Nov. 2, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's speed and athleticism was too much to handle for visiting Villa Julie as the Greyhounds routed the Mustangs 108-62 in an exhibition Friday night at Reitz Arena. Loyola played an up-tempo game, running the floor and creating turnovers with its full-court press. The home team forced 21 turnovers and converted them into 35 points while dominating in the paint - outscoring Villa Julie 62 to 16 down low. The `Hounds shot an impressive 68.3 percent from the floor while holding the Mustangs to just 34.5 percent.
"This was a good test for us to open with and we had a little more athleticism than they did tonight," fourth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos said following the lopsided win. "They're a good team; they went to the Division III NCAAs last year. I thought [senior forward] Omari Isreal gave us some good energy. He's really worked himself into shape and it is showing."
Loyola jumped off to a quick start, opening the contest on a 10-3 run. Senior forward Michael Tuck scored six of those points, including two lay-ups and a pair of free throws. The Greyhounds used a 19-6 run to pull away in the middle of the period -- fifteen of those points coming from lethal three-point shooting. The attack was led by junior guard Marquis Sullivan, who made all three of his three-pointers during the stretch. Loyola closed the half on a 10-0 sprint during the closing 4:30 to bring the score to 53-29 at intermission.
"Being the first game of the season we wanted to come out and try to fast break and get some easy shots," Sullivan commented. "We've been playing against each other for more than a month and it was good to get out and play against somebody else."
Loyola continued to be relentless during the second half as the `Hounds shot 76.7 percent and used their size and strength to wear down the Mustangs. The period featured an 11-0 Loyola run in which Isreal tipped in his own miss and followed the play with an explosive dunk off a steal.
"It was great getting out on the court and it felt real good," Isreal said. I just tried to go out there and feed off my teammates and get in a flow with everyone else."
Six Greyhounds finished the game in double digits. Senior guard Gerald Brown led all scorers with 20 points off 8-12 shooting. Isreal finished with 15 points and pulled down six rebounds. Freshman forward Isaac Reid and Sullivan each added 12 points, with the junior guard making a perfect 4-4 from long range. Tuck and junior point guard Joe Miles both tallied 10 points with Miles adding seven assists.
The Loyola Greyhounds will be in action a week from tonight as the season officially tips off against the Towson Tigers at Towson Arena. Game time is slated for 7 o'clock.
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