Nov. 3, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Led by 29 points from junior guard Gerald Brown (Baltimore, Md./Frederick Douglass HS), the Loyola Greyhounds never trailed as it shot 58.8 percent from the floor (30-51) en route to a 85-67 victory over Catholic University in a men's basketball exhibition game Friday night in front of 1,445 at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds raced out to an 11-2 advantage just four minutes into the contest as Brown scored the first seven points and built a 23-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the game before the Cardinals closed the gap to 16 with under a minute left. Loyola shot 66.7 percent (14-21) in the second half, including 5-8 from three-point range.
"I thought we played hard tonight," third-year head coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the win. "We did some good things and we did some bad things and we have to work on some things to get ready for next week. But it was good to play someone else."
The 1989 Catholic graduate was particularly complimentary to his alma mater and their coaching staff. "It was great to play my alma mater. I wouldn't be here without them. It's good for the Catholic schools to play each other and they are very well coached."
Brown poured in 19 points in 19 minutes in the first half, scoring on an array of twisting lay-ups and from long-range (3-5 three-pointers). The additional 10 in the second half came from four field goals and a pair of free throws. He added six rebounds while playing 34 minutes in his first game action in almost two years after transferring from Providence College.
"It was all within the offense," Brown said regarding his 29-point outburst. "I felt a little rusty after not having played in two years. I got the first-game jitters out, so that was good."
Patsos was pleased with Brown's effort after the lay-off. "I hope he can do that every night. He can score a lot of different ways and I thought he showed a lot of enthusiasm out there on the court."
Sophomore guard Marquis Sullivan (Westminster, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was the only other Greyhounds player in double figures with 15 on 5-8 from three-point range as 10 of the 11 Loyola players who saw game action scored. Junior forward Michael Tuck (Toronto, Ontario/Markham District) added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds while freshman guard Brett Harvey (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North) got the nod at starting point guard and scored eight points while handing out four assists.
The Cardinals were led by senior forward Patrick Dwyer with 22 points, including 10-12 from the free-throw line. Senior guard/forward Scott Fumai scored 15 points and senior guard/forward Steven Papageorge added 11. The Cardinals were outrebounded 35-24 for the game.
The regular season gets in one week when the Greyhounds travel to Queens, N.Y., the weekend of November 10-11 to participate in the 2006 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. First-round action pits the Greyhounds against the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen on Friday at 6:00 p.m. The other matchup that night features the Red Storm of St. John's hosting the Ospreys of North Florida at 8 o'clock. Saturday's consolation game is at 6:00 p.m. with the winners meeting at 8 o'clock for a chance to advance to the championship round at Madison Square Garden the following weekend.