Feb. 28, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior guard Jamal Barney scored nine of his game-high 24 points during a 12-0 second-half Greyhounds run and Loyola held Manhattan without a field goal for nearly nine minutes to pull away for a 71-59 MAAC home victory Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Reitz Arena.
The win secures the No. 8 seed for Loyola in next weekend's MAAC Championship as the Greyhounds finish the regular season at 13-16 and 6-12 in the MAAC. Manhattan ended its regular season 10-19 and 4-14 in league play, finishing as the ninth seed. The Greyhounds and Jaspers will play each other to open the 2010 MAAC Championship Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in a first-round game at Albany's Times Union Center.
When Manhattan's Andrew Gabriel connected on a pair of free throws with 7:33 remaining, the Jaspers had pulled within one point at 55-54. Loyola started its game-clinching run shortly after that with two Barney free throws. He added a layup on a nifty give-and-go with sophomore forward Shane Walker, another on a drive and then capped the run with a three-pointer as the shot clock expired for a 67-54 lead with 2:08 left. Barney ended his 24-point effort with a thunderous dunk on an assist from junior guard Brian Rudolph with 47 ticks remaining.
Barney scored half of his points during the game's final 10 minutes while Loyola's defense was forcing the Jaspers into 12 straight missed shots during a nearly nine-minute stretch. The Jaspers shot just 26.7 percent (8-30) after the intermission and Loyola finished the game with significant advantages in both bench points (37-16) and second-chance points (21-6).
Back to their traditional starting lineup, the Greyhounds got baskets from senior forward Jawaan Wright around a Rudolph driving layup to pull ahead 6-1 just 77 seconds into the game. Manhattan answered with eight straight for a 9-6 lead at the first media timeout and the teams were tied at 16 at the under-eight timeout.
That's when Loyola began to gain control. Sophomore guard J'hared Hall made a three-pointer as part of six straight points to give the Greyhounds a lead they would not relinquish as the differential varied between two and six points for the final 6:30 of the half. The intermission had Loyola leading 35-32.
The Greyhounds scored nine of 11 points to take a 47-38 lead with 13:23 remaining with Barney (five points) and freshman Julius Brooks (four points) sharing the points. When Barney drove the baseline for a layup with 10 minutes left, Loyola led 54-48. The Jaspers scored six points opposite a Barney free throw to set stage for his scoring run and Loyola's defensive effort.
Barney added nine rebounds to his 24 points, all coming in 26 minutes of action. Senior guard Brett Harvey was the only other Loyola player in double figures with 10, leaving him two points shy of 1,200 for his career and four points behind a spot in the all-time top 20 for career scoring. Walker finished with a career-high 14 rebounds, his fourth time with 10-plus boards and the Greyhounds are a perfect 4-0 in those games. Brooks bettered his career best with nine rebounds to go along with six points and Rudolph ended with eight points and six assists to move into fourth place all-time with 389 career helpers.
Manhattan received a double-double from Darryl Crawford with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Gabriel chipped in with 13 points and seven boards.