with 1:57 remaining. With 28 seconds left, the Aggies' David Carter blocked a Greyhounds shot, grabbed the defensive rebound and drove the length of the court. His short jumper missed and sophomore Brett Harvey grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 17.4 ticks remaining. Harvey made both and added a second pair with nine seconds left around a layup from Mark Payne to keep the game at two possessions. A layup by Vince Oliver seven seconds later closed out the scoring and Harvey's full court pass to senior guard Gerald Brown ended the game.
"They are a well-coached team," Greyhounds fourth-year coach Jimmy Patsos said following the win. "This was as tough a test as we could get for a tournament-type game. BracketBuster gives you a different look - a different team - a different league. I'm really happy we got the win.
It was a sluggish first half for the Greyhounds, falling behind 5-0 early on. Senior forward Michael Tuck scored the first baskets for the Greyhounds - muscling in a lay-up followed by a pull-up three-pointer from the top of the key. After a 6-0 run by UC Davis, Loyola trailed 16-11 with 13:16 remaining in the half. Loyola stayed with the Aggies, as freshman guard Tony Lewis grabbed his own miss and put back a lay-up to close the gap to 19-17. A 9-2 sprint by the visiting team gave the Aggies a nine-point advantage, but Loyola responded with an 8-0 run propelled by junior guard Marquis Sullivan's pair of threes. The `Hounds trailed 38-37 at the intermission as both teams shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the floor.
The Aggies widened their lead to 44-39 to start the second half, but a 6-0 spurt by freshman point guard Brian Rudolph gave Loyola a one-point advantage with 14:16 remaining. All three Rudolph field goals came in the lane as he sliced his way to the basket for lay-ups. The Greyhounds enjoyed a 58-54 lead before two free throws by Oliver capped off another 6-0 run by UC Davis with just 3:37 to play, giving the Aggies their last lead of the game.
Brown led the Greyhounds with 16 points and added six rebounds. Tuck finished with 13 points and collected nine boards while Sullivan ended with 14 points off the bench. Harvey added 12 points while connecting on all six of his free throws. Rudolph tallied six points, eight assists and tied his career high in rebounds with eight.
"We kind of needed a bucket and I got off a really good shot," Sullivan said of his final three-pointer to give Loyola its lead. "I let the game come to me better tonight. When that happens, I get some shots and today they were dropping.
UC Davis was led by Payne's 17 points and 12 points off the bench from Kyle Brucculeri. The Aggies offset a 40-23 rebounding deficit by scoring 20 points off 16 Greyhounds turnovers as opposed to just two Loyola points off Aggies miscues.
Loyola returns to MAAC play Thursday when it welcomes Canisius to Reitz Arena in the final home game of the season. Tip-off is at 7 o'clock.